poet • author • writer-in-residence
poet • author • writer-in-residence
Since 1998, I have been performing poetry professionally for schools, festivals, church and civic programs, and private parties. I memorize and perform original, contemporary and classical poetry using dramatic presentation, improv, and audience participation. Shows run for 45 minutes to an hour. From raps about basketball to the timeless verses of Shakespeare and children's poems, my poetry performances are appealing to audiences of all ages.
NEEDS: cordless, clip-on mic
(preferred) with amps + 10'-20' staging area
Workshops and Residencies
I teach workshops and residences for students in grades 3-12 and all ages of adults. I've taught as a community college instructor, a high school English teacher, and a staff development presenter for teachers, so I'm comfortable in all sorts of settings as I share what I've learned as a professional writer, author and editor. I enjoy working with students and teachers who have a variety of needs and concerns when it comes to writing. My goal is to empower writers, foster life-long literacy skills, and offer fun and exciting new ways to approach the writing process from brainstorming and rough drafts to editing and publishing.
• Kaboom Poetry (3-day residency) —Learn techniques for peforming poems by using gestures, audience participation and stylish presentation. (grades K-5)
• Wild Words and Free Verse (5-day residency) — In this residency, students will learn about creative approaches for brainstorming, writing and editing poems. Starting with word games, students will explore word-mixing as a way to create new ideas. Next, we'll study different kinds of poems and learn to recognize techniques like alliteration, rhyme, simile, metaphor and more. Then we'll learn to compose original poems using various techniques and styles. We'll also play with how these words can be presented on the page using stanzas, line breaks, concrete poems, and careful word choices. After testing out some rough drafts, we'll learn how to edit and revise poems. Lastly, I'll share information about poetry contests, publications, and how to publicize poetry. (grades 3-8)
• WonderWorlds: Writing Poems about our Planet (5-day residency) — Animals, plants and all living organisms have adapted to specific habitats. We call these places ecosystems or biomes. Studying biomes helps us understand the amazing biodiversity on the planet and the challenges these species face to survive. Learn fascinating facts about biomes and write poems that celebrate the complexities of life on earth. (language arts and science integration, grades 3-6)
• Show 'Em a Poem! (3-5 day residency) — Do you have a certain topic or theme you're studying in school? A unit on animals or space exploration or a series of lessons about a culture or a specific time period? There are all sorts of great ways to use poetry composition as an assessment tool when students begin a new topic, delve deeper into study, or complete a unit. Whether it's a catalogue poem that helps to capture key vocabulary, a pantoum that uses repetition to review an historical time period, or a persona poem that provides a unique perspective on a character or setting, there are different forms of poems that can enhance and energize science, social studies, history, math and English/language arts lessons. (grades 3-12)
• The Art of Advertising (3-day residency) — Learn about the history of advertising, propaganda, and persuasive techniques used to draw people to a message or product. Create your own advertisement or propaganda campaign and develop an original message or product you can market using strategies such as word magic, bandwagon, and card-stacking. (language arts and social studies integration, grades 6-8)
• PhotoPoetry Reading Images / Writing Poetry (3-day residency) — We live in an image-driven world. How do we find meaning in these images? How can images remind us of memories and lure us into dreams? Examine photographs from news stories past and present. Learn how you can write poems that become critical and personal reactions to the images we encounter. (language arts and social studies integration, grades 6-12).
• Conversations with Poetry (adult workshop) — Learn how to appreciate the craft and techniques of poetry by reading and analyzing contemporary poems by poets from around the world. Use critical thinking skills to speculate on the world within poems and the creative mind that kindles them.
COST: $200 — 90-minute adult workshop
$800 — 3-day residency
$1,100 — 5-day residency with 3 classes per day
$1,300 — 5-day residency with 4 classes per day
$1,500 — 5-day residency with 5 classes per day
** on-site pre-residency meeting required with participating teacher(s)
(maximum of 30 students per class)
For more information, email me at