Born in Cleveland, Ohio August 8, 1936, I am of African American descent. I have been a member of the St. Mark Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio since 1947. At the age of fourteen I went to work outside the home. I graduated from John Hay High School Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. I took courses in Psychology at Cuyahoga Community College and am a graduate of the William F. Bolger Management Academy, United States Postal Service. I have four (4) Children and twelve (12) Grandchildren.
I was in the work force for over thirty (30) years. At retirement, October 3, 1992, I was Branch Manager/Superintendent of Mails and Delivery for the United States Postal Service. I have traveled extensively through Europe; thrice to Germany, Paris, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Amsterdam, Canada, the Virgin Islands and the Continental United States.
I have been writing poems and essays since 1980. Feeling that my poems were my personal spiritual expressions, I did not allow anyone to read them until 1992 when my Daughter, Jessica, encouraged me to do so. I was further encouraged when I received and 'Editor's Preference Award of Excellence' on my first entry to a poetry contest.
My poems and essays have appeared in the following Anthologies and Magazines: American Poetry Annual; American Poetry Anthology 1995; Voices of Many Lands; A Moment In time; Musings; Reflections; Best New Poems of 1994; Poetic Voices of America; Our Captured Moments; Who's Who in Poetry; Best Poems of the '90s; A Muse To Follow; Best Poems Of 1996; Verses; Starburst; and others.
In 1996 I published a book of some of my favorite poems, titled 'I do believe', Awards: 'Editor's Preference Award of Excellence' for poems; Free to be me! & Prejudice; 'Editor's Choice Awards' for: Why me Lord, I want to be selfish now!, Reminiscence and The Sprinter. 'Special Recognition Award' for Amnesiac.
Memberships include: National Author's Registry; Distinguished Member, International Society of Poets; International Society of Author's and Artists; National Writers Assoc.; The Poet's Guild.
My goal is to publish short stories for teenagers and preteens. I feel that our young black children and indeed all children, need guidance and encouragement from an inspirational point of view that gives hope, self-confidence and a sense of pride in who they are. The rearing of my four Children and the very close relationship that I share with my twelve Grandchildren (I have legal guardianship of my two eldest Grandchildren) has afforded me the privilege of being totally involved in the lives, loves, problems and disappointments of the present day teen and young adult.