About Me

Thanks for stopping by. Here's a bit about me.

 

My lifelong passion for musical theater, and knowledge

of Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL) led me to write the book and lyrics Hear Me (formerly

Brindlebeast), an original musical in voice and ASL,

with my collaborator, composer Sila Shaman.

In 2009, I established Fat Chance Production Group, LLC, 

and, as a producer, began to assemble the extraordinarily talented creative team and cast of Hear Me.

I've written and/or illustrated twenty-four books and short stories, including: The Whispering Cloth by

Pegi Deitz Shea, winner of  International Reading Association (IRA) Notable Book for a Global Society and IRA Teacher's Choice Award; Secret Signs Along the Underground Railroad, an honors recipient in the picture book category given by Society of School Librarians International; and Parents' Choice Honor Book, Beware the Brindlebeast, which, although Hear Me is not a musical for children, the picture book is featured in the musical. 

As a writer and illustrator, I've made presentations and given  workshops at the International Reading Association, American Library Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and at many other conferences and schools.

"The only safe thing is to take a chance."

                                           - Elaine May

My manuscripts, book dummies, sketches, illustrations, and other artsy paraphernalia are on deposit in the Northeast Collection of Children's Literature at the Dodd Center, University of Connecticut, and available to the public.

 

I taught illustration in the illustration department of

the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT for five years. I taught writing for young people for eight years in the Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program, Cambridge, MA, where all incoming MFA candidates of every genre were required to take my writing seminar, Finding True North.

 

I continue to lead this seminar for group of writers, 

teachers, and therapists.

 

I also make a mean calamari salad.