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Way back in January of 2005, I had the life-changing experience of attending the Winter Writer’s Getaway, then in Cape May, NJ, for the first time. While I was there, I wrote poems from fabulously inspiring prompts by Peter Murphy, studied with one of my absolute favorite poets, Stephen Dunn, and made many new friends including the wonderful man who is now my husband and partner in all things poetry, Daniel Simpson. That was thirteen years ago, when Murphy Writing of Stockton University was a mere twelve years old. It is now celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary(!) with the annual Getaway, now in Galloway, NJ, and the publication of a new book. More Challenges for the Delusional features Peter’s prompts, together with an anthology of prose and poetry by  Kim Addonizio, Dorianne Laux, Tony Hoagland, and Stephen Dunn, and many others. Dan and I had the honor of editing the book together, and thanks to Diode Editions, it is now available.  I can’t say I’m objective, but I do love this book and I recommend it to anyone who loves to write.
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My husband, Daniel Simpson and I had the honor of being interviewed by the amazing Beth Kephart  for Juncture Notes, her lovely monthly reflection on writing and reading memoir (and memoiristic poetry.)
I had a great conversation with Joan Buckley on her WHPC radio show, Your Family’s Health.
My Essay, Love, Eventually was translated into Serbian!
My essay, It’s Time, which appeared in The Rumpus, has been named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, 2016!
My memoir, On the Whole: a Story of Mothering and Disability, is now available on Audible!
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Read an interview with Shebooks where I share my thoughts on writing, chick lit, childhood and the challenges of parenting with cerebral palsy.
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Through the Years

 My poem, Exodus, placed second for Lilith Magazine’s 2009 Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition.

My essay, On the Whole, placed second for Bellingham Review’s 2008 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and was reprinted in The Utne Reader as The Body Divided in their 25th Anniversary Issue.

 her markMy poem, In a Campus Library, was included in the 2010 Her Mark Calendar, a date book featuring women’s poetry and art from Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.