I’m a poet, teaching artist, and passionate collaborator working in Massachusetts and Michigan. I’m the founder of Poetry Forge, a community-based incubator for writers and their work where the generation of new poems is matched with ongoing, rigorous conversations about creative practice and craft. I teach for Interlochen College of Creative Arts and other arts organizations, and offer writing instruction, mentorship, and apprenticeship experiences to private students and small groups.

I’m passionate about helping others to engage with their art and thrive amidst the many social, technological, and existential pressures of our time.

I’ve received numerous awards, residencies and fellowships, as well as two Pushcart nominations for my writing. I’ve published widely as an independent journalist, book reviewer, essayist, and poet in places like The New York Times, The Nation, The Ecologist, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Talking River, Alternet, Z Magazine, Corpwatch.org, and Foreword Magazine. I’ve published two chapbooks, The Grass Impossibly (Michigan Writers Cooperative Press, 2008), selected by Fleda Brown for that year’s poetry prize, and Pilgrim (Alice Greene & Co., 2014). I contributed to the book We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso, 2003), The Michigan Poet: 2005-2010, and other anthologies. I studied creative writing at Trinity College, Ireland (M.Phil), University of Michigan (BA), and at Interlochen Arts Academy.

I also collaborate regularly with other artists. This 90 second video is a glimpse of an ongoing installation called Urban Renga, where we project poetry in public places. It was shot in Brooklyn in August 2015.


You can hear me talk about finding meaning and purpose through vocation in this podcast from FULFILLAMENT, a live storytelling event in Traverse City, MI.



  • “ Thank you so very much for the 21 Day Poetry Challenge. I opened many memories, explored a deeper consciousness, and am constantly in awe of reading poetry. Put me on your list for December’s class.  And I am talking this class up to my other poet friends. It would be fun to share your class with others.  Thank you again for your gifts.” S.G. , Retired Health care Provider


  • “Every time I’m around you I learn something important to/for me. Often it’s new, sometimes not. You always remind me to honor the writing life and my place in it.” —S.O., Professor of Social Sciences


  • “I cannot tell you how long I have ached to write. To really write. I have started and stumbled a thousand times. I feel over the last 7 or so months that I have grown as an artist and as a writer under your loving, kind, generous, patient, knowledgable, imaginative, and grounded guidance. Our work together means everything to me.” N.L., Health Care Provider