Sum of the parts ...
I tell stories -- sometimes in words, sometimes in paint, sometimes in both.
For 20 years, I wrote for newspapers, mostly The Providence Journal, where I covered a variety of beats, including spirituality, a beat I proposed be created in response to obvious trends. My specialty was the multi-part series. I have been honored nationally and regionally for my journalism -- by the National Conference; Sunday Magazine Editors Association; American Association of Sunday and Features Editors; and the New England Associated Press News Executives Association, among others.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in English from Connecticut College. Chapters of my novel, Lost and Found in Miracletown, have been workshopped in two Wesleyan graduate courses led by novelist Rachel Basch, who read two drafts as I readied the book for publication. I've also participated in the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference and the Yale Writers’ Conference, and for several years, I led a weekly fiction-writing workshop in Middletown, CT.
Alongside my writing life, I've pursued my deep interest in the visual arts., working on my own and also taking drawing and painting courses at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the Hartford Art School, among other institutions.
Presently, I teach writing and public speaking, and, with an art historian, an occasional linked writing/art history course at the University of Hartford's Hillyer College, which a few years ago recognized me, jointly with a colleague, with the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award for Part-time Faculty.