I’m a children’s author and poet. I also write poetry, essays, and articles for adults.

Words anchor me and create a conduit to my place in the world. I strive to have my work reflect a life in and of the world rather than isolation from it.

REENI'S TURNMy middle grade novel in verse, REENI’S TURN, was a 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adults and Children’s Writing Finalist presented by Hunger Mountain, VCFA Journal of the Arts and judged by Katherine Applegate. Excerpts of REENI’S TURN appear in the Spring/Summer 2015 Hunger Mountain, and I’m currently deepening and enriching the story before my agent sends it out on submission.

'PRAIRIE' SCREENSHOTI love the time I spend writing, and I do it without concern for when – or if – my work will be published. I work hard to stay focused on the story I want to tell, and the journey of creating it. 

Some ideas take shape best as picture books or children’s fiction or verse, some are poetic images of moments in time, and some are personal essays, memoir, or articles.


My work has appeared in magazines, literary journals, and newspapers, as well as on radio and inside buses, and I’ve won awards for picture book manuscripts, essays, and poetry.

As a writer/psychotherapist, I’m fascinated by brain research in the fields of Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. I’ve written extensively about the emotional life of writers and the body of skills we can practice to create and maintain resilient and meaningful lives. Many articles are archived in the Illinois Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ online journal,  Prairie Wind, The Flourishing Writer. I’m also honored to be one of Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Cynsations Reporters posting thoughts, advice, and explorations of the writer’s inner life.