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As a Bay Area fiction writer and educator, I've spent the past eighteen years teaching creative writing to kids, college students, and adults. 


With youth, my work has been in public school settings, most recently as a San Francisco WritersCorps Writer in Residence at a school that serves the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood, where I lead comic and graphic novel writing workshops to elementary school 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. I currently serve as a writing mentor in the PEN Prison Writing Program. 


I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and my fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, West Branch, Ninth Letter and other journals. My story, "Excelsior," won first place in the 50th New Millennium Award for Flash Fiction, and my story, "Wild Kingdom," won first prize in the 2019 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Short Fiction.

 
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West Branch Wired

 

Writing

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First Place, 2020 New Millenium Award for Flash Fiction

First Place, Prime Number Magazine 2019 Award for Short Fiction

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Necessary Fiction, June 2019

Conjunctions, Spring 2014

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Ninth Letter Arts & Literary Journal, Fall/Winter 2013-14

Impossible Object

Storyglossia, August 2011

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2020 Webcomic

Screenwriting

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Workshop Tour

 
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Check out this short documentary for a peek inside my comic writing workshop for kids.

 
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Curriculum Design

 
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College Course Guides

Multimedia course guides for adult learners in my creative writing and literature classes.

CREATIVE WRITING

INTRO TO LITERATURE

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Mentor Text Units

For a sense of my approach to teaching craft and revision in my workshops for young writers, preview my literature study units on TeachersPayTeachers, or click here to see an example in its entirety. 

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. 

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Professional Development

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.

Student Portfolio

Click the cover images below to read student-authored digital comics on my class's online literary journal, Room2Ruminations.

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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.