I have been writing as long as I can remember, and reading even longer than that! Books have always been a part of me. I love to play with words, see them on the page, hear them spoken, hear their melody in my mind.
I didn't become "serious" about my poetry until I was 30. I suffered with the usual insecurity of my work and did not bother to try to publish or do any readings before that time. I took some classes in a community college, and began to join the local poetry organizations. The communities took me under their wings, and I was mentored by two distinguished Arizona poets: Lee R. Ballard and Dale Andersen.
I was born February 6, 1965 in San Diego, California. I lived with my mother as my parents divorced when I was still a baby.
My childhood was one filled with a lot of daydreaming as I was mostly raised as an only child. My eldest brother was out of the house by the time I was 7 and my other two siblings lived with my father. I did not meet them until I was 30. I suppose all the thinking I did was one aspect that helped me in my poetry.
I came to Arizona when I was 18 to attend college. I met my husband in college the next year and got married in 1985. I'd like to say I was a responsible, staid young adult but err.. Well.. I wasn't! I didn't settle down really until 5 years into my marriage and a couple of children. I got serious about the idea of a career and finishing school about then. A couple more children later and I think I've done quite a lot. I've worked at several different professions, and have gained a lot of experience to supply into my writing. If you're counting how many children I have--it's four. All girls. Yes, I know--we've already been choosing the engraved shotguns. I've homeschooled my children, and I teach a group of elementary children science. I am currently learning about video production. The poetry society I am in is going to be producing a poetry talkshow of sorts. I am currently the current president of the Phoenix Poetry Society and the current treasurer of the Arizona State Poetry Society, and I've done various public readings.
Emily Dickinson, W.H. Auden, John Keats, e.e. cummings and T.S. Eliot are probably the most pivotal influences on my work. Of course, I have many, many poets in my list of favorites, but those are the most influential that come to mind.