Memoir as Healing

One concept that I’ve been considering more lately is the healing power of writing– specifically the healing power of memoir– although all expressive types of writing apply. I held a workshop recently where I shared a bit about my own cancer story and how it led me to focus on the importance of healing throughContinue reading “Memoir as Healing”

Serenity’s Trifecta

coffee mug steaming beside my notebook and pen perfect trifecta while natures hums serenely sunglow dances between clouds The Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt this week is from Suzette, who asks us to do the following: Write: A) a haiku, OR: B) a tanka on the theme of “a favorite way to relax / unwind” The perfect moment of relaxationContinue reading “Serenity’s Trifecta”

Simple Days

lemonade summer sherbet sunshine overhead bare feet on cut grass The past week was chaotic as we wrapped up the semester. Between the emails, grading, meetings, late student work, extra emails from panicked students about their excessive late work, and everything else, I didn’t really have a chance to sit and just enjoy a momentContinue reading “Simple Days”


friendship: holding hands family we’ve built sharing our toughest stories together long-lost: miles apart friends we’ve forgotten cherish time we’re allotted distance This week’s Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt is from Sadje, who asks us to write an elfchen poem, with the added challenge of writing a second elfchen poem that opposes the first. The structureContinue reading “Companions”


Spotting pale petals, you remember, trading picturesque mountains for Midwestern fields, the willpower of finding home away from home while healing strangers. But I would call you my brother, standing among a handful of faces that comforted me when the world was ending. How a rose must look from hospital rooms, frail petals and questioningContinue reading “Gratitude”

Lilium lancifolium

vibrant and speckled trench lily in the wild burst forth with sweet scent seek attention and flourish confident and merciful This week’s Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt is from Brandon, who asks us to do the following: The tiger lily is my favorite flower, and the tanka is my favorite form, so here we have it!Continue reading “Lilium lancifolium”

April’s Reading List

This month, I managed only one novel-length book due to the intensity of my teaching schedule and other commitments. As much as I would love to spend days lounging and reading, it’s just not in the cards at this time in my life– though, maybe I can sneak in a bit more of that inContinue reading “April’s Reading List”

Memory Book

kept quiet, curiously, captured keepsakes penned in calendars, caught treasures hum calming melody, cautiously curating memories, amid muffled composition: our concordant calming chorus The Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt this week is from David himself over at the Skeptic’s Kaddish. He asks poets to do the following: It’s one of those weeks where I’m still playingContinue reading “Memory Book”

In Between & Beyond

Frantic moments captured on screen, April reads memories to me. Looking back, shadow-covered sheen: that year breeds vortices I see. The truth lies beyond the shadows, graying echoes lead home to show: branches bow the way the wind blows, bend underneath life’s tome, and grow. This week’s Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt at the Skeptic’s KaddishContinue reading “In Between & Beyond”


Well, that escalated quickly. I intended to write more innocently about the river flooding happening near our home, but this definitely turned into something more. I composed this Symetrelle poem for the We’ave Written Weekly prompt at the Skeptic’s Kaddish. This week’s prompt is from Jane, who asks us to do the following: I believeContinue reading “Floodwaters”