At the very moment that I write, I’m sitting in my favorite coffee shop – Shenandoah Joe. The woman across from me is surround by piles of papers and library books. She makes me want to work harder.
I’m a writer, a teacher, an editor, and a reader. Sometimes more of one of those than the other.
Recently, I published a book called The Slaves Have Names. The book tells the stories of the people who were enslaved on the plantation where I was raised and shares my journey of getting to know them. I self-published the book, a decision a vacillate between loving and loathing, depending on the moment and the predominance of solar flares.
I write mainly creative nonfiction and sometimes get something published. Most often I just get rejection letters that I dutifully file because some day I’ll be able to make my own recycled paper house from crushed up and hardened rejection slips.
Additionally, I teach writing and edit manuscripts for other writers. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Literature, and I’ve taught at several colleges and universities all around the country including George Mason University, Cecil College, Stevenson University, Santa Clara University, and Solano College.
During my free moments, I practice yoga, not as regularly as I should, and I’m a big fan of the str
oll. I also crochet, cross-stitch, and clear fallen logs from the 10 acres I own in the mountains of Virginia as my husband P and I prepare this little farm, God’s Whisper, to become a retreat for writers and other artists. Soon, I will have goats and chickens, and my Facebook time will be greatly curtailed.
That’s me. So if you have more personal questions, think carefully about whether you want to know the answers, and if you still do, write me at [email protected]
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