About me

I grew up near Boston, studied at New York University and Oxford, and presently live in Sydney with my husband and our 5 sons. I write both poetry and fiction, and have received development grants in each from the Australia Council for the Arts. My non-fiction explores life with chronic illness and invisible disability. I also edit WordMothers, showcasing women’s work in the literary arts worldwide.

 

  • My favorite book is Superfudge by Judy Blume. I’ve read it so many times I’ve lost count.

 

  • I spent less than 100 days with my husband before we married. That was 18 years ago.

 

  • I have now lived in Australia almost as long as I lived in the US!

 

  • I told my college roommate that my dream family was a houseful of little boys. Guess what I got?

 

  • I have CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) and collect autoimmune diseases as if they were Pandora charms.

 

  • Mold is my Kryptonite. I can sense water damage at 20 paces, which is really the short straw as far as superpowers go. It’s basically the anti-superpower.

 

  • Inspirational quotes give me the irrits. I also loathe the term “journey” unless accompanied by an actual backpack.

 

  • Speaking of backpacks, my fantasy destination is Tokyo. I’m also up for an African safari if anybody’s offering.

 

  • My favorite smells are chlorine, sunblock, bug spray, and pine. I’m holding out for the Calvin Klein launch of a fragrance called Summer Camp.

 

  • I will always say “Yes!” to coffee or guacamole.

 

  • I am never without white Tic Tacs or a tape measure.

 

Boats on harbor

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2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Five little boys! Wow . . . I had three (many years ago) and that seemed to be quite a handful.
    Very happy to have connected and look forward to speaking soon. Just fyi, I am originally British and worked in book publishing in London before emigrating to Australia in 1990.
    V impressed with all that you are involved in.

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    • Hi Jennie, yes, it’s all action around here! But we do love our books, too. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and sharing more about your background. I can’t wait to feature you on WordMothers and hear about your work at Room to Read!

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