Accomplishments

Poetry published in Dust & Fire, The Talking Stick, Volumes 14-25, From Ottertail & Thereabouts, The Moccasin, Encore – NFSPS Prize Poems, Lake Country Journal, Differing Visions, Twenty Poets Celebrate the Lake Country, The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Minnesota Moments, Her Voice, Talkin’ Blues; Poetry On, and Off the Wall and The Pilot-Independent.

Prose published in Lake Country Journal, Dust & Fire, The Talking Stick,
Her Voice magazine, The Brainerd Dispatch, The Lomplighter and Park Rapids Enterprise.

Attendance at the Festival of Faith & Writing in ’02, ’04, ’06 & ’08; at the
Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival in ’04 & ’08, Iowa Summer Writers’ Workshop, NFSPS Annual Poetry Convention, classes at The Loft Literary Center and Split Rock Summer Arts Programs.

First place poetry prize in 2005 Talking Stick, Volume 14 Contest.
Honorable mention contest poem in The Talking Stick, Volume 18.
Editor’s Choice poem for The Talking Stick, Volume 19.

League of Minnesota Poets President for three terms from 2004-2010.

First collection of poetry, Tumbled Dry, published in 2011 by Lost Hills Books, Duluth. In May 2012 Tumbled Dry received the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry.

Poem, Nature’s Goodness, was chosen for a Popular Choice Award at Northwoods Art & Book Festival. In spring 2013, published in a hard-bound book, Gratitude Prayers: Prayers, Poems & Prose for Everyday Thankfulness. 7500 copies were printed with world-wide distribution through Andrews McMeel Publishing.

The Talking Stick, vol. 23, 2014 Second Place in the Creative Non-Fiction Award. Mary Carroll Moore was the judge.

Appointed 2015-2016 National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. (NFSPS) Judges Chair position.

Published in Toasts: The Perfect Words to Celebrate Every Occasion, in 2014.

The Talking Stick, vol. 24, 2015 Honorable Mention in the Creative Non-Fiction Award. Marge Barrett was the judge.

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