I love to write. I’m a poet with a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. I also write essays and fiction, and I was the recipient of a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship for fiction and a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. When I was a graduate student, I published a daily comic strip in the school newspaper called Getting to Know the Tulip, and, as a member of the country duo The Drop Shadows (with my husband, Steve Mauer), I write songs—and sing, and play guitar and trumpet. My life is about writing and creating, and I’m so grateful for all the artist opportunities I find in everyday life.