At Methodist University I serve as Director of the Writing Center, and Professor of English and Writing.  I am a past recipient of a cosponsored National Endowment of Arts and North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Writing, the Al Cleveland Award for Teaching, the Best Professor of the Year Award, and the McLean Endowed Chair of English.

Methodist is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and I’ve lived here with my husband, Michael Colonnese, also a professor of English and Writing at MU, since 1989. Originally from Queens, New York, and then Long Island, I have made Fayetteville my adopted home, and it’s the place where my husband I raised our two sons, Dan and Ben.

Dan, by the way, works in IT and lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife, Jennifer, and our granddaughter, Lillian (pictured above with me last year when she was just three months old), and Ben lives in Asheville, NC, where he works as a glass artist. Check out his website at

I’ve published four books —two poetry (Memories of Light and Lateral Drift), one nonfiction (Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories), and a novel (Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman). But right now I’m most excited about my newly released second edition of Real Birth, available on amazon.com. Also, I regularly publish poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction in literary journals and have about ninety publications to my credit.

I received an MA in English Literature from Binghamton University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art. With my husband, we co-founded Longleaf Press, MU’s literary press, in 1997, and we continue to publish poetry chapbooks but also full length collections and now novels. Please check our Longleaf Press website at www.methodist.edu/longleaf/