In 1996, Miriam's House - the organization I founded, directed and lived at - opened its doors to its first residents.
A home for Washington, DC's formerly homeless women with AIDS, Miriam's House was the focus of my work, life and passion until the end of 2009, when I left because of chronic migraine disease.
Wanting not to forget the women, I began writing their stories. Many hours at the computer and one MFA in Creative Nonfiction degree later, my book was published:
NOWHERE ELSE I WANT TO BE: A MEMOIR
GRAND PRIZE, Nonfiction, Authors Talk About It Book Contest 2017;
Finalist, Indie Excellence Book Awards 2017/Memoir;
Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2017/
Memoir and Autobiography;
Finalist, Sarton Women's Book Award 2018
The book is increasingly being recommended for social workers, health care professionals, and anyone who loves a good read.
You can read reviews, including the 5-Star review from Authors Talk About It, HERE.
I've also had several essays published, two of which won awards for literary nonfiction: Pictures in Leaves won the 41st New Millennium Writings Literary Nonfiction Award (2016); and Highest and Best was named Honorable Mention in under the gum tree's Fifth Anniversary Contest (2016).
Read these essays and others recently published HERE.
Still living in Washington, DC with my wonderful husband, Tim (about whom you'll read in the memoir), I'm working on a new project, writing essays, and fine-tuning my newest venture - Forum for Growth in Service
- because migraines have not eliminated my passions for social justice and serving others. Click HERE for information.