My DNA was formed in New Mexico.
Originally from Albuquerque (where we put green chile on everything and are gifted each day with technicolor sunsets), I hold an Academy of American Poets Prize, a few Nebraska book awards, and an MFA in Poetry.
My creative origins are in slam poetry.
It was the informal education I gained while attending poetry readings at coffeehouses, bars, and libraries in Albuquerque that fueled my desire to be part of a larger writing community. Having found my way to poetry through spoken word, I have always considered collaboration and community to be an integral part of my creative identity.
My inspiration resides in a house in the Ponca Hills.
I live in the Ponca Hills north of Omaha with my husband, poet Matt Mason, and my two feisty daughters. .