National Coming Out Day

Have you ever hidden something from people you know would judge you for it? You know today they see you as competent, reliable, steady, respectful, responsible… But you know something they don’t know.Only a select few know this hidden gem of information. The random puzzle piece that nobody seems to find because it’s hidden under…

but the flames – a full-length poetry collection

I am thrilled to announce that my full-length poetry collection but the flames is now available for PRESALE. Click HERE to order. So excited about this… not just about the book, but about the blurbs others have written… people whose works I admire… poets and authors who KNOW what they’re talking about, and these poets…

Well Hello.

Wow. I have not written a blog post in a LONG time. I will fix that… However, today is something special. I had a tarot reading today, because the Mercury retrograde season is upon us, and I am interested in what the world has in store for me. First, memories will start to come up…

Spotlight on Writers on Spillwords

Friends, on November 25, 2017, my interview with Spillwords.com will be published. I am thrilled to share my work and inspiration with the readers and writers at Spillwords. Here are a couple snippets of the interview, and my “assisted selfie” headshot (my favorite picture!) 1.        Where do you hail from? I was…

Runner Up, a Grant, a Reading, and an Open Mic

On October 26, 2017, I found out that I was the RUNNER UP for the 2017 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award (Poetry). I am beyond thankful and honored to be selected from a group of over 300 submissions. That same day I found out that I was accepted for an Individual…

Long-Listed, and Short-Listed

I am honored to be among FOUR Americans long-listed for the 2017 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, and the only American short-listed. I never thought I would ever be a performer. I always knew I wanted to teach and make a difference, but being on stage, performing a poem that I wrote,…

Write and Author: Interview, and a few headshots

I cannot believe I waited so long to share my interview at Write and Author.A hundred apologies for the delay and a thousand thank yous to @WriteandAuthor and @MrsAndiLutz for the opportunity to share. A few highlights from the interview: What inspires your poetry? Most of my poetry is inspired by “regular” life. I find beauty in the…

Interview at HocTok

A while back the editors at HocTok.com approached me for an interview. Where did they find me? How did they know me? They are based in Brooklyn, NY and I live in Fargo, ND. I am hardly a known poet, yet my work found its way to an online publication in NEW YORK CITY? I…

Be Daring.

Okay, so we are into a new year, a new beginning with new struggles, new lessons, new writing, new everything. Many young people do not realize the damage this country has gone through with inept leaders at the helm.Typically I would not “go political” on a professional blog, but so many artists and writers are…

The Basil O’Flaherty – Feminist Voices Interview

Thank you to for the interview on Feminist Voices. Here are some highlights. Read the entire Interview Here. Q: Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?A: I think first and foremost I am a humanist. I truly believe that a woman and a man, though they have different brain chemistries, can accomplish…