When I entered the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, I remember being entranced by an initial assignment: list my obsessions as a writer. Obsessions? It’s okay to talk about those?  My list spilled onto the page, and I keep adding to it. My writing obsessions include firefighters, nurses, cake, New York City history, poetry, libraries, families with LGBTQ+ parents, kids who just might grow up to be queer, and… candy.

I grew up in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, the middle kid between my older sister and younger brother. We lived not far from my grandmother (a nurse) and a multitude of aunts, uncles, and cousins (lots of birthday cakes and parties!). There were many things I loved about growing up in the Bronx: riding bikes with my friend Wilfredo, eating black and white cookies, playing street games like ace-king-queen and skully with kids from our apartment building, summer trips to Rockaway Beach, and visiting my father at Engine 90, the firehouse where he worked.

As a firefighter’s kid I enjoyed special privileges, like trying on the gear, climbing into the fire truck, and clanging the big silver bell. It was a special world that my sister and brother and I loved being a part of. My father once helped save a fellow firefighter who was falling through a porch roof at a fire—and a photo of that moment was splashed on the front page of the Daily News, and years later, on the cover of a book!

All the seeds of my writing life were planted in the Bronx, where I created stories and poems, wrote and illustrated my own cartoons, and read piles and piles of books from the Jerome Park Library on Eames Place, near my grandmother’s apartment. I still love libraries; I do some of my best writing there.

In my early 20’s, I landed in Massachusetts. After teaching preschool in Boston, then kindergarten and special education in the public schools of Cambridge, MA, I moved to Cape Cod, continuing to write, teach, and read. I am now a K-2 Literacy Coach in the Dennis-Yarmouth school district.

Whether you are a reader or a writer, a student or a teacher, my wish for you is that books and writing bring you joy… every day! Thanks for visiting my website.