“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” – Henry Luce 


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Selected Journalism Awards

Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter: Second place in Feature Writing, for a story examining the early days of the gay marriage debate (2004)

Sunshine State Awards: First place for stories examining the financial health of arts groups in Polk County, Florida

NOMINEE, 2005 PULITZER PRIZE IN JOURNALISM. Part of newsroom nomination for coverage of 2004 Florida hurricane season. 

Advice on craft

"BRINging your memoir to life."Lovely County Citizen, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, April 2013.

"Using Sensory Details." Lovely County Citizen, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, April 2013.

Creative Writing

Querencia. Amoskeag  Literary Journal, 2011. Winner of the 2011 SNHU-MFA Prose Prize, an annual award presented to the author of an outstanding piece of prose; this year was judged by bestselling author Craig Childs.

Adorable Portland BecKons. The Miami Herald.

In the CiTY Winner, seventh annual Flash Fiction competition, Stream Literary Journal.

A HEART IN LONDON. Winner of the Regent's College International Writing Competition, 1998. Regent's College, London.


Storytelling in all forms is close to my heart. Before I turned my attention to fiction, I was a journalist, and I continue to write freelance magazine articles and travel stories today.

Here's a sampling of some of my favorite journalism features and a little more about my journalism and writing publications.

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