Awards & Honors

2020-2021 – I have been named a judge for the Page Turner Awards (Young Writer Award category).

December 2020 – My blog was named one of the Top Autism Bloggers of 2020 by twinkl!

September 2020 – My poem “Eviction” was featured in The Art of Autism’s 5th Annual Art & Poems for Peace Initiative.

2020 – Throughout 2020 I have partnered via social media with the LifeAid No Vet Alone suicide prevention charitable organization.

October 2019 – My poem, “That Kind of Girl”, was published in the literary anthology, “Smitten, This is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women” by Indie Blue Publishing.

May 2019 – My mixed media collage ACEO, “Untitled #1“, won 3rd place in the Finding Your Inner MozArt Art Contest!

February 2019 – My illustrated short story ebook, “No More Grumpies!“, was chosen as a 5-star “Readers Favorite” children’s book selection!

January 2019 – I was named an official board member of the International Board of Sensory Accessibility!

October 2018 – Two of my artworks were featured in Healers Magazine!

August 2018 – My drawing, “A Soft Place to Land”, won honorable mention in the Disability Legal Rights Center Art Contest, run in conjunction with the Art of Autism website.

April 2017 – My children’s book, “Creepy, Funny & Just Plain Weird: Stories and poems for kids”, was a finalist in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Awards and won the bronze medal for the 9-12 year old age category!

March 2017 – My drawing, “Yoga Girl”, won a contest to be featured in an upcoming textbook entitled “Educating Students with Autism: Partnering with Families for Positive Outcomes”, published by Sage Publications, and written by Robin LaBarbera (Professor and Director of Special Education at Biola University).

October 2016 – My drawing, “Taste the Rainbow“, was featured as the cover image for the National Arts & Humanities Month #SHOWYOURART project sponsored by The Art of Autism.

September 2016 – My poem, “Labels”, was featured in the 2016 “Poems for Peace” project compilation!

March 2016 – My artwork and poetry were chosen to be featured in the “Barking Sycamores: Year One” literary anthology.

September 2015 – My poetry book, “Searching for the Truth“, was chosen as a 5-star “Readers Favorite” inspirational poetry selection.

April 22-24, 2015 – Three of my artworks were chosen to be featured in the 2015 HANDS in autism “Hidden Talents: Celebrating Abilities through Exposition” art exhibit at the IUPUI campus hospital in Indianapolis, IN.

April 2015 – My painting, “Boxy Giraffe”, was featured in the Autism Artism 2015 art exhibit at Territorial Vineyards in Eugene, OR.

October 2014 – Two of my drawings and three of my poems were chosen to be included in the literary anthology “Not Dead Yet: An Anthology of Survivor Poetry”.

July 2014 – Two of my drawings and five of my poems were chosen to be included in the literary anthology “Uncommon Minds – Autism poetry, prose and short stories”.

June 7, 2014 – Several of my artworks were chosen to be featured in the “Artists of Autism” exhibit at the Art House Gallery in Wakefield, UK.

May 2-30, 2014 – Several of my artworks were chosen to be featured in the “Inside/OUT, Art as Healing Therapy” exhibit at the ArtServe Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

April 21-23, 2014 – Two of my artworks were chosen to be featured in the 2014 HANDS in autism “Hidden Talents: Celebrating Abilities through Exposition” art exhibit at the IUPUI campus hospital in Indianapolis, IN.

November 2013 – My mixed media drawing, “Release the Inner Light”, was a finalist for the “From Your Perspective” art contest, sponsored by Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research.

September 2013 – My nonfiction poetry book, “From Both Sides“, was chosen as a 5-star “Readers Favorite” nonfiction selection.

March 2013 – My picture book, “Ode to Icky“, was chosen as a pick for the 2013 KART Kids Book List Awards!

December 2012 – My young adult poetry book, “Not Afraid to Be Real“, was chosen as a 5-star “Readers Favorite” Poetry selection.

October 2012 – My children’s ebook, “In Memory of Dad“, won the Literary Classics International Book Award for the children’s book category of “Mature Issues”.

August 2012 – My children’s picture book, “Ode to Icky“, was chosen as a 5-star “Readers Favorite” K-3rd grade selection.

December 2011 – My children’s ebook, “Weezie, the Elephant with Allergies“, was chosen to be featured by 5-Star Books, who pride themselves in spotlighting only the best indie fiction!

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