About - From Disney World To Being An Author

I was born in Philadelphia and raised in the suburbs of Philly in a town called Yeadon.

 

Fun fact: Will Smith grew up 15 minutes from me in one direction and Tina Fey grew up 15 minutes from me in another.

 

After graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University, I joined several theater touring companies, including, Poetry Alive! where I first experienced the power of poetry.  

 

For eight years afterward when I wasn't developing my poetic skills, I acting at Walt Disney World performing in various shows, including, the role of Judge at The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

I'm the co-author (with Irene Latham) of various books including: CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship, DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD: Poems, Quote and Anecdotes from A to Z and the upcoming AFRICAN TOWN (January 4, 2022), and BE A BRIDGE (Fall '2022). 

My poems have appeared in many anthologies including:

 

- Amazing Places edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

- The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis.

- The Proper Way To Meet A Hedgehog edited by Paul B. Janeczko.

The Poetry Friday Anthology Series edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.

- One Minute Till Bedtime edited by Kenn Nesbitt.  

Since 2007 I have been a proud member of the Society of Children's Books

Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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