BA, University of Vermont
MA, Sonoma State University
I was born in Tokyo, raised in Louisiana, and schooled in Vermont before landing in California 12 years ago. I teach English at both Sonoma State and SRJC, which is (awesomely) within biking distance of my house. When I'm not teaching or grading, I'm reading the Berenstain Bear books to my 3 year-old daughter, trying out a new recipe, organizing my desk drawers, or working on my warrior pose. My desire to see every corner of the globe has led me to 25 countries so far. I___ЕЅ█А_К__Ѕ█А_К____Л______ынЅ█А_К____Л____Ѕ█А_К__ve done outdoor aerobics in Bangkok, scaled the jungle to reach Machu Picchu, dined with pink pelicans in Turkey, and survived the month of July in Cuba.
Professional Areas of Interest:
Class and Inequality
Journalism, Creative Nonfiction, and Memoir
Gender Identity, Hyper-masculinity, and Feminism
Presentations and Publications:
Writing is my passion and, occasionally, my bread and butter. For several years I freelanced for the local alt-weekly the Bohemian, where I wrote mostly about food and parenting and even interviewed cool folks like Joel Salatin, T.C. Boyle, and (gasp!) Weird Al Yankovic.
I've also penned essays for Superstition Review, Mothering.com, Hipmama.com, Recess Magazine, Fractured West, Prick of the Spindle, Fwriction Review, Mutha Magazine, Brain, Child Magazine online, Hobo Camp Review, The Whistling Fire, Shareable.com, Cobalt Review, and others. My essay "Cuba Libre" won a silver award from Traveler's Tales and "A Hot Night in Hat Yai" was named the Story of the Month at Long Story Short.