My other website,, got a mention on the Stanford University website! Kevin Arnold, a California poet whose work has been featured on YDP several times, wrote a poem I featured on YDP during last month's annual "Scintillating Springtime Parade of Poems." It was inspired by a class he took at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve last fall. Read the article here:


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Hello — and thanks for stopping by! I’m an author and speaker based in Greenville, South Carolina. I invite you to wander around and learn more about me and my books; take advantage of the resources on my student page or links page; think about whether I might be a good fit for your next event; or just have fun looking at my pictures! If you’d like to stay in touch, you can sign up for my newsletter.

My books: Available at brick-and-mortar and online bookstores everywhere, all of my books are fun and family-friendly. The most recent is The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games, from Imagine/Charlesbridge Publishing. Offering nearly 200 pages of instructions and fun facts about the world’s most beloved games, it's a terrific resource for families, churches, senior centers, schools . . . even companies looking to do a little team building. I’m also the author of A New Mother’s Prayers, A Mother of Sons, Dancing with My Daughter, and She of the Rib — four collections of "reality" poetry that explore everything from the terror of teaching your 15-year-old to drive to the undeniable healing properties of chocolate. My poems are also featured in a number of anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader’s Choice 20th Anniversary Edition, A Daughter is Life's Greatest Gift, The Harsh and the Heart, From the Porch Swing, and Echoes Across the Blue Ridge.

My websites: Come right here to to keep up with my latest news, see if I’m scheduled to be in your neck of the woods, look for helpful writing or reading resources, or to contact me about speaking at your next event. I'm also editor and host of, which offers an entertaining selection of classic and contemporary poems that I promise you’ll enjoy.


Thanks again for dropping by!



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