New Haiku Grand Prix, Ito En Art of Haiku, Semifinalist (multiple; 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016)
Goodreads Newsletter Poetry Contest, Winner for free verse poem "Emergency Department" (Oct 2016) Connecticut Poetry Award, Third Place (2016) for free verse poem "Skin". Judge's commentary: "This poem is remarkable for its stunning use of imagery...But beyond the poem's aesthetic qualities is something tangible to hold."
it is my ambassador to the world my hot, my feel, my here but not there
an inexact barrier, heat and sweat like a muddled language seeping through
if I wore a different skin would you still know it is me?
it is recognizable enough – a fancy façade for the shy self within
without it, I might not realize my perimeters or whether I am part of everything else
why do we need to be so distinct? it must not be that important
for what skin is worn in the land of souls? what use is a costume when the pageant is over?
I dream of pure beings in butterfly bliss intermingling like soft flames
what was once contained in a fragile glass will be made free as water
when we drop these worn garments I will still know it is you
as we reach the latent truths of ourselves and fall together, sure as gravity, shapeless as stars