About Me


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Scribbled nonsense as a child did not deter my sense of self as a writer. It has always been easier for me to express language through writing. After a 26 year stint as a high school English teacher, I finally joined the ranks of fellow poets and writers in earnest.

A Hollow Bone, my debut novel by Water’s Edge Press, was published June 30, 2017. So far the reviews have been positive. You can order it from the publisher or online.

My poetry has  appeared in Stoneboat Literary Journal, The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Calendar, Making It Speak – Poets and Artists in Cahoots, and Intersections: Art and Poetry. I was awarded the 2017 Hal Prize for Poetry for my poem, “The Obligation,” published in Peninsula Pulse.

An article I wrote with fellow poet Marilyn Zelke Windau about the Cooler by the Lake exhibit appeared in Verse Wisconsin. I was a featured writer at the 2012 Great Lakes Writers Festival at Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI.

In development is a collection of poems by The Grand Avenue Poetry Collective (to which I belong) and my newest novel, On Summit Road.

In the nonfiction realm, I wrote two test prep books for AP English students: AP English Literature and Composition Crash Course and AP English Language and Composition Crash Course, both published by REA. Articles about teaching appeared in The English Journal.

Years of writing about teaching and learning has appeared on my blog The Polliwog Journal and my teacher website Ms Hogue’s Online English Resources.

I am a member of The Council for Wisconsin Writers and The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.