Always an avid reader while growing up in Springdale, Pennsylvania, I worked as a secretary for Gulf Oil Corp. after graduating from high school. I started writing poetry while working for a writing degree at Metro State College in Denver. After moving to Seattle, I heard about Haiku Northwest and decided to join. I enjoy reading haiku at our meetings and the critique-type discussions that follow. I have a husband and two grown children. Haiku have always intrigued me because of their depth of feeling and brevity. My favorite poets are Robert Frost and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.