more about me

I'm the director of Zee's Writing Studio, located in the heart of downtown Ithaca, where I've been leading Writing Circles for adults and teens since 1994. I also work as a literary consultant and writing coach.

I have been chosen by the Tompkins County Legislature to be the 2017 Tompkins County Poet Laureate. 

Publications: "here i am: small poems," published by Wildflower Poetry Press; "moonglow: small poems."

I'm a former bookstore owner (Smedley’s Book Shop) and the editor of nearly two dozen short story anthologies, as well as numerous haiku journals and collections. I worked as an acquisitions editor for the Crossing Press and edited their WomanSleuth Mystery Series.

A few years ago I retired from the Durland Alternatives Library at Cornell University, a project of The Center for Transformative Action. For more than a decade I worked as the outreach librarian and offered writing workshops for all ages, organized public readings, curated the "Poetry on the Bus Project," (a collection of 150 haiku by local writers, which were printed as posters and hung on T-CAT buses), and ran the Women’s Community Library in downtown Ithaca. 

For many years, as the publisher of 2Turtles Press, I produced pamphlets and postcards that revealed collective consciousness; now I publish these "literary mosaics" on  the lost paper blog (see below).

Showcasing the work of people associated with my writing studio.

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A blog dedicated to group writing projects, especially collective lists.

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A monthly online haiku journal