I have taught at DePaul University for nearly 30 years and am the Vincent DePaul Professor of Literary and Multi-Disciplinary Studies in the School for New Learning. I have an MA and PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Along with books on literature & medicine, women, writing & incarceration; and critical articles, I’ve published poetry in JAMA, Michigan Quarterly Review, Borderlands, Southern Poetry Review, Blue Mesa Review, among others, and was nominated in 2002 for a Pushcart Prize. I spent a glorious month living in Everglades National Park as artist-in-residence in 2016. I am currently working on a memoir of my mother, an essay of El Salvador, and, of course, poems. On the board of Chicago’s Guild Literary Complex, I live in Chicago and Sarasota, FL.