Poet, author, and playwright. Have written two original drama TV pilots, and several TV specs. Former Chicago Tribune writer with TEMPOWOMAN. In the 90s, I received a Warner Bros.,/Lorimar Writers Fellowship Workshop. Recipient of two Illinois Arts Council grants in poetry, a Los Angeles Theater Playwriting Wordsmith Fellowship, and a McDonald's Grand Prize Literary Achievement Award in poetry. Author of "Women Hold up the Sky" poetry, "Creating a Map of Your World," non-fiction, and "Obama's Hope: Our Children Envisioning the Future," non-fiction. Taught G.E.D., classes at both Wright Jr., College, and Truman College. Taught Modern, Greek and Roman Drama & History of Plays, at the University of Southern California. In 2010, I created a progressive Internet Radio show titled "Heart of a Woman," which I produced and hosted for five years." Popular interviews with several such luminaries as: Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, author and recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant, Les Brown, International Motivational Speaker, Bonnie St. John, Paralympics Medalist and author, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, bestselling author of "Hiroshima in the Morning."
Unique traits: I was born an optimist, probably due to the fact the universe knew I would need that necessary trait, in order to rebound from several of life's losses and adversities. I am a fiercely resilient person!!! I'm an award-winning poet, and I love the immediacy and lyrical and emotional beauty of poetry. I read at least several poems a day, and write at least one or more poems a week. I am an avid daily walker, and I also enjoy daily yoga and Pilates. Periodically I enjoy soap making and ceramics, in between writing. When I lived in Los Angeles 14 years ago, I went hiking every weekend. I'm also an avid reader of novels, non-fiction, plays, TV scripts and screenplays. This is such a vibrant time to be an artist!!