I love the fact that I was born in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. Along with my parents (Douglas and Beatrice) and my siblings, I have lived in ten different states of the US and in Iran and Germany. There I met my favorite teacher ever. In her 6th grade class I began writing poetry and I've been writing ever since.
I graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., went to college at Princeton University, and earned my Ph.D. at Yale University. I've been teaching English at the University of South Carolina since 1990.
The most important thing about my life is being the mother of Niani Feelings, now performing in the national tour of Mean Girls. She is loving and joyful and smart and bold, like the young people I love meeting on school visits!