Writer/Teaching Artist   1975- Present

Alternative Literary Programs in the Schools (ALPS), Buffalo Teachers’ Center, Canisius Summer Writers’ Camp, Empire State Partnerships, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Gay and Lesbian Youth Services, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Jewish Center, Leadership Buffalo, Simple Gifts Women’s Shelter, NYS Literary Center, NYS Summer Institute, University of Coimbra, Portugal, Young Audiences of Western New York, and others. Teaching creative writing, directing arts-in-education programs, and/or offering professional development seminars in schools, community sites, teachers’ centers and businesses, as well as free-lance arts, business, and technical writing

Arts-in-Education Consultant      1999-Present

University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Belgais Centre for the Study of the Arts, Portugal. Resident poet/teaching artist conducting seminars and hands-on workshops on integrating creative writing into school curricula

Development Director   1995-2001

El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera, Inc. (El Museo)

Grant-writing, fund-raising, marketing, membership, financial record-keeping

Owner/Operator   1979-1985 and 1991-1997

Orchard Press and Weird Sisters Press

Letterpress printing, chapbook publishing


Or, the Whale, complete edition, Blazevox Books, 2010

Or, the Whale, Part 1, shuffaloff press, 1993

Snapshots of Paradise, Just Buffalo Press, 1981

Dozens of poems and articles published in journals such as Salmagundi and Denver Quarterly, and in anthologies, textbooks, newsletters, etc.


2005 Association of Teaching Artists NYS Teaching Artist of the Year

Just Buffalo Literary Center’s first Writer-in-Residence Prize

New York State Creative Artist Public Fellowship

2012 Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Literary Legacy Award

Twice honored by Young Audiences of WNY for teaching artistry


BA in English, SUNY at Buffalo, 1976, summa cum laude

MA in Liberal Studies, Poetics, SUNY Empire State College, 2006


Multi-year National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works panelist, NYS Council on the Arts arts education panelist, Certified yoga instructor,

Let’s create something together.