Invitation by Duke Medical School to present a paper at the 2010 Life Lines Conference: “Bringing Poetry to Our Patients, Our community and Ourselves”  in Durham, North Carolina

Invited to present a paper at the 1998  International Conference of Women Writers in Rosario, Argentina

Received two grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts in 2000 and 1993, and one from the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities in 1987

Was appointed as a 1996 – 97 Associate of The Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute

Received the 2010 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize in Telluride, Colorado

While on the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado, earned every award for teaching and scholarship offered by the students, the faculty and administration, including Teacher of the Year Award granted by the students, and Distinguished Scholar Award, by the faculty

Selected as one of six poets to read in 1989 with the prestigious poet, Galway Kinnell, featured guest at the First Colorado Poetry Festival

Named one of five Outstanding Women of Weld County (the field of Literary Arts) in 1994

Received the Gateway Battered Women’s Services Award in 2000 and 2003

Nominated for the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2008

Invitations to deliver keynote addresses and make presentations at conferences and institutions ranging from Newport, Oregon and El Paso, Texas to Durham, North Carolina and Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Santa Barbara, California

Honored with an appointment in 1976 as a Danforth Associate

Requests to conduct several writing workshops and give readings nationally