At the very moment that I write, I’m sitting in my favorite coffee shop – Shenandoah Joe. The woman across from me is surrounded 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 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 also recently published Writing Day In and Day Out, a book with some tips, reflections, and personal stories about the life of a writer.
I self-published, a decision I 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, coach writers, edit manuscripts for other writers, and run writing retreats at our farm in Virginia. 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 stroll.
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]
Thanks for reading.
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