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I am a storyteller, author, editor, blogger, and retired university professor of Creative Writing. Now in Central Florida, I still teach every now and then, but write most of the time. My latest children's book, Grandma Found a Gecko is still in print. Most recently, I coauthored a number of anthologies, especially in the Thrill of the Hunt series and The Gathering. My last poetry book, 10 Stories Down (2011), inspired by several long-term stays in Beijing, remains a popular read. Also, my poetry is featured in Mo Joe:The Anthology.

 Earlier works include, Life and Other Things I Know: Poems, Essays and Short Stories (1999). Throughout the years, the list expand to African American Children's Stories: A Treasury of Tradition and Pride (2002), Grandma Loves You: My First Treasury (2003), African American Stories: My First Treasury (2003), Like A Dry Land: A Soul's Journey through the Middle East (2005) and contributions to Take Two, They're Small, an anthology of poems, memoir, essay and fiction on food.

My poetry, fiction and essays have also appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Washington Living, Upstate New Yorker, The Southern Quarterly, Reporter Magazine, Drylongso, Fyah, MentalSatin, Pinnacle Hill Review, Invisible Universe, Bridges, Ishmael Reed's Konch Magazine, New Verse News, and  UpandComing Magazine.

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