Ice Cream Party

Enjoy a taste of Alice’s award-winning poetry! Award Winner, Poetry Council of North Carolina Pale plaid dresses brush against pink walls, patent leather Mary Janes kick white tiles. Two balloons escape into rafters, and I haven’t tasted even a teaspoon of ice cream....

The King of Cool Looks at Fifty

published in the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, April 2012 I idle my bike in this empty field, dry as a Southern Baptist wedding. I cough from the exhaust and the scorched wildflowers on the edges smell wasted, me on pot. Don’t smoke, don’t drink anymore… My...

Ode to Hamburger Helper

Honorable Mention Winner in the 2012 Carolina Woman Writing Contest Come to me my enriched pasta and rice, packaged cheese and red powdered sauce— I pull out the milk and water for you on school nights when the kids are starving for Beef Pasta or Crunchy Taco. My...

Lesson from John Denver: Too Much Self-Promotion?

I recently received some feedback that I promote myself too much and that I should “tone it down.” I didn’t reply, but still wanted to thank the giver of that feedback. Why? Because if I’m promoting too much it means I’m doing something right and I’m getting out...

My 2017 Year-End Wrap Up

In 2017 I played more music, wrote less poetry, gave far fewer writing workshops, but gave many tours at the NC Museum of History. I continued writing and editing for Wake Living magazine. Two of my favorite stories I covered was about flooring and Operation Coming...
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