Hi there! I’m a writer and teacher of secondary and higher education, specializing in English and American literature, philosophy and debate. After a decade as an environmental and travel journalist, I began teaching traditional and adult college students at several NJ colleges, including Drew University. In 2015, I shifted to secondary education, where I teach AP & Honors English (11 & 12).
I adore what I do. I love helping students become better communicators and connect with own shared humanity through literature. I’ve also written three books for the young adult educational market. My creative work has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Spike Magazine, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and Yankee Magazine, where it received “best of year” recognition. And now, what the heck, I’m currently working on a novel.
I have my MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where I was incredibly fortunate to study with Billy Collins, Gerald Stern, Marie Howe and the late Thomas Lux.
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my two teenagers, gardening, caring for a century-old home, passengering in a Mooney M20 (flight lessons as a longer-term goal), writing, cooking, and learning Portuguese and ukulele–both very slowly!