Using surrealism and hyperbole, I aim to explore both heightened and quiet emotion using images and words. I am interested in fairy tale logic and self-made mythologies----the stories people tell to make sense of their lives. I think all my art gets after this in some way. I'm interested in human-scale thoughts, experiences, and feelings expressed in epic proportions. My writing exaggerates; it tells tall tales. This is because I perceive the page as an exciting, uncharted space where anything can happen----where normal hierarchies and rules can be upended, where small events can matter profoundly. This is what keeps me coming back. 

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Poetry has saved, changed, and enriched my life. It offers something vital and priceless. I hope that by teaching, by writing, by reading voraciously, by giving back to the community of those who love literature locally and beyond, and by doing what I can to nourish the arts, I can help others encounter the kind of poems that sends shivers down their spines and sparks through their brains.