Editing requires a thorough knowledge of form and an ability to understand what the piece is trying to become. All of this rests on an impeccable ear for language and an understanding of its mechanics. I consider working with a text as working with a malleable, breathing object. My specialty is working with an author to accomplish his or her vision.
My two greatest loves are poetry and policing. I came to poetry after being published in fiction. I came to policing after fourteen years in a corporate career. Becoming a street cop is the best decision I’ve ever made. You see it all as a patrolman, and then you go home and make sure it doesn’t eat you up. The intuitive decisions cops make and the conciseness of language required are a good substrate for a poet’s emergence.
My writing career began in short fiction. It was the love of the short story form that pulled me into my first writing classes. Through the years, I’ve been published in journals and anthologies in both fiction and the personal essay. Memoir is a personal favorite of mine.
There is no joy like the joy of helping others become accomplished at something you love. My love of all kinds of writing and the joy in the creative journey have served as the inspirations for my teaching in a wide variety of venues, e.g. primary and secondary schools, universities, one-on-one, and in the community. I have taught creative writing at the University of Houston for over six years, and I also teach workshops and master classes throughout the country.
It is a true delight to interact with people of all ages, beliefs, and aspirations. My childhood was one of belief in everyone's ability to achieve what he or she wished. It's my privilege to pass along that attitude.