Deidra's poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review,
Poetry Miscellany, Puerto del Sol, West
Branch, and Wind Magazine, among other printed
and online journals.
In 1997 Deidra returned to writing poetry after more than
20 years of focusing on her professional career in communications.
In 2000, she took a hiatus from work to attend the MFA program
at Vermont College where she studied under Richard Jackson,
Betsy Sholl, Bill Olsen, and Roger Weingarten.
2001 she was selected as Montgomery County Poet Laureate
in a competition judged by Robert Hass. Also that year,
she received a Leeway Emerging Artist Award and was nominated
by Vermont College for the Modern Poetry Association's Ruth
Lily Fellowship. In 2002, she was a finalist for a Pew Fellowship
Deidra tries to balance her creative writing life with the
demands of her professional careera challenge in which
she is not always successful, though ever hopeful. She credits
the support of her weekly poetry group, 34th Street Poets,
with helping her to keep focused and motivated.