Hello all. I am an author, poet, essayist, editor, and poet-philosopher of the pure land school of haiku. I am also a clinical research medical writer and copy editor as well as a Biblical research scholar, teacher, and minister. I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasis on the arts and humanities, from Purdue University. I also have degrees in Communications and Theology. My love of poetry and the writing arts started at age 8. My first collection of poetry was published in the 1980 Winter Issue of the Purdue Exponent Literary Edition and many of my poems, essays, and articles have been published ever since in journals such as the NY Literary Magazine, Miracle Magazine, Poetry Festival, and Better Than Starbucks; and in anthologies such as Between Life and Language, Ingram Publishing, 2009, The Black Rose of Winter, Lost Tower Publications, 2014, the Bukowski Erasure Anthology, Silver Birch Press, 2015, and Com-pen-di-um, CA Gallagher, 2016. I am author of 6 volumes of essays and poetry; my latest is A Tree Frog's Eyes: Haiku, Blurb San Francisco, 2020. I am the Founder of the Pure Land School of Haiku, and originator of the online We Write Poetry forums where I teach poetry and haiku and enjoy mentoring new poets and writers. I also did a series of in-person poetry workshops for the public library system in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from 2007-2010. I am very involved in a number of online poetry and haiku groups and communities on various social media. See my website for details.
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