I’m a teacher, artist, and sometimes writer. Originally from Chicago, I live in mountains in New Mexico, with my husband, two daughters, and a bunch of animals – dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and pigeons. I’ve lived in NM longer now, than I lived in Chicago. I love to teach and write poetry to my elementary students. I spent grad school (in art ed) making books/collages, and writing poems. I joined the marathon so I could spark myself to commit to writing more! I’m thankful for my friend Maureen McInerney Mleczewski, who signed up first, which inspired me and gave me the guts to sign up too! I also look forward to reading many poems during the marathon.