I am instinctively drawn to literature where reality is just a little off the beaten track. It’s not exactly fantasy; it’s more like the magic realism, where the unconscious world takes form and shape, and ideas walk, talk and breathe. I’m drawn to quirky, gently absurd, slightly dark humor, but never nihilism.
When it comes to reading, I have broad taste, from Tolstoy to Louise Erdrich to Phillip Pullman, but when I try to write reality-based stories, I go a little brain dead. I save realism for my essays. For the past 20 years, I have been teaching fiction writing, public speaking and composition at SUNY Adirondack with Nancy White, who is the president of Word Works. At SUNY ADK, I founded the visiting author series, The Writers Project with five years of funding from NEA, now run by poet Stuart Bartow and was recently promoted to Distinguished Professor.
I now run the Teacher Resource Group, on campus, where teachers gather once a month to share teaching strategies. I’m part of the WMD publishing support group (see our Women of Mass Dissemination.wordpress.com) and the fiction group SUAWP (Shut up and write, please).
My stories have appeared in The North American Review, Eclectica, and The Collagist among others. I was was a finalist for the Franz Kafka Award issued by Doctor T.J. Eckleburgh Review as well as the Black Lawrence Chapbook Contest of 2015 and The Talking Writing Award for humorous writing advice. My story “The Opal Maker” was named top fifty of 2015 very short fiction publications by Wigleaf. My magical realist novel, The Ciphery was a finalist for the Heekin Group Foundation James Fellowship. I am now a lifestyle blogger for The Times Union.
I also collaborated on the novel Feeding Christine by Barbara Chepaitis (Bantam 2001) and wrote the libretto for Billy and Zelda, an opera commissioned and performed by OperaDelaware.
I was also a contributor to Refiguring the Ph.D. in English Studies: Writing, Doctoral Education and The Fusion-based Curriculum by Steve North (NCTE 2001). I graduated from Oberlin College and earned my Doctor of Arts in writing at the University at Albany.