Photo courtesy of Tom Samuel

Photo courtesy of Tom Samuel

 

Born and schooled in northwestern Connecticut, I currently live in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Most of my creative life has been spent as a writer. My poetry has been published in several Canadian journals and in three TWiG anthologies. (TWiG is the Charlottetown-based writers’ group, the talented members of which have been my source of inspiration and encouragement for some time.) I’ve authored two chapbooks of poetry: “Hydrostone Quartet” and “Mother-in-Law Suite,” and my prose includes stories of my experiences living in Haiti and West Africa. See “Smoked Herring and the Talking Dog” (The Caribbean Writer) and “Awaiting Ziafo”, a Grain Magazine creative non-fiction prize winner. More recently, the well-known Island sculptor, Carl Phyllis, challenge me to write something with a happy ending. Accepting the challenge, I wrote “A Buck for the Babe” which was published in the anthology Snow Softly Falling: Holiday Stories from Prince Edward Island. In 2016 I published my first novel, I’ll Tell You One Thing, available as a trade paperback and as an ebook. https://www.amazon.ca/Ill-Tell-You-One-Thing/dp/0973751630/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

I’m also a photographer. Back in the 70s I shot with a single lens reflex (SLR) and developed my own black and white prints in a basement darkroom. I let my interest in photography lapse and didn’t pick it up again for many years. My first digital camera was a point-and-shoot Sony that was soon replaced by Canon PowerShot A720IS. I'm still reworking some of the images I took with it nearly ten years ago. Currently, I use a full-frame Canon 6D.  I'm a proud member of the Prince Edward Island Photography Club.