Professional Background and Personal Bio

I was born in Hampton, not far from Hampton Court Palace.  My parents were in the London theater. When I was twelve we moved to Massachusetts. I performed various Shakespearean roles in The Elizabethan Companie, a company run by my parents, and earned my BA from Emerson College and MFA from George Mason University. After a stint in New York where I evaluated scripts for NBC and edited art listings for Goings On at The New Yorker, I lived with my US Foreign Service husband in Caracas, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Brussels and Rome. I taught at colleges in Boston, Buenos Aires, Rome and Northern Virginia. My stories and articles have appeared in Ploughshares, Rattapallax, Main Street Rag, Christian Science Monitor, LitHub, Washington Independent Review of Books and other publications in the US, UK and Australia.  I am also the voice of the international podcast Read Me a Poem. I currently work with poet and human rights activist Carolyn Forche, organizing her library and extensive archives. I live in Falls Church Virginia with my youngest son, his girlfriend and two greyhounds.