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Delaware Division of the Arts 2019 Masters Award in Literature.  The award for $10,000 is given once every three years. 

Bath Flash Fiction Award, short-listed, Peachy, published in Things Left and Found by the Side of the Road, An Hoc, Press, 2019.

National Federation of Press Women 2019 Communicator of Achievement Award.

Delaware Press Association 2018-2019 Communicator of Achievement Award, the highest award bestowed on a member.  


Delaware Press Association. First Place, Opinion, the News Journal. Print and online, 2017


Inside a childhood of neglect and abuse - 


Autumn wanted to believe that her drug-addicted, prostitute mother didn’t mean to hurt her, and would stop after the first few blows. But seeing her daughter in pain mirrored her own pain, her own disappointments, and somehow, deep down in her brain pain made sense, so she kept punching. Until, of course, Autumn was dead. 

VESTA Short Fiction Award, short-listed, Never Again published in Lakeview: A Journal of International Art and Literature, 2017.


​The 14th International Conference of the Short Story Short Fiction Contest, Second Place, 2016.


Rules to Survive Childhood, a short memoir, chosen for A Global Experience: Selected Stories from the 14th International Conference of the Short Story (English-Chinese), East China Normal University, 2016

2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, educator   https://arts.d,  Related video:

​Delaware Press Association, First Place, Book Editing. On the Mason Dixon Line: An Anthology of Cotemporary Delaware Writers, 2009.

Delaware Division of the Arts, artist fellowship, professional in non-fiction, 2015 

Delaware Division of the Arts, artist fellowship, professional in fiction, 2007 

Delaware Divisional of the Arts fellowship, professional in poetry, 2005

State of Delaware, Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, 1992, recognizing 11 years of volunteer service, the State Planning Council for Child & Adolescent Mental Health.

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