Book Collaborations

Orenaug Mountain Publishing produces themed anthologies throughout the year, often providing previously unpublished poets with a publishing credit. I am happy to be both editor and poet in these collections, which feature Connecticut voices and voices from around the world. You can read many of these writers in the Orenaug Mountain Poetry Journal as well.

From Art to Art

Ekphrastic poetry results when a poet writes in response to a work of art, drawing on the details of the art as well as individual experience in the creation of a new, original work of art. The poems and images of the art that inspired them in this book represent a year of the Orenaug Poetry Group’s regular visits to the Woodbury Public Library Gallery in Woodbury, Connecticut, to write about the diverse art exhibits that changed from month to month.

The Harvest and the Reaping

Contributors to this poetry anthology share their experiences of autumn transformations. Some poems are nostalgic, some are humorous, and some are reflective. Writers from around the United States and from Wales, India, and Sint Maarten offer poems that are unique yet recognizable. Together, their voices form a community of individuals whose words reflect deep passion and respect for life.

Instances of Seeing

Instances of Seeing is a collection of art and poetry. The works of art were exhibited in the Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust Art and Photography Show in October 2023, and the poems were inspired by those works and written by members of Woodbury's Orenaug Poetry Group.

The artists are Joan Anthony, Melody Asbury, Michael Audette, Marc Chabot, Michael Gallagher, Cynthia Gillette, Anita Gregorski, Alexandra Herst, Sarah Kushwara, Mary Jane LaBoudy, and Jim Laurino. The poets are Elizabeth (Betty Lou) Bowles, Sandy Lee Carlson, Julie Cook, Edward Dzitko, and Lori Rek.

Winter Glimmerings

To be a glimmer is to be a faint, wavering light; to glimmer is to shine dimly. This has been the meaning of the word since the early 15th century, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary (, which also states that the word meant “to shine brightly” at the end of the 14th century. Glimmer takes the Old English “gleam”– brightness–as its root. Since the mid-13th century, to gleam has meant "to throw rays of light; appear suddenly and clearly." Winter Glimmerings is a collection of poems about finding hope even in the cold and in the dark and in the unknown.