Writer and Educator
Writer and Educator
I am a writer and educator living in Chicago. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in English, Creative Writing and History. While living in the shocking Nevada desert, I also taught writing to college kids, served as the Graduate Writing Program Assistant Coordinator, founded and curated the NeonLit reading series and ran various collaborative art projects. I write fiction and for performance, though other funny little things sometimes leak out.
I've had the opportunity to live on four continents in beautiful, fascinating cities and have a background in violence intervention and community organizing. With a focus on communication, non-traditional classrooms and nurturing creativity, I've worked as an educator, program developer and curriculum designer for a wide range of learners, from refugees learning language and culture to senior citizens learning computers. Supporting skill-building with health care providers is a special interest and talent.
My creative works, for the stage, page and gallery walls include:
The Camel. Action Fiction. 2017
Persephone or It Won't Be Summer until You Go to Your Room. San Francisco Olympians Festival. 2016
Psamathe. Performance Review, San Francisco Olympians Festival. 2015
Rashad Sees the Future. Aduna, 2015.
A Minium Wage Worker’s Bedtime Prayer. theEEEL. 2014.
Holy Palmer. Adirondack Review. 2014.
And with Such Great Effort to Achieve. Manchester Review.2013.
To Receive My Services You Must Be Dying and Alone. Indiana Review. 2013.
Why We Take Our Children West and Everything I Know. (with visual artist Andreana Donahue) 10x10 Invitational Exhibition. Vegas Valley Book Festival. 2012.
Downlands. SPECS Journal. 2011.
Construct. (with visual artist Brent Sommerhauser), Meridians (with visual artist Lindsay
Berg), Sylvia (with visual artist Andreana Donahue). I Hope You Are Feeling Better
Collaborative Exhibition. 2011.
I have years of experience teaching and designing curriculum. The majority of my work has focused on writing and communication. I enjoy working in non-traditional educational environments and focus creating on student-centered, active, supportive, collaborative and creative spaces. I have had the opportunity to work with places like The Escapery (non-traditional creative writing workshops), UNLV (writing and creative writing), JVS San Francisco (intensive communications training for return-to-work medical assistants and other individuals) and many other really delightful places.
Working with you:
I also provide 1:1 writing coaching for people who want support in developing their craft. I offer specifically designed exercises, critique, support, editing and, for those who find it helpful, deadlines. Please reach out if you are interested in having a bit more inspiration and support for your writing. We can make a plan. I'll send you an exercise. The first one is free.
Also. I write a heck of a wedding toast.
"That's the best toast I've ever heard." --caterer at a wedding in reference to a toast I gave.
A few other exciting projects that I'm working on:
Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org