New online Writing Workshops I’m teaching this summer

for all levels beginning June 4th. See below for details. Poet’s Companion Writing Group June 4-June 25, 2021, Fridays from 2-3pm on Zoom Each session of this four-week workshop will focus on exploring a different writing prompt, allowing us to take time to write separately before coming together to share what we’ve written. Working fromContinue reading “New online Writing Workshops I’m teaching this summer”

Remembering My Grandmother

A poem I wrote recently about my travels through Italy in spring 2019 after losing my grandmother unexpectedly just a week before her 95th birthday. She’s on my mind lately as the snow is melting and days are growing warmer. She died on Easter, which is fitting as she was the center of our familyContinue reading “Remembering My Grandmother”

Laugh lines: Celebrating the Beauty of Aging

These are photos I took of residents at Cathedral Square Assisted Living a few years ago, which feel particularly meaningful these days when so many older people have been socially isolated. I had the pleasure of working with these people daily as an activities coordinator, so I got to know their many faces and moods.Continue reading “Laugh lines: Celebrating the Beauty of Aging”

Calling all Poetry Lovers: Virtual Reading on January 27, 6:30 pm

I’m hosting a poetry reading and open mic later this month at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.  It’s on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30 pm and will feature Vermont poets Geof Hewitt, Tricia Knoll and Joanne Mellin. The open mic spots are all filled up , but you can still hunker down at home toContinue reading “Calling all Poetry Lovers: Virtual Reading on January 27, 6:30 pm”

Bound by Silken Thread

Unraveling a Family’s Legacy in Silk City:  I like to imagine my great-grandma, Anna, at 37 walking home from the silk factory in Paterson, New Jersey, during the late 1930s. Her long, gleaming black hair, never once cut, would be coiled into a bun—sweaty tendrils escaping around her temples. Her olive cheeks would be flushedContinue reading “Bound by Silken Thread”

A Mystical Quest

Anyone with a taste for the arcane has heard of Kutna Hora, the medieval town 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of Prague, with its assortment of esoteric treasures – the Gothic cathedral of St. Barbara, the underground labyrinth of silver mines and the ossuary, or bone church,” in the nearby town of Sedlec. But ifContinue reading “A Mystical Quest”