I grew up in Virginia, went to college in Vermont, and have compensated in the years since by living in big cities: first New York and now Chicago. Most of my career has revolved around nonprofit communications and marketing. As for my writing, my poems have appeared in the Ohio Review (now defunct, sadly) and the New England Review among other, smaller journals. In 2006 I was a finalist for the Poetry Center of Chicago's annual juried reading awards, judged by former poet laureate Billy Collins. A Writing Year is my attempt to find a better way to balance life, work and writing.