Projects

Confess: The Untold Story of Dorothy Good

Confess

Confess: The Untold Story of Dorothy Good is a collection of poems scheduled to be published in October 2020 by TwistiT Press. These poems follow the life of the youngest accused witch at the Salem Witch Trials. Dorothy was four years old when a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was put into the same jail as her mother, who was pregnant with her sister at the time. Dorothy had been deemed a ‘problem’ by other accusers because she used to bite other children and act out. She was examined and coerced to confess that her mother was a witch. Dorothy stayed in jail with her mother, where her sister was eventually born and subsequently died. Though Dorothy was released from jail, she suffered lifelong problems from the trauma of these events.

How many other “Dorothy’s” do we have in our society from Salem and beyond that have been subjected to mob rule at the encouragement of the patriarchy? How often will group think continue to rule us? How long will women continue to turn on each other and tear each other apart?

This collection explores both the known and unknown elements of Dorothy’s life circumstances. Research involves arrest warrants and trial transcripts from Salem, as well as texts written by historians on the history of witchcraft and religion. My deep dive included readings of Daemonolgie by King James I (1597) and Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) by Heinrich Kramer (1487). Beyond the known history, the poetry extends Dorothy’s story and imagines the effects these events had on her young adulthood.

Catch a sneak peek of the collection by reading “A Hex On All Your Houses” published by Burning House Press. You can also find a piece of the collection, “Criminalis Carolina” published in Nightingale & Sparrow’s Issue #3 “Heat”, available for purchase on Amazon


Anatomy of A Dress

Anatomy of A Dress

Anatomy of A Dress, a poetry chapbook, is scheduled to be published in December 2019 by The Hedgehog Poetry Press . These poems deal with the messages sent and interpreted by the way women have historically been encouraged to dress and keep themselves, mainly for the pleasure and the subjugation of the patriarchy. Folded into these pieces are my own experiences that have caused me much internal conflict when I choose my own clothing. Sometimes these encouragements or rules were handed down by those of our own gender (i.e. grandmothers, mothers) and reinforced by a society that has a vested interest in women knowing their place. But, as Dylan so aptly sang: “times they are a-changin'”. The poetry in this manuscript is crafted to speak loudly of the struggles that women go through, both physical and emotional, when making a decision that most men would consider simple– What should I wear today?

You can also read some of the poetry from this collection here Anatomy of A Dress


Little Ordinary Things

Little Ordinary Things

Little Ordinary Things a poetry collection. This collection was inspired by my experiences coming out of an abusive relationship. It delves into the little ordinary moments that made me realize just how toxic my situation was and ultimately led me to seek a new life.


Patriarchy for Sale: Buyer Beware

Patriarchy for Sale: Buyer Beware

Patriarchy for Sale: Buyer Beware is a work in progress. I started writing this chapbook after watching some films and listening to some music that I had probably heard and seen hundreds of times before. As I watched, I began to understand just how deeply the patriarchy has wiggled itself into my brain. I realize now, more than ever, that this institution has groomed and indoctrinated women to be pleasing and controlled. These poems create space to reconsider traditional narratives and labels that have been sold to women and seeks to inform their behavior and decision making. Though there are a lot of overt influences, often times the subtleties go unnoticed. Changing any narrative must begin with a better understanding of the patriarchal language which has created a syntax and subtext that has at its roots a subversive misogynistic agenda.