(FICTION) "Misunderstanding" - Sick Lit Magazine - May 2017 This was my first jump into science fiction, and I love the atmosphere I was able to create with some creepy futuristic touches. “Seeming is Believing” – StoryChord, Issue 59 I was honored to have Kenneth Nichols analyze my story on his amazing website, Great Writers Steal, and compare my work to O'Henry. Click here for the link.
"Freeze Frame" - Atticus Review - December 2016 Rewatching reruns of Face Off and listening to one makeup artist discussing how the makeup can really hide an actor's emotions, I wondered what someone addicted to that feeling would be like.
"Insinuations" - Monkeybicycle - September 2016 A man in a windbreaker caught my attention on a bridge. He seemed trained on a young woman playing with her children, and if he hadn't walked away I was ready to warn her. Thankfully he left, and I turned the warning into a story.
“Night on the Susquehanna” - The ThreePenny Review, Issue 89, Spring 2002 I wrote this work after having my son and watching the reflections on the Susquehanna from my hospital window. For a moment I thought I saw a car driving along the water and realized just how dangerous our perception of the world can be.
"Forget It" - 1:1000 - February 2016 After cleaning out a few old boxes from the garage, including a number of newspaper clippings, I noticed there were words all over my palms. The idea of words transferring reminded me of memories and the idea of letting go.
“Absence” – Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3 This piece embarrassingly sprouted from a toilet that wouldn't stop running and how proud I was when I managed to fix it. That flash of pride parlayed itself into a full-fledged narrative proving that the smallest things can yield the greatest results.
"Truth or Dare" - Brilliant Flash Fiction, Issue 15, September 2017 I wrote this piece after a friend of mine bought a small cabin by the sea and sold it months later because he swore it was haunted. Since I'm not one for ghosts, I imagined the place haunted by lost love.
“Encounters in the Park” – Literary Orphans, Issue 8 An article about face blindness captivated me for weeks, and finally I had to explore how it might affect romantic relationships.
"Allegations" - Umbrella Factory Magazine, Issue 18, June 2014 An elderly woman was dragging a lawn chair to church one day next my workplace, and I wondered what she could possibly doing...and this story appeared in my head.
“Expectations” – The Bookends Review, February 2014 This is a piece of creative nonfiction derived from an unfortunate life experience.
“Finders Keepers” – Central PA Magazine (Honorable Mention – Writing Contest) A news story had been circulated about a kidnapped girl being reclaimed, and I wanted to explore what might drive a person to steal someone else's child.
“Making Amends” – Central PA Magazine (Honorable Mention – Writing Contest) As a teacher I often ask my students to interview people to find the 'truth' of the matter, and for this story I wondered what might happen if the truth was bigger than the assignment.
"Mixed Messages" - Gravel Magazine - May 2016 I often deal with the complexities of marital relationships in my work, and I thought it would be interesting to play with the ideas of losing a partner in different ways, juxtaposing how reactions and remedies would vary.
“Safety Measures” – Toasted Cheese Literary Journal (Pushcart Prize Nominee) I was taking a walk and heard a man and woman screaming at one another over a house for sale and wondered if a house could truly be the undoing of a couple.
"The Runner" - The Foundling Review, August 2014 This is actually based on a friend's story (used with permission of course) about a moment when she briefly didn't recognize her husband and was shocked at how intrigued she was by him.
"Train Ticket" - Spark & Quill, 2015 One day I watched an old couple emerge from a gas station with nothing but lottery tickets and hopeful looks in their eyes. Somehow, I didn't think the looks were for one another.
(POETRY) "Reflections" - The Same, October 2017 In the current political climate, I often look at my daughter and wonder if life will be easier or harder for her as a young woman in the decades to come.
"Glass Slipping Through Fingers" - The Ekphrastic Review, June 2017 I was watching a documentary on dancers in Paris, and the one who seemed most proficient at the moves couldn't take her eyes off of the exit or whatever was happening off-stage. I wondered what tethered her to the profession.
"À terre" - Literary Orphans - April 2016 I wrote this as part of my Dance Series (see Chaines featured in Mixtape Methodology) about a hesitant dancer.
"Chaines" - Mixtape Methodology, December 2015 I was watching a documentary on dancers in Paris, and the one who seemed most proficient at the moves couldn't take her eyes off of the exit or whatever was happening off-stage. I wondered what tethered her to the profession.
"Don't Speak" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 Both writers and parents need to be able to study the silence as much as we study the noise.
"Fallen" - Dying Dahlia Review - January 2017 A friend created a map of all of the places that broke her heart, and the poem begged to be written to go with it.
"Good Will" - Dying Dahlia Review - May 2016 I used this poem as an exploration of the things we let go, and in some ways the desperation we feel to get them back.
"Just a Girl" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 What started as an exploration of Gwen Stefani's songs really turned into an exploration of my children growing.
"She Always Wanted to Be In Pictures" - Pankhearst - 2016 A movie I was watching glitched and froze at a moment where the heroine looked ready to leap from the narrative, and this poem was born.
"Language Series" - Rat's Ass Review - March 2016 After watching the film Lost in Translation I started thinking about the ways we communicate with one another and more importantly the moments when it might be better to be silent and intuitive.
"Running" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 I think every parent struggles with the idea of a child's independence versus our helicopter tendencies.
"Spiderwebs" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 I wanted to translate this natural and beautiful phenomenon into something every day.
"Water Torture" - Rust + Moth - January 2016 I'm embarrassed to say I was watching a reality show where someone threw an instruction book at her husband and asked him to figure himself out. It made me wonder if we needed instructions to get in - or out - of a relationship.
(NONFICTION) "A Mother's Grade" - Mamalode - January 2016 After a particularly grueling grading session, I found myself jotting letter grades throughout the day and realized it was the makings of a brilliant narrative or mother's guilt.
"In Time" - Coffee & Crumbs - August 2017 My entire family has always been fascinated with the passage of time, and I wondered if all of us could take a breath and stop looking ahead or being, just for a moment.
"Crafting a Child" - Mothers Always Write, August 2015 Poetry normally isn't my medium of choice, but after a particularly grueling day as both mother and teacher, I tried to remain how on earth my mother mustered all the patience she did.
"In Defense of the Word Pretty" - Her View From Home - May 2016 Some days I feel deluged as a parent by the internet advice of what I really ought to be doing with my children. I have always called my daughter beautiful and felt the need to stand up for the word.
"Now, Shift" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 Both writers and parents need to be able to study the silence as much as we study the noise.
"Saving Our Pennies" - The Good Mother Project - March 2016 I find it hard to write about my children, particularly when I'm worried that things aren't going smoothly. But this piece was really inspired by The Good Mother Project's theme of a rainy day.
"When Parents Lie" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 In my opinion the hardest thing to do as a writer is open up your wounds to make a piece more authentic, but you've got to do it.
"Pressed" - Algebra of Owls - January 2018 "Alleged" - The Passed Note - February 2018 "No Fish in the Sea" & "Rest Stop" - Tule Review - Winter 2018