I only remember two things about my early childhood in Germany – that the doors had handles instead of knobs (an image called to mind because my father was fond of the composer, Handel), and a tri-fold mirror that stood upon my mother’s dresser, where I would stand and gaze at the endless procession of myself in blue pajamas with feet. Spending most of my childhood in North Carolina, I was an active child, given to fits of jumping up and down excitedly, in between which I wrote stories.
I no longer have fits of jumping up and down (ok, not very often anyway), but I still have fits of writing. You can find links to a few of my published works below. Much of what I know about writing I learned at the Odyssey Writing Workshop, which I attended in 2006, and subsequent visits to “The Never-Ending Odyssey” (TNEO) workshop for alumni. I have served both as overall workshop moderator and as critique group moderator at TNEO.
Publications and Other News
Improvisation as a Generative Tool for New Operatic Material: An Exploration of Methods and Parameters (doctoral scholarly essay) published online via University of Illinois IDEALS. Available here.
Schubert and Goethe: A Transcendence of Competing Aesthetics (scholarly essay) published in the conference proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities and available in the conference proceedings here.
Old Singers, New Tricks: Can I Go Back to School at My Age? (nonfiction article) published in Classical Singer Magazine.
The Golden Larynx (short story; fantasy) published in the anthology Gears and Levers 3 by Sky Warrior Books.
A famous opera singer dies, but her voice lives on, with some creepy consequences.
In Which Marper Visits a Witch (short story; fantasy) published in NewMyths.com.
A self-centered petty thief visits a witch to cure his foot rot, but gets more than he bargained for. Read here!
When There Are No Wrong Notes: Freeing the Voice Through Improvisation (nonfiction article) published in Classical Singer Magazine.
Homo Homarus (short opera; absurd) performed at the Indy Convergence.
Good Kitty (short story; literary) published in Hawthorn Road.
The Singing Dog (play; absurd) performed at the Indy Convergence.