Hello! Thank you for taking an interest in reading my published works. Please click on the links below to read a sampling of my writing available on-line. Alternatively, I invite you to view my writing portfolio on Contently.

You might also be interested in 9 Lives: The Life in 10 Minutes Anthologyin which one of my short creative non-fiction pieces appears, as well as in Our Virginia, a collection of poetry including two of my poems.

Cooperative Living Magazine

Published by the Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives, Cooperative Living Magazine is a “lifestyle magazine that informs and entertains. Reaching more than 510,000 customers, the largest circulation of any Virginia publication, 10 times a year. From the Delmarva Peninsula to the Cumberland Gap, from suburban Washington, D.C., to the North Carolina border, Cooperative Living magazine covers the Commonwealth.”

Beer Dogs

Jackie McCool’s first book, Beer Dogs Virginia, is a one-of-a-kind coffee table book that showcases portraits of dogs from breweries around the state of Virginia. The collection of images is accompanied by essays from local authors, dog lovers, celebrity chefs, and brewing experts. It is the perfect way to combine two of Virginia’s greatest loves – beer and dogs! Beer Dogs is an ideal gift for any dog lover, beer enthusiast, or tourist who wants to explore the state’s breweries and stories of its beloved four-legged friends. This beautiful collection of essays and images will make a great addition to any home or office.

Writing Through the Apocalypse, Pandemic Poetry and Prose

Writing Through the ApocalypsePandemic Poetry and Prose, is a collection of sixty-three essays and poems written by writers from all over the world who have been writing together on Zoom every week since March 2020.

Cypress Lifestyle

Poetry for Ukraine

“From award-winning multi-published poet laureates, to emerging poets exploring words for the very first time; from university professors, actors, psychologists, artists and journalists, to students, domestic workers, librarians, teachers and care-workers; from high-schoolers, to the over eighties, POETRY FOR UKRAINE brings together an incredible 254 poets from 53 countries around the world, all showing their support for Ukraine!”

Quilted Poems: An Ekphrastic Collaboration of Poets and Quilters

“Quilted Poems” was created by an ekphrastic collaboration of poets from the Poetry Society of Virginia, and quilters from Virginia. Ekphrastic is Greek for to “describe or explain”. The quilts in this book visually describe poems written to inspire quilters. It contains 65 poems and images of 45 quilts. Some of the quilts were designed as concrete representations of the quilter’s chosen poem, others used abstract symbols or abstract quilt block designs. The poems address various subjects including nature, the process of quilting and quilters, and spirituality.

  • Memories Wander These Woods

The Virginia Mercury

“The Virginia Mercury is an independent, nonprofit online news organization covering state government and policy.  The Mercury launched in 2018 to bring a fresh perspective to coverage of the state’s biggest political and policy issues and fill the gaps in statehouse reporting created by a shrinking media industry.

The Mercury is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. We retain full editorial independence and are a proud member of the Virginia Press Association and the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association.”

U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Powered by the United States Department of Education, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) helps families, schools, and students find and access resources and programs.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Dogs

This edition of the popular and uplifting Chicken Soup for the Soul series became available July 14, 2020. Chicken Soup for the Soul books provide encouraging, real-life tales (or should I say “tails?”) of people and animals overcoming challenges, surmounting odds, learning life lessons, etc.

  • Always With Me, Still

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy

This edition of the popular and uplifting Chicken Soup for the Soul series became available September 24, 2019. Chicken Soup for the Soul books provide encouraging, real-life tales (or should I say “tails?”) of people and animals overcoming challenges, surmounting odds, learning life lessons, etc.

  • What I Wouldn’t Give…

American Kennel Club (AKC)

The Petco Foundation 

Poetry Society of Virginia

Great Wolf Lodge

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog

The Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books provides encouraging, real-life tales (or should I say “tails?”) of people and animals overcoming challenges, surmounting odds, learning life lessons, etc.

  • The Reward

Freedom with Writing

Freedom with Writing is a resource for all writers. In a regular newsletter, they compile dozens of writing and publishing opportunities for blogs, websites, articles, contests, anthologie, etc. They also publish informative books for writers.

Everyday Dog Magazine

Originally a print magazine known as Virginia-Maryland-Washington DC Dog, Everyday Dog Magazine is now an online web and social media platform for dog lovers and dog professionals.

The Village News

Based out of Chester, Virginia, The Village News is published weekly and covers “the stories that mean the most to our readers…. Editorial focuses on school events and news, local sports, community events and announcements, civic groups and club news, local politics, local social issues, and anything that is affecting the daily lives of our readers.”

Mother Earth Living

Mother Earth Living features articles, tips, tricks, and information for living our best lives in harmony with the natural environment.

The Extra Mile

The Extra Mile is powered by The Harford, and features lots of useful information about insurance, as well as about wellness, home, family, and lifestyle.

League Blog

League is a health and wellness company that offers some pretty cool benefits and programs. Their blog features all kinds of stories, covering topics ranging from how you can be healthier at work, to how health benefits impact the workplace.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Times-Dispatch is Virginia’s capital city newspaper. My work has appeared in their “In My Shoes” and “My Life” columns. is an excellent resource for pet parents (like me!). If there’s a dog (or two or three!) in your life, you might want to read the articles below–as well as many others available on

Sweatpants and Coffee

Sweatpants and Coffee is a self-care website that touts itself as being “a bastion of comfort and sanity in an often uncomfortable world.” Their articles are uplifting, informative, and engaging.

writeHacker Magazine

Although no longer in circulation, writeHackr was a digital magazine geared towards writers of all kinds.

Life in 10 Minutes is a writing workshop group in Richmond, Virginia. It’s also a book and a school of writing. It’s inclusive, encouraging, and unifying. The site publishes pieces written in a mere 10 minutes.

Bozeman Magazine

Bozeman Magazine is both a print and digital publication that features local art and writing.


This literary magazine is geared for teens and young adults. Though several of my poems have appeared in Cicada, the first literary magazine to feature my writing, only one is available online.

The Christian Science Monitor

This independent newspaper is owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. It prides itself on fair and balanced presentation of news around the world.

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