who i am and what i do

new years eve 2013

I was born in Los Angeles in 1960 and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I received a BS in Psychology in 1982 and a JD in 1985 from the University of Florida. I am a 4th-generation attorney and also a literary writer and editor.  I live in Gainesville, Micanopy, and Cross Creek, Florida, with like minded persons.

My poetry and short fiction has appeared or will soon appear in 42Opus, The Absinthe Literary Review, The Adirondack Review, The Blue Fifth Review, Cenotaph, The Charlotte Poetry Review, CrossConnect, Earth’s Daughters, Eclectica, Exquisite Corpse, The Hold, Images InScript, New Laurel Review, The New York Quarterly, The Panhandler, The Paumanok Review, Poetry.St Corner, Poetry Super Highway, Red River Review, Snake Nation Review, Snakeskin, Stark Raving Sanity, Stirring: A Literary Collection and Xavier Review.  I received an honorable mention in the North Carolina Writers’ Network Thomas Wolfe Fiction Contest, judged by Barbara Kingsolver, and  an honorable mention in the 2001 Poetry Super Highway Awards for the category of “Favorite Featured Poet.”

I am also listed in the Directory at Poets & Writers (www.pw.org):  founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.  P&W’s Directory lists names, addresses, publication credits, and upcoming events for 9,585 authors.

I have also accepted the opportunity to organize and manage the Hogtown Poetry Festival, a brand-new, annual Florida poetry event.  On Friday, June 13, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m., and ending on Sunday, June 15th at 12 noon, event location(s) to be announced, I am hereby calling all Florida poets to submit their most authentic work to the first annual Hogtown Poetry Festival, a weekend-long event, filled with readings & workshops & a poetry contest featuring a cash prize of $1,000, sponsored by an anonymous beneficiary of the Gatorade Trust established by Dr. Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade and lover of poetry.  Special events for teen poets!  Please go to URL:  hogtownpoetryfestival.com for further updates, as they become available.

60 responses to “who i am and what i do

  1. Khaula Nazir


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  2. Khaula Nazir

    Sent it!


  3. Dear Ms. Palmer: I see you are friends with Paula Brancato, who knows me. I am also legally trained and write poetry. I won the poetry prize at the Harvard Club of Silcon Valley public reading a couple of years back, and also write poems which are technically or scientifically based, with a high degree of classical allusion, as I am trained as a life sciences patent attorney and know latin and ancient greek,. I must say, your poetry is excellent, precise, and reminds me very much of Marianne Moore, who was very much the finest poet of the 20th century.

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  4. PS i have a younger brother who runs the screenwriting workshop at the harvard club in NYC who is a graduate of the Tisch school at NYU and is a mcl grad of Harvard. he has some projects in development in LA. I myself did entertainment law for fifteen years (along with IP law) before going over to biotech full time.

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  5. Niobe Vidal

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  7. Nelson

    4th generation attorney …… that’s more than a family tradition

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  9. Kimberly, I congratulate you on your journey. Do you have any advise maybe not for a fledgeling poet, but a fledgeling published poet? I’ve had work only published once in My Pet Place Magazine’s last printing and closing periodical. I have been wondering for some time now, how does one start to get noticed? Where do you begin to start submitting material? It has to start somewhere, but where? 🙂

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  28. Hey there Newbie Spikey!
    (for your info, a Spikey is the term for folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    I wanted to catch up and say “thank you… I really appreciate your ‘follow’ as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.”

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

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  32. Anonymous

    Are there many poetry lawyers? Or is it lawyer poets? I think a “poetry lawyer” is a better description! Do you have a book out???


  33. You have a very interesting blog! Thanks for being part of mine!

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  34. Brock Suhgate

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  38. Kudos! You are a very busy and prolific writer. Congratulaions are in order. 🙂

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  39. This is a note of thanks for all the time you’ve spent on my blogs, and especially for the attention you’ve been good enough to pay older posts. As a fellow writer (and a highly talented one), you know how attached we grow to the work we generate. Whether labored over word by word or scribbled down in the heat of the moment, these pieces are in some sense our children. Like children, they are in the end sent out into the world, to stand or fall on their own merit. Thank you for giving mine such a kind reception.


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  40. I have been very glad to read your work — I find it inspiring! You are very intellectually thoughtful & logical, you are not afraid to tackle the most serious of subjects, and you discuss faith & spiritual matters with reverence. Thank YOU.

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  41. Anonymous

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  43. your poetry is superb. thank you for liking my blog

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  44. Abigail Chassaniol

    Do you write anything in French? Would you be interested in seeing a translation of some of your work?

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  45. Nelle Pathwin

    Very good statement of purpose and intent. So you’re a lawyer, too? Do you love to debate everyone on everything????

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  46. Bartrand Tokenscki

    Where can I get your work in e-book or print? If not available, think: have you thought of finding a publisher?

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