Where Roses Grow
Staff Favorite, NPR’s Three-Minute Fiction Contest, Round Five, November 2010
Wilma J. Pickering, determined amateur horticulturist, is locked in battle with a man determined to kill his own rose bushes.

Ephraim’s Mountains
Finalist, Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award, May 2007
Ephraim copes with life as everything he’s ever known, including his own mind, slips away from him.

Creative Non-Fiction

Russian Roulette at the Corner Grocery
Published, Pology.com, April 2008
The adventure of a self-serve veteran in a Soviet-style, full-serve grocery store.

Published, Skirt!, June 2002
Essay that explores and discovers the truth of what home is.


Read, New Art About War, Vet Art Project, Chicago, February 2009
Interpretive poem about Matt Ping’s (U.S. Army E-4, Operation Enduring Freedom, 2004-2008) homecoming.


Opening Doors
Y-Me of Illinois Fundraising Video, Telly Award Winner, 2004
The story of breast cancer through the voices of a diverse group of real women.

Opening Doors: Y-Me Fashion Show & Luncheon
Y-Me of Illinois Fundraising Fashion Show, 2004

Script for emcee and local news personality Mary Ann Childers. Theme: opening doors of opportunity and cancer-fighting success for women with breast cancer.


Mount Prospect Writing Group Member, 2006 – present


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