I believe in the power of language – in the poetry & stories of our lives –

to build bridges, to open hearts & connect us, one to another. — md

Stairwell—Assisi, Italy

Stairwell—Assisi, Italy

I did not start out as a WRITER. I started out as a human being who cares deeply about the world around me, both the human and the natural. The first pulse and desire to use my voice came from injustices rousing my heart, until I felt the need to speak out, and to write.

This pulse led me first into TEACHING at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. I used my voice and agency in the classroom to engage critical young minds and hearts to probe various forms of oppression based on race, class, gender, sexuality and the colonization of Indigenous Peoples.  

I grew up on five acres of land, surrounded by trees and vegetable gardens and a stream. Early on, I felt a strong connection to the NATURAL WORLD. At times, it feels as if my visceral response to land and landscape connects me to my lineage and ancestors – in Germany and Ireland – and to the early agrarian farmers of this [occupied] land. 

Connection to others and NURTURING COMMUNITY is important to me. I find I do this more and more through writing and readings and the sharing of poems and stories.  Somehow, our stories and poems can be a great connector, especially in this time of too many divides.  We need beauty. We need poetry. We need each other. 

 
Window—Botanical Gardens,Tofino, BC

Window—Botanical Gardens,Tofino, BC