I have been writing since age 14. I occasionally get my best inspiration at 50,000 feet, on the back of an elephant in Phnom Penh or on the MARC train to D.C. I rest my slippers next to my husband’s in Gardenville, a neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore. Writing has become one of the vehicles I use to awaken others to act for social, societal and political change. My poetry is published in Volumes 28 and 29 of Poet’s Ink, End of 83 and I contribute to the op-ed page of The Baltimore Sun. A short story, Left Behind, appears in the 2014 inaugural issue of Dragonfly. My first book, Our Favorite Vacation Beach: Ocean City, Maryland, weaves personal and shared stories of generations of families’ vacations. My project in development is a novel about an Eastern Shore lynching.