About

Hello, friends. Thank you for visiting my website. I live and write in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. I started writing classes at North Island College back in 2001.  I was very encouraged by poet/instructor, Derek Hanebury. I also attended the Victoria School of Writing for three summer sessions with instructors sherri-d wilson, Susan Musgrave and Susan Stenson.

Since then I have studied yearly with Patrick Lane in his Glenairely and Honeymoon Bay Retreats on southern Vancouver Island and have been priviledged to attend workshops with Ellen Bass, Marie Howe, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar.

My writing is influenced by both the emerald landscape of Vancouver Island and that of my childhood home in the beautiful Pemberton Valley.  The rich soil of that Valley seems to cling to me no matter the number of years I am away.  Voices of family and ancestors make their way onto my pages.  I am compelled to record, to save their whispered stories.

For me, as the great American poet, Robert Frost, said:  "A poem begins as a lump in the throat...a homesickness."