I meant to be a writer and the fiddle swept me away, though I’ve kept a pen as as well as a bow in my hand. My original songs are in collections that include two Smithsonian anthologies, I’m revising a novel, compiling a poetry collection, and writing a music memoir. The first two essays below are from the memoir.
No one writes in a vacuum. Jane Yolen has encouraged me personally as well as through her “Take Joy” writing manual. We’ve collaborated on a recording featuring her poetry (The Infinite Dark – 2018) and she included my poems in her anthology about Western Massachusetts, “Compass Roads – Poems about the Pioneer Valley,” Levellers Press (2018)
The Franco-American Women’s Institute, edited by writer Rhea Coté Robbins, has published my poetry and essays in Moé pi toé, with several pieces also included in her 2016 anthology Heliotrope: French Heritage Women Create.
Teaching the Baby to Swear – 2014
Poem for my loud upstairs neighbor – 2010
The Ballad of Francine Hughes – 1986