Writer, author, memoir teacher. I write about the connections we find by giving each other the time and space to be heard.


Honorable Mention, 2020 Art of Creative Unity Award,  International Human Rights Art Festival, for “Notes From an American Island.” 

Honorable Mention, 2019 Bucks County Historical Society writing contest, for “One April Day.” 

First Prize Winner, 2018 Susan Wittig Albert Life-writing Competition, sponsored by Story Circle Network, for “Thirty-two Words for Peace.” 

Finalist, 2016 Ruminate Magazine Spiritual Nonfiction Prize, for “Late Blessing”

Finalist, 2015 Eludia Award, for “Where the Stork Flies”

Grand Prize Winner, Wild River Review, Every Family Has a Story Contest, for “Orchid in the Snow,” December 2013.

First Prize, Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Short Story Contest, for “Cold Beer and Great Good,” April 2012.

Honorable Mention, Smoke City Narrators Novel Pitch and First Five Pages Contest, for “Memoirs of the Queen of Poland,” Summer 2011.

Winner, Fall Essay Contest, Obit-Mag.com, for “The Wheels on the Bus,” November 2010.

First prize, Mom Writers Literary Magazine, Summer Short Fiction Contest, for “We Believe You to Be Our Mother,” September 2007.

Third prize, Bucks County Writers Workshop summer writing contest, for “What We Say When We Don’t Know What to Do,” August 9, 2005.

Second prize, creative nonfiction, Philadelphia Writers Conference, for “A Connecting Thread,” June 2004.

Nominated for The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, 2003, for “My Body, My Self,” published in Mindprints, Vol III, 2003.

Second prize for fiction, first JAW Magazine contest, for “Anything Could Happen,” Summer, 2003.

Special honorable mention, Byline Magazine Profile Contest, for “Peace Talks,” May 2003.

Second prize, Writers Lounge True Love True Tales Contest, for “Weeding in the Garden of Love,” May, 2002.

Honorable Mention, Byline Magazine Memoir Contest, for “Whispers,” April, 2002.

Fourth prize, ByLine Magazine New Talent Short Story Contest, for “We Believe You to Be Our Mother,” November, 2001.

Honorable Mention, Baltimore Writers’ Alliance Micro-Fiction Contest, for “We Believe You to Be Our Mother,” September 24, 2001.

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