Three distinguished poets joined me to read from After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events at the University of Central Florida. Marjory Wentworth, the poet laureate of South Carolina, Susan Meyers, the 2007 South Carolina Book Prize winner, and Satyendra Srivastava, the popular Indian-born poet who is lecturer at Cambridge Univeristy, traveled to Orlando for the April 17 event. The reading was part of the inaugural book festival of UCF's Morgridge International Reading Center. The festival organizers had extended a further invitation to Dr. Srivastava for an individual reading of his poetry at the festival. Thanks to Marjory, Susan, and Satyendra for their lovely renderings of After Shocks poems and thanks to all who attended.
I am poetry series editor of Press 53, based in Winston-Salem, NC. I'm also editor of After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events. This anthology of poetry comprises 152 poems by 115 poets from 15 nations, all speaking the language of recovery. Chapters cover Grief, War, Exile, Bigotry, Divorce, Abuse, Illness, Injury, Addiction, and Loss of Innocence.
My poems have appeared in many journals in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and India, including Southern Poetry Review, Subtropics, Ambit, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, Kritya: A Journal for Our Time, Orbis, Salamander, Ars Medica, Pearl, Asheville Poetry Review, and others.
My essays, criticism, and other nonfiction have appeared in New Letters, North Carolina Literary Review, South Carolina Review, Chrysalis Reader, IEEE Spectrum, Leisure magazine and other publications.
I was the founding editor-in-chief of WebMD, the world’s most widely used health web site, and I live in Midtown Atlanta, where I work as a freelance medical editor. I have earned a B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. from Ohio University, and an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte.