cropped-picture-for-portfolio-1.jpgHi, there. Thank you for visiting my page! I hope you will stay a while and explore. Here’s a bit about myself and my work:

I am an academic and creative writer who recently graduated with an M.A. in English Literature. I have previously taught composition courses as an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York, and I currently teach creative and essay writing workshops at a literacy nonprofit.

In my own writing, I mainly focus on nonfiction and short stories. I am most interested in exploring stories about sexual trauma and anxiety and how they can affect relationships both with the self and with others. I am the founder and editor-in-chief of POD.DRALAND, a blog focused on women’s voices in and through media. Each week, I provide weekly women-led podcast episode recommendations, along with monthly features of up-and-coming women podcasters.

Recently, I was interviewed on the Imperfectly Phenomenal Woman podcast about the Me Too movement, how it still needs to grow, and how we need to change the language in our discourse around it. My fiction can be read in Luna Luna Magazine and some other blog content can be found in New York School Talk, where I share my experiences and thoughts as a writing instructor to kids and teens from all over New York City.

In my academic work, I have extensively researched trauma theory, critical race theory, and ecocriticism.  My thesis, “Reframing as Reclamation: Trauma Theory, African Spiritualism, and Ecocriticism in Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing,” combines these theories in a deep analysis of generational trauma in the African American community. Other areas of interest twentieth-century American literature and modernist literature, narratives of illness, and feminist theory.

Truthfully, I would rather not so severely distinguish between the creative and the academic, though in the professional world they tend to exist in separate realms. I find both to be fun, significant, and a transferable form to explore what is important to me and to others.