I’ve written “chronicles” and articles that explore our inner lives since I was in high school.


Over the years as a children’s author and clinical social worker, I began to focus on the inner lives of creative writers

and the emotional resilience that is foundational to our journeys.


I would love to hear from you about your own journey and about topics of interest for my ongoing columns and blog posts.


Regular Columns and Blog Posts


Selected Articles, Essays, and Guest Posts


Awards & Residencies

  • Illinois Arts Council Grant, 2018-19 and 2020-21

  • Ragdale Foundation Writer’s Residency, 2016

  • Highlights Foundation scholarship for Novel in Verse workshop, 2012

  • Highlights Foundation scholarship for Picture Book workshop, 2006

  • REENI’S TURN (novel-in-verse), Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition, Honorable Mention, 2018

  • JAKEY’S JAZZY RHYTHM (picture book), Katherine Paterson Award Finalist, 2016

  • REENI’S TURN (novel-in-verse), Katherine Paterson Award Finalist, 2014

  • “Secondly” (flash fiction), Women on Writing Flash Fiction Award Second Place, 2012

  • THE INSIDE OUT, UPSIDE DOWN, JUST-SO HANUKKAH MIRACLE (picture book), The Whole Megillah Award Honorable Mention, 2010.

  • EMMA AND TRICKY (picture book), Smart Writers Award Third Place, 2006

  • THIS AND THAT (picture book), Kay Snow Award for Children’s Ms., First Place, 2002