30 years teaching literature and writing in the public schools and colleges/universities in NC and SC.
hands on/ creative
Boston Globe Fiction Award, National Book Award, Edgar A. Poe Mystery Award, Nominee. Pulitzer Prize in Literature Nominee (twice) Congressional Commendation (poetry) National Play Contest (Broadway Production) winner Silver Spurs Historical Fiction Award winner and numerous teaching and writing awards and honors (to many to list)
A.A-. Wingate University (Literary) B.A, M.Ed., C.A.S.,- U.N.C.- Charlotte (English, English Ed.) M.A.- U.S.C.- Columbia (English) Ed.S. -Winthrop University (Ed. Admin. k-12) Ph.D- Union Institute & University (English/ Ed. Admin. K-12) D.Litt- Nova International University (honorary) (Writing, Literature). Additional graduate certificates: Art History, Museum Studies, Historical Preservation
On numerous publishing houses' Board of Directors. Studied under great writers such as: Eudora Welty, Reynolds price, maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Doris Betts, Lee Smith, Fred Chapell and the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Seamus Heaney.