I’m a writer, creative mentor and teaching artist offering poetry and creative writing workshops, as well as other courses for artists and creatives at Interlochen College of Creative Arts in northern Michigan. I also run Poetry Forge, an incubator for writers and their work in Easthampton, Massachusetts. You can also find me guest teaching at PS183 (Stockbridge, MA); Glen Arbor Art Association (Glen Arbor, MI); and other fine arts institutions.
I especially enjoy providing practical and creative support to writers and artists as they develop new work, birth manuscripts, and create live performances and public projects. Many of my students and clients have won awards for their poetry collections, while others have used their portfolios to get into highly-ranked graduate programs and residencies.
On this site you’ll find information about my face-to-face and online correspondence courses, mentoring, quarterly 21 Day Poetry Challenges and Poetry Apprenticeship Program.
“To live well and feel whole, most of us need to solve the riddle of how to engage our particular genius in service of something meaningful—even beautiful. Whatever hat I may be wearing, and regardless of the project, I help others unfetter their imagination and give form to their ideas by providing alternative pathways, sane strategies and solidarity in the creative process.”
Listen to me talk about how I came to do what I do on this 15 minute podcast, recorded at FULFILLAMENT, a live storytelling event in which speakers tell their story of finding meaning and purpose through vocation.
Background: I studied creative writing at University of Michigan and at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland. My poems, articles and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, The Ecologist and in the book We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso, 2003). Her most recent collection of poems is Pilgrim (Alice Greene & Co., 2014). My first chapbook, The Grass Impossibly, was selected by poet Fleda Brown, and awarded publication by Michigan Writers Cooperative Press in 2008. With my husband, author Matt Rigney, I co-directs STORYhouse Partners and live in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.