it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. it was the 80s.

The frozen hair. The hair bands. (Stadium Rock not Goody. OK, those hair bands, too.) The Molly Ringwald movies. Sneaking into a bar underage by carrying a drum set. Ahhh, the 80s. How we miss them. Join me and five other brave souls willing to share pieces of their 80s past, when we knew better, but did stupid stuff anyway.


Special! 80s Reading

at 7 PM

Connecticut Literary Festival

so looking forward to this!

october 5, 2019 10 AM- 6 PM at Real Art Ways

The first annual Connecticut Literary Festival will be a full day for writers & readers, with panel discussions, all-day readings, and a marketplace. I’ll be there wearing two hats: representing PAGE, a Connecticut-based literary magazine where I am a contributing editor and providing information for the Connecticut Poetry Society.

see you there!

Six Connecticut Poets

The accomplishments of these six Connecticut poets are extra-ordinary. I’m thrilled to emcee. Open mic and all donations benefit TEEG. Don’t miss it!

From Here to Caketernity

Live Recording Release

One of my favorite stories to tell-my failed career as a cake baker- has been selected for the Mouth-Off podcast

NOTE: While I was onstage a woman in the front row at the Mark Twain House theater began sinking lower and lower in her seat, covering her face with her hands. After the show, she introduced herself as the owner of a bakery. “That story is my worst nightmare,” she said. Then she offered me a job as a cake decorator. For the safety of cake-eaters everywhere, I turned her down.

Story & Song

I’m so excited about this!

In March I contacted my friend Maria Sangiolo, a musician, folk singer, and song writer. I wanted to collaborate with her but my ideas were completely unstructured. This was unusual for me. Usually, I work alone and to say that I am a planner is a casual term for how I walk around this planet. To my surprise and delight, Maria agreed to work with me.

This Friday, June 7th is the result of her talent and my leap into the unknown. Hope to see you!

Spring Dance Collective

this is so cool

An all-girl improv troupe of high schoolers will dance in front of a live audience while I read a personal essay about lying to get into a ballet audition when I was sixteen years old. 

Don’t miss it!

Tickets are $10 and available HERE

Spring Workshop

To find out more or to register, click HERE!

My Word!

Prose and Poetry

February 16th 7:30 PM

Published Writers + Open Mic*

Jotham Burrello

Maria Sangiolo

Nick Beams

Michelle Cole

Joe Miragliuolo

Emcee: Christine Kalafus

Suggested Donation of $10 to Benefit TEEG

*Sign-up sheet first come, first served

Pushcart Nominee

i’m honored that my poem Horses is a pushcart prize nominee and featured in the fall 2018 TNG Volume VII.

My prose poem “Horses,” featured in the issue, was selected the 2017 winner of their Knightville Poetry contest and now available for purchase HERE. I am in very talented company: the Machigonne Fiction Contest winner is Maureen Connolly with Featured Authors, Grace Carpenter and Eamon Murphy. Judges were Mark Doty (poetry) and Chris Abani (fiction). The letters section theme is “Letters to Aliens.” Contributors include Claudia Manley, Jessica Lipnack, Lyndsie Manusos, Naomi Ulsted and more.

The cover artist is Abraham Danso.

congratulations all!

Connecticut’s Emerging Writers