"Every poem is a journey; every journey is a poem"

I am  an award-winning poet and film producer. I taught creative writing and poetry in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Many of my poetic themes are a result of working with Southeast Asian refugees  after the Vietnam War years. My  published  works include:  a  full length poetry collection (Somewhere in the Telling, Mellen Press) and two poetry  chapbooks (Simple Gestures, Texas Review Press and Women at the Onsen, Blue Light Press), as well as two ESL reading texts (The New Arrival, Books 1 & 2, Prentice Hall Publishers). My poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Poetry. My chapbook, Simple Gestures, won the Texas Review Poetry Chapbook  Contest.  I was editor in chief of Blue Muse Magazine and a guest editor of Hunger Mountain Magazine. I am the Vice President of Wheat Street Productions-Documentary Film. I am the executive  producer of an Emmy winning short narrative film, Posthumous, and I produced the short documentary film, Do Tell, about the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Law.  Currently, I am a researcher for the documentary, Strangers to Peace, about the peace process and reintegration of guerrilla soldiers in Colombia.  Recently retired, I  live in an endless summer state of mind.
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