was born on January 10, 1966 at Sangley Point U.S. Naval Station on the island of Cavite,
Republic of the Philippines. She spent her
childhood moving with her Coast Guard family from state to state. She attended St. Francis Cabrini High School in New Orleans before moving to the Texas hill country, where she’s lived for the past sixteen years. She
received her B.A. in English and her M.F.A. in poetry at Southwest Texas State University and her Ph.D. at Binghamton University. She has published poems in Black Warrior
Review, Peregrine, and Lullwater Review, among others. Her manuscript has been a finalist in several national
competitions, including the Ohio State University/The Journal Award. She recently completed her first novel, is working on
another, and learning to play the violin. She teaches part time at Southwest Texas State University and lives in San Marcos, Texas with her husband, son, and
daughter. Cold Angel of Mercy is her first book.