Articles & Interviews

In 2012, I had two articles published about authors attending the Rochester Children's Book Festival. "Inside the Author's Studio: Where Do They Get Their Ideas?" appears in the 2012 festival program book, and "Inspiring the Next Generation of Storytellers" appears in the October 2012 issue of Genesee Valley Parent Magazine on page 20: http://bluetoad.com/publication/?i=127993. These authors--Paul Acampora, Sheela Chari, Marsha Hayles, Matt McElligott, Matt Phelan, Larry Tuxbury, and Lisa Wheeler--are insightful and inspirational.

 
 
My personal essay, "Head-Wound Hayden," appeared in the October 2011 issue of Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. It's a humorous piece about my accident prone five-year-old. You can access it below.
 
 
 
In August of 2011, I had the opportunity to interview local authors and illustrators for a televised segment to promote the Rochester Children's Book Festival, which will take place on Saturday, November 5, 10am-4pm, at Monroe Community College. This is a free celebration of literacy and learning, and I am proud to be a part of it. Check out the interviews at http://www.292baby.org/vod.htm?2011bookfestivalRR. 
 
 
My article, "From Bovine to Believer," appeared in the 2011 edition of the Rochester
Baby Guide
. It's about my experience coming to terms with being a new mom. Prior to that, "Thanksgiving Tears" was published in the November 2010 issue of Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Please check them out below. 
 
In May 2010, my personal essay "Downstream" was selected from over 2,000 submissions as
a finalist in the
Cup of Comfort/REDBOOK Love Story Contest. Alas, it did not win placement in either publication. I am now seeking another outlet to publish this essay about my husband's unconventional marriage proposal and the song that has buoyed us through good times and bad
.
 
In February 2009, I received a wonderful surprise: an e-mail from Genesee Valley Parent Magazine letting me know they'd not only entered my cover story "Skyler's Eyes" into the annual Parenting Publications of America competition, but that I had WON! My personal essay about my son's autism received a silver award against entries from across the U.S. and even Canada. The judges commented: "The author tells a beautiful story about her son and what he means to her and her family. The fact that her child has autism is important to the story, but the story of how he was diagnosed is moving and can be a learning experience to other families facing the same issues."
 
I've attached my published articles below, including "Waste No Tears on Sears"—a blog I posted on the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle website. It marked the first time I wrote from a source of anger, and ooh it felt good! Effective, too: When Sears received a copy in the mail, they provided the portraits I'd been denied. "Make Your Portrait Experience Memorable—in a Good Way" is a more positive spin on the Sears article and was published in the July 2009 issue of Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. GVP also published "Clark Kent vs. Superman: Who Would You Rather Have as a Dad?" in April 2010 and "Advocacy vs. Alienation" in September 2010. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper ran "Thanks to the Ex" on July 26, 2009.
 
 
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