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 for 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 Brindlebeast.

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 is at the core of Brindlebeast. 

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 in the illustration department of the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT, for five years, and for 

eight years in the Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program, Cambridge, MA. All incoming MFA candidates of every genre were required take my writing seminar,Finding True North.

 

I continue to lead this seminar for group of writers, 

teachers, and therapists. 

 

I mentor writers.

 

talk about writing and illustrating to kids in schools.

I also make a mean calamari salad.