I am an author, illustrator, and teacher.
This website is a resource where you can find my classes, many of the poems included in my collection, “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”, and other projects I am working on.
I have been writing and illustrating since I was a girl and have always had a particular affinity for poetry and poetic prose. My first book was published in 2010, and since then I have had the good fortune to work on numerous other writerly and artistic projects. In addition to my own work, I teach creative writing and communications online, which I love! Prior to teaching online, I taught at a university in Dallas, Texas.
When I am not playing with or teaching about words, I help run a chamber orchestra or sew heirloom dolls.
My doll company,Vance Studios, was born out of my love for crafting unique characters on paper and with textiles. I enjoy the challenge of working with different fabrics, paying close attention to color, texture, and weight. True to my illustration style, I pay careful attention to facial features, striving to maximize emotion with minimal strokes.