Since that time, the poems and my audiences have increased. I am now the author of six poetry books for kids and one for adults. I also share my love of poetry with teachers, parents and students at around 100 schools and teacher meetings per year.
I write about two things, mostly -- what I know and what I wonder about. Reading and writing poetry helps me understand my life, the world, and the people I care about. Whether I am writing funny or serious poems, writing poetry helps me see what's true.
I am a performance poet, I don't think a poem really comes to life until it is read aloud.
I have had many jobs in my life. I am a graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio where I received a degree in English. I have done some part-time teaching, but mostly I have made my living writing. Before I became a full time poet, I worked in the area of public relations in the fields of law, drug prevention and public housing.
I call my poems Kid Poems for the not-so-bad because I write for kids who are like I am -- maybe a little ornery, but really not-so-bad.
Sharing my passion for poetry with audiences and student writers is the best job I've ever had.