Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New poems!

I am very grateful (and excited!) to have two poems in the new issue of Waccamaw--very different poems, but both special favorites. Hope you enjoy them!

Green Hand

Friday, April 20, 2018

writing poems a new way

Wrote poems today for anyone who walked up to our poets’ table at the South Carolina State House.

I am not good at this. Yet.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Lily Watch

I’m very grateful to The Fourth River for publishing this poem in their weekly online venue. As with children, we shouldn’t have favorite poems–but I am rather fond of this one.

Another year we greet summer, spider
lilies waking in the Catawba every May,
this time blooming slow, a cool April...

Read more!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

School's winding down

Some of what we learned in my ENGL 360 Creative Writing class. We were too busy writing to add much more to this board. :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Happy New Year! Happy New Semester! Happy New Books! Happy New Calendar! Happy New Sharpies! Happy New Resolutions, and Happy Breaking of the New Resolutions! In all the ways you most want to be happy, Happy New Year to you!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy Fall! it's time for class!

School is starting! I’m so happy to be back! This is what sabbatical does—aside from giving you time to write and think a much deeper way (I wrote a STACK of new poems!), it leaves you reeling with the OMG list of everything to do! but it gives you the energy to come back to it all and be happy—and that is a great gift. I can’t wait to meet new students and learn new things myself—it’s going to be a busy and wonderful year.

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 reading stats

I have a written list of all the books I’ve read going back to 1984, when I was still in high school! A few years ago I started tracking books digitally as well, because I was interested in the recommendations features and community reviews. But I love the stats and pictures. I’ve used Shelfari and Goodreads, but Goodreads is easier to use in some respects, and it has better graphics as well.

(It also is TERRIBLE with how it tracks books you reread, not including them in your current year, so I have started counting each book I reread as a new one and adding the reread date in the notes—which removes it from the previous years’ counts, so the only year on here likely ever to be accurate is the current one. Am I the only person who rereads a lot??)

So the stats for 2015: 37 books, 11,547 pages.

I’ll have to do better for 2016!

And here are some of my favorites or new books I read for the first time this year. I do love seeing all the covers lined up this way, especially now that I read more library books on my Kindle, so I don’t actually have all the books around the house. I really miss that! Here’s to another good reading year!

Friday, January 1, 2016

The doctor is OUT!

I will be on sabbatical in the Spring 2016 semester, so I am away from campus until 15 August 2016. If you need help in the meantime, please contact Dr. Ron Cox (HH118,, 803-313-7101).

I look forward to seeing you again in August!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015