The Dragon Upstairs, Flash Fiction Magazine and 2017 Anthology


"What Really Happened," history-inspired play performed at Worldwide Plays Festival sponsored by David Letterman's company.

Awards and Recognition

  • "The History Makers" was named a finalist in March 2018 for a coveted Benjamin Franklin Award by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the largest publishing association in the U.S.
  • David Shelton Memorial Fellowship Award. Lizzie Koch Heart and Hand Character Award. President Obama's Volunteer Service Award. Repeat winner of Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards

Press and Media Mentions

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