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I was born in Southern California in the sixties.  I currently live outside of LA and coach swimming full-time to boys and girls  between the ages of five to eighteen.   When I have free time I obviously enjoy writing children's poetry.   I also love a good game of chess, enjoy playing tennis, and watching great movies like "Lord of the Rings."

William Shakespeery and the Mrs.

When did I begin writing?  I started writing children's poems in 1997 when I was inspired by a Shel Silverstein poem--"Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out" (You have to hear Shel sing it to get the full impact of the poem--he's fantastic).  I am not a natural writer and it has taken me years just to get to this point.  I am completely self taught and I hope I always continue to improve.

How long does it take me to write a poem?  That all depends.   I hear some poets can sit down and write poems daily.  I don't think that has ever happened to me.  Even if I write a poem in one sitting and like what I wrote that night, when I take a look at it again the next day I'll be sure to hate it and immediately start re-writing.    I think re-writing is the most important and hardest part of writing poetry.  Some of my poems have hatched after sitting in notebooks for years.  Sometimes, if a poem sits long enough, it allows me to see  it with  fresh eyes. As you can see, I'm a bit slow at writing but I don't mind.  I want to make each of my poems the best that it can be.

Where do I get my  ideas from?  I get them from many places:  I've gotten ideas while driving to work, or should I say while sitting in traffic; watching TV;  or hearing something unusual from one of my swimmers.

Am I published?  I'm just getting started.
- Several poems will appear in "An Eyeball in my Garden--And Other Spine-Tingling Poems." An anthology by Marshall Cavendish, August 2010
- "Super Straw" in Highlights for Children, TBA
- "From the Pits of the Slush Pile" in SCBWI Bulletin, July/August 2009
- "Worms and Snails" in Highlights High Five, June 2009
- "Inside my Room" in Wee Ones, November/December 2008
- "Train Travel" in Wee Ones, March/April 2008
- "Writing a Poem" in the SCBWI Bulletin, March/April 2007

My ultimate goal is to publish a large collection of my poetry.  What you see on this site is just a small sample.


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