Poet. Writer. Writing Coach.
Hey there! I'm Dawn, and I fell in love with writing and reading as a child. Words and the paths they take to form stories, both fictional and true, have fascinated me ever since!
While my career has taken a few unexpected turns, I'm thrilled that writing has always been at least a small part of it.
In past lives, I've worked as...
- an advertising copywriter and freelancer
- an admission director at an independent school
- a middle-school English teacher
- an adjunct instructor at local universities
- the associate director of the M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Wilkes University
- the assistant to the President at Wilkes.
In 2017, I left the 9-5 world to build my writing and coaching business, and I haven't looked back!
Whether I'm putting one word in front of the other, working 1:1 with other writers to begin, revive or finish a writing project, leading online writing groups, or planning for an in-person writing retreat, my work happy place is surrounded by words.
I find the most peace when I am near sand and salt water. I find calm and excitement when I wander the neighborhoods of New York City. I'm the mom of grown sons who are off adulting - one in New York and one in Seattle. I love to run, walk, and Hula Hoop in my living room. I also don't mind cleaning. These and other types of movement often shake ideas free and help me get words down on the page. I'm always ready for a road trip to give or attend a reading. I love live music, talking about poetry and writing, and swapping recommendations for movies and books.
I'm grateful that these journals are now home for some of my poems:
A video conversation with Kim about work and life.
Girls Talk Business with Kim Trathen
Article about I AM STRENGTH Reading at Misericordia University
A Q&A with Curtis Smith
A Q&A with fiction writer Gale Martin
Listen to Dawn’s interviews with Erika Funke on WVIA’s “ArtScene.”
Release of Take Something When You Go
Release of I Know When To Keep Quiet
Library Express Reading - John Amen and Friends
Pages & Places Festival
Reviews of I Know When to Keep Quiet