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.
First Place, 2020 New Millenium Award for Flash Fiction
First Place, Prime Number Magazine 2019 Award for Short Fiction
Necessary Fiction, June 2019
Conjunctions, Spring 2014
Ninth Letter Arts & Literary Journal, Fall/Winter 2013-14
Storyglossia, August 2011
Check out this short documentary for a peek inside my comic writing workshop for kids.
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.
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.