Besides writing and teaching writing, my passion is for Border Collies and other herding dogs in the Tampa Bay Area, where I train my two Champion Trick Dogs, Mick and Maisie. Working with and fostering herding dogs led me to become an AKC CGC Evaluator and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor at the Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club. If you like, you can teach your dog some tricks with me online.
I’m the author of the memoir, FOR THE LOVE OF A DOG, (Harmony Books), and the novel, BODY SHARERS (Rutgers University Press). BODY SHARERS placed among the finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for Best First Novel. Recent honors include finalist for the 2017 Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, winner of the 2016 Briar Cliff Review Nonfiction Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Review Editor’s Award, and a Best American Essays 2015 Notable Essay.
I’m also the founder of The Gloria Sirens, a communal blog supporting women’s voices and some of the best blogging out there.
You can read some of my work online:
“The Evolution of the Canine Race.” Mount Island Magazine.
“The Poet and Pajama Man.” Superstition Review.
“Shark Week.” Tampa Review Online.
“How to Love a Buzzard.” Sugar Mule Literary Magazine: Women Writing Nature.
“Liking Mike.” Ascent Literary Journal. (This essay’s my personal favorite.)
“Born-Again Anthropologist” made Honorable Mention in the 2014 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Apparently, it’s “a very funny essay about the dating scene.”