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Gertrude Stein has been this poet's life-long passion. How so? I wrote the words to the jazz opera Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On based on my poems about her life, work, friends.

Background Information

I have a degree in French literature and language from the University of Maryland College Park. Before I found Stein, I loved Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, and Jacque Prevert. My current passion is Jane and Paul Bowles. I spent three weeks working on my writing with Paul Bowles in Tangier, Morocco in the early 1980s. PB helped with some of my Gertrude Stein poems which much later became part of my opera.

Birth Place
Cheverly, MD 

2005 successful New York City premiere of my opera Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On in collaboration with composer William Banfield and Encompass New Opera Theatre director Nancy Rhodes with a review in the New York Times.

2002 winner of the Towson University Prize for Literature (Looking For Divine Transportation -- poetry)

1989-92 Fellowships, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
1981 First Prize, Billee Murray Denny Award, Lincoln College, IL

Additional Information

The Steiny Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas, now available from Unlimited Publishing in limited advance release. This is my story about how a poet writes an opera, opera in America and the collaboration between Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson.

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