2012 The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, Washington Writers’ Publishing House

2011 Poetry Prize, H.O.W. Journal

2007 Washington Square Review Poetry Contest

2005 Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred

1999 Lite Poetry Contest

1996 and 1994 James Still Poetry Award



2007 Baltimore Arts & Humanities Grant

2003 Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council



2017 2nd Place Award and publication, Friends of Falun Gong

2015-16 Finalist, American Poetry Prize from Settlement House

2015 Finalist, Louise Bogan Award

2012 Finalist, Quartet Series, Toadlily Press

2011 Finalist, Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry, The Broome Review and Split Oak Press

2009 Finalist, Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series

2009 Finalist, Best of the Net

2008 Semi-finalist, St. Lawrence Book Award

2008 Runner Up, Blue Collar Review Award

2007 Honorable Mention, Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest

2007 Finalist, the Marlboro Prize for Poetry, Marlboro Review

2007 Finalist, Autumn House Book Award

2007 Semi-finalist, Nimrod/Hardman Awards

2007 Finalist, National Literary Award,  Salem College, Center for Women Writers

2006 Finalist, Kore Press First Book Award

2006 Finalist, Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest

2006 Finalist, Many Mountains Moving Flash Fiction Contest

2005 2nd Place, The Rehobeth Beach Writers Guild Poetry Contest

2003 Finalist, Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, Nimrod/Hardman Awards

2003 Honorable Mention, Mildred Werba Poetry Contest

2001 Finalist, Maryland State Poetry & Literary Society’s Chapbook Contest

2000 2nd Place, City Paper Poetry Contest