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
ADDITIONAL ART STUDY
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
FREELANCE WRITING AND TEACHING
Book Reviewer for BlueInk Reviews
Book Reviewer for Kirkus Reviews
Book Reviewer for Prick of the Spindle
Writing Workshops at writers.com
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
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.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
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
AWARDS AND HONORS
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
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
NINE dot ARTS
Protect the Flint Hills
Salmundgundi Art Club, NYC
State Historical Society of Missouri
Women Eco Artists Directory
The Playwrights' Center
The Writers Place, Kansas City
Universal Pantheist Society