Many thanks to Ms. Amal El-Mohtar and everyone else at for the congratulations on my nomination for the Dwarf Stars Award.  By the way the new issue of is up. Y’all should check it out.



I just received word today that my poem “Godmother” which was originally published in Goblin Fruit, Spring ’08 has been nominated for the 2009 Dwarf Stars Poetry Award (this is their fourth year)  given out by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to the best poems under 10 lines published in 2008. It will also be printed in their anthology of nominees.  I am very exited!

The Northshore Literary Society’s second meeting

Deb Burst and Pam Ewen hosted another lovely event. This time we met at a beautiful retreat called The Rivers. This is a 13 acre bed and breakfast which plays host to a range of activities from business gatherings to artist workshops, was the  perfect spot — set right on the Tchefuncte River and hidden away from the outside world by the trees. In a climate of  hot and/or wet we were blessed with a truly nice spring day.

The poetry reading was a great success. I was nervous and forgot to talk a minute about origins of fairy tales and their darker original versions. In the end it didn’t seem to matter. I read two poems. “A Fairy Tale”, originally published in Mosaic, the Nicholls State Literary Journal and “Godmother”, originally published at   Gene Lipps, a local songwriter, played some soft music on his guitar as I read. It all went by very quickly. After Erica Spindler talked about her work people mingled. Listening to Erica talk is always fun, she has such great stories. She even told just a hint about her next book!

I was surprised by how many people came up to me and said how much they liked my work. It was great. I have never read to a group of strangers before. Anytime I’ve shared my work with a group it has been among close friends or at workshops. This was quiet a thrill and I’m very glad to have been invited.