Greetings, Gentle Readers! 

This is your host Maria, signing in to keep you abreast of my updates from the following year...after a loooong hiatus. 

2010-2011 has been a productive year for me. I am proud to inform everyone that my first full-length collection of poems entitled A Hymn That Meanders was published by Wising Up Press. The book is available from Wising Up Press, (the preferred method of purchase), Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. I also encourage you to check out the other quality books published by Wising Up Press also, in addition to familiarizing yourself with the overall mission of the press itself. You would not be wasting your time. You can also read some of my book blurbs as written by Thomas Lux and Thomas Sayers Ellis. 

The next up-and-coming event: this March 16-18, 2012, I will be the featured Poet-In-Residence at the first annual Provincetown Women Writers Retreat. If you are interested, please do check out the website, or feel free to contact me for details. Attendees will be able to relax, write, network, and of course, feel free to engage in one-on-one conferences with me. 


Next, I have also been blogging for Boxcar Poetry Review. The journal has been featuring blogs written by first book poets. We guest bloggers have been tackling issues such as promotion, writing about family members, and how to obtain the right book blurbs. So, check those blogs out, especially if you are expecting your first book! My essays are entitled, "Silence In The Rough: When Your First Book Breaks Through To The Truth," and "First Book Dilemma: How To Write About Those You Love And Those You Don't Love Anymore."

I also have work forthcoming in Stymiemag, The Raleigh Review, and The New York Quarterly. I will keep everyone posted as to when these issues are released. I hope the almost-new year is finding everyone happy and healthy. Drop me a note, either via email or on Facebook and let me know how you are doing.