As a Bay Area fiction writer and educator, I've spent the past seventeen years teaching creative writing to both kids and college students. My work with adult learners has been as an instructor in a degree program designed for veterans, many of whom struggle with PTSD and/or traumatic brain injuries. With youth, my work has been in public school settings, most recently as a San Francisco WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence at a school that serves San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. In my role there, I lead comic and graphic novel writing workshops for third, fourth and fifth grade English language learners. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and my fiction has appeared or in Conjunctions, West Branch, Ninth Letter and other journals. My short story, "Wild Kingdom," won first prize in the 2019 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Short Fiction.
MEMBER, INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS
Intersection for the Arts is a bedrock Bay Area arts nonprofit that provides people working in arts and culture with fiscal sponsorship and resources to grow.
Check out this short documentary for a peek inside my writing workshop.
MENTOR TEXT UNITS
Designed to integrate into a writing workshop, and built around a middle grade novel, graphic novel, poetry collection and/or film, each unit challenges students to read as writers and experiment with a mentor author’s techniques in their own works in progress.
I partnered with KQED Education to consult on the creation of Making Digital Comics, an online course for teachers available on KQED Teach, a series of professional learning opportunities focused on media literacy.
Visit KQED’s ed blog, In the Classroom for articles I wrote about incorporating tech tools into a language arts classroom.