Mostly my writing brain thinks long, as in novel length. I write poetry when there is something I need to say that can’t be expressed any other way. I write memoir when I feel the need to explore and/or revisit the past.
I was born in a displaced persons camp in post WW II Germany of Latvian parents. My family immigrated to the USA when I was three years old. My third novel, Crossing Paths, comes from my dream of telling the story of Latvia and its people. I’ve been to Latvia six times to experience the country and research my book.
I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College (2006). I’ve won numerous awards at writing conferences, been published in four anthologies, have taught literature and writing as an adjunct professor, have written feature articles for newspapers and have been on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference since 2003. I’m currently editing any one of my three completed novels and finishing my fourth and fifth.