WV Public Radio Story on the Expressive Writing with Patients with Cancer

This week West Virginia Public Radio aired a story by Kara Lofton about the Expressive Writing Project we're doing with patients with cancer.  

It featured Lacie Lee Wallace, who not only shared her story with us, but also is a multimedia artist. Lacie's art will be exhibited later this year at the Health Science Center Libraries as part of WVU's Art in the Libraries. The exhibit will run from Oct 11, 2017-Feb 28, 2018. 

Equal parts creative and courageous, I hope you will listen or read Lacie's story, and come view her art. I feel privileged to have been able to work with this wonderful West Virginian. I hope you find inspiration in both her words and her art.


Thanks Black Bear Reading Series and 123 Pleasant St.

Last night I read as part of the Black Bear Reading Series at 123 Pleasant St. Thanks to Howard Parsons and crew for hosting a fun evening of literary entertainment. 

I read from a work in progress, Forgive Me If This Goes Astray, a work of creative nonfiction. And, I got to wear one of my favorite sparkly bird broaches. 

Thanks to Natalie for snapping photos, and to Thomas and Mila, who gave great readings. Mila is part of the crew who created Dr Doctor and has a novel available at Split Lip Press. Check them out.

The Black Bear reading series is taking a summer vacation, but will return as the new semester starts up. 


Grier School and Graduation

A BIG THANK YOU to Kara Lawler and the lovely young women at the Grier School for Girls, for an engaging afternoon of poetry and writing discussion in their newly redecorated coffee barn. I forgot to take pictures this go-round, but here is one from a past visit:

Coffee Barn at the Grier School.

It is also graduation weekend at WVU. I just wanted to say congrats to all my students and advisees walking in this weekend's ceremony. Good luck to you all!


Last Day of April

It feels outside more like June, warm, breezy, sunny--but then the threat of rain. Then sun again.  It's this last day of April, 2017.


Reading in Parkersburg

With great admiration and thanks to Randi Ward, for putting together a great reading and event at the Blennerhasset Hotel in Parkersburg and for the fun pictures (below).

After reading, I had a delicious cupcake. No one knows cake/cupcakes like Randi!

This even was for the Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods anthology of West Virginia writers put out by WVU Press. I have so much admiration for the writers I read with: Rahul, Elizabeth, Cheryl, Laura, Doug, and Ace. You all were wonderful in so many ways. 

And Randi, we can never thank you enough for this event and for being the amazing, talented and kind person you are. Much love

And, I have finally had the chance to stay at the Blenny, which I've always wanted to do!