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        Trolley Trail Series (2016 - )

In being with and in celebration of the Trolley Trail in Kansas City beginning in 2016 and

continuing through 2018, which I walk a segment of most days, I create collages, collagraphs, paintings, photographs, in medium best for capturing a particular moment. The walks—as I open and smile on being in the middle of a city open green space with others—take me from myself and my questions to a margin where I might interact and participate in a meaningful and perhaps beautiful manner one with other. The works, simple notations of all this, vary from small to large as I incorporate found objects, trail fragments, thoughts, surprises, impressions, hopes, experiemnts, worries, elations, glimpses, and meditations, each unique unto itself yet common with the life of the Trolley Trail in all its dimensions.


Series of Interludes (2017 - )

On coming to the end of one long series, and before moving into another, I am taking time to paint without focus on theme. Each Interlude is spontaneous, playful, and experimental as each piece, on its own terms, interacts with other Interludes and with me. In other words, the medium seems to rule, which is a pleasure, quite lovely and relaxing. Though there is a new theme/idea nagging at me, I may dwell with these Interludes for some time . . .


Other projects I work on:

An illustrated and written work of inner-child therapy titled, "Ella's Journals"

A novel titled, "BellaVee Traveling with Others"

A play titled, "Therapist"

A series of prose dialogues with art works titled, “M. Laur and Aude Cosette”

An historical anthology of women traveling, titled, “Women on Trains”

A collection of poetry titled, “Absolute Horse Head”

A book titled, "The Practice Writing Creatively"

A book titled, "Writing with the Philosophers"

A series of short stores titled, "White Wings"

A novel titled, "Have a Good Murder" 


Ph.D. Florida State University        

M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Arts
B.A. Fine Arts, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

B.A. Business, University of Northern Colorado



Kansas City Art Institute

The Art Students League of NYC



Professor (Retired), Literature and Creative Writing, 

Department of English and Modern Languages,

West Texas A & M University



Book Reviewer for BlueInk Reviews

Book Reviewer for Kirkus Reviews

Book Reviewer for Prick of the Spindle

Writing Workshops at




Killing Daddy, Panther Creek Press, 2002.
Woman of the Plains. Texas A&M University Press, 2000 and 2015.
Slow Mud. Pecan Grove Press, 1998.


Mockernut Street. Production, Intimate Theatre, Canyon Texas,  2002.
Corinne Goodnight. Readers’ Theatre, Canyon, Texas, 2001.
Blue Rubies. Readers’ Theatre, Canyon, Texas,  2001.
Not Laughing. Readers’ Theatre, Canyon, Texas, 2000.
Not Laughing. Staged Reading, New York  City, 2000.
Time Was. Production, Amery, Wisconsin, 1994.

Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Articles, Creative Nonfiction, Translations;

Numerous publications in literary journals and anthologies including Painted Bride Quarterly, Woven in the Wind, Short Story, Writers' Forum, The Lowell Review, Rockhurst Review, Cimarron Review, Puerto del Sol, The Hollins Critic, Mad River, Pantheist Vision, Airplane Reading, Under the Sun, Burner Magazine, as well as readings, conference presentations, and performances.

Art Exhibits/ Publications

Gallery exhibitions, including Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City; Kansas City Art Institute; Symphony in the Flint Hills Art Exhibit; Kansas City Club; ARTichokes Art Space, 

Leawood, KS; Overland Park Art at the Center; Kansas City Artists Coalition River Market Regional; Utopian Studies Conference, Colorado Springs, CO; Establishment Gallery, Amarillo, TX; Dean’s Gallery, University of  Southwestern LA; Branding Iron Theatre, Canyon, TX; Mary Moody Formal Gallery, Canyon, TX; Centrix SPACE, Tallahassee, FL; Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, CO; Nicolaysen Art Museum, WY; Central Wyoming College Fine Art Center; Big Red Barn in Ucross, WY; Pikes Peak Symphony Center, Colorado Springs, CO; Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO; Common Wheel Art Gallery, Manitou, Springs, CO.and publication or art works in literary journals, including Tampa Review; Calyx, Journal of Art and Literature by Women; Prick of the Spindle; Weave Literary Magazine; Blood Lotus Literary Journal; Present Magazine; nimble: Journal of Flash Art; Sirena: Poesia, Arte y Critica, The John Hopkins University Press.    



Killgore Research Enhancement Grants, WTAMU for 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002
Summer Faculty Development Grant, WTAMU for 2000
National Endowment of the Arts Program, Arts Corps, 1994



2001 Research Creative Excellence Award, West Texas A&M University



Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Arbor Day Foundation 


Buena Vista Life Drawing Group, Kansas City

Buena Vista Portrait Group, Kansas City

Clinton Lake Museum

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Dramatists Guild of America

Friends of the KAW

Hand Print Press, Kansas City, UMKC

International Centre for Women Playwrights
Jackson County, MO Historical Society

Kansas City Artists Collation
Kansas Land Trust

Kansas Public Radio 



Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Lawrence Public Library
Nature Conservancy 

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Pen America
Protect the Flint Hills

Saatchi Art

Salmundgundi Art Club, NYC 
State Historical Society of Missouri

Women Eco Artists Directory

The Playwrights' Center

The Writers Place, Kansas City

Universal Pantheist Society 

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