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Welcome.  Whether you came here on purpose or by accident, I’m delighted you found me.  I write poetry and nonfiction.  I do this for the same reason a painter paints or a dancer dances: I have no choice.  But I know very well that you, the reader, do have a choice about how you spend your valuable time.  That’s why I strive for poetry and prose that is accessible and compassionate.  I value mystery in writing, but I don’t want to leave you merely puzzled.  I’d rather break your heart or make you think, “Yes, that’s how it is.”  Take a few minutes to read a poem or a short nonfiction piece. 

"Religion Class" is from my most recent book, Joliet In My Blood. I grew up in Joliet, Illinois, and the grit and beauty of that former steel town has deeply influenced my writing.

Coming Fall 2014
JOLIET IN MY BLOOD
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