I was born in Hampton, Middlesex and moved to Massachusetts in my teens. I earned my BA from Emerson College and MFA from George Mason University. 


In New York I evaluated scripts for NBC and edited art listings for Goings On at The New Yorker and then I moved with my US Foreign Service husband to Caracas, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Brussels and Rome. I have taught at Emerson College, Lenguas Vivas in Buenos Aires, The American University of Rome and Northern Virginia Community College as well as in a program for juvenile offenders called Changing Lives Through Literature, run by Fairfax County Public Library. 

I am working with poet and human rights activist Carolyn Forche, to organize her library and extensive archive.  I run monthly book discussions (via Zoom until September when we hope to resume meeting in person) for Fairfax County Public Library.

I've also written articles, stories, a novel and a column which you can read about on the next page.

The photo with my son Elliot was taken on Tolstoy's estate Yasnaya Polyana.