TEACHING / PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
- Red Rocks Community College, 2017-current. Courses taught: (English 121) English Composition
- Metro State University, 2017-current. Courses taught: English 1010 (English Composition, Exploring Arguments)
- Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 2015-2017. Courses taught: CWRT 1061: Living Writers (Revision Workshop for Creative Writing Majors), CWRT 3916: The World Novel, and ENG 0500 and 0501 English Precursors to Writing Composition I and II (developmental college writing classes)
- Central New Mexico Community College, 2015-2017. Courses taught: English 1101 (Writing and Composition)
- Santa Fe Community College, 2016. Courses taught: English 094 (remedial reading and writing)
- Old Dominion University, 2011-2015. Courses taught and offered: ENG 110 (First-Year Composition), 211 (Argument and Research), 112 (Enjoying Literature), 114 (American Literature), English 352 (Poetry Workshop), FLET 101 (Foreign Literature in English Translation)
COMMUNITY CREATIVE WRITING INSTRUCTOR
- The Muse Writing Center (2012-2015) Classes at this non-profit writing center are small-scale and intimate, with a focus on the creative writing workshop. Classes cater to a diverse body of learners in an environment that is non-academic, yet encouraging to the development of all writers. Ongoing volunteer for various community functions such as off-site writing meet-ups and fund raisers. Proposed and created the following courses: Introduction to Poetry; Meditation for Writers; The Body in Poetry; Writing the Wild, a workshop immersed in nature at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation in Portsmouth, Virginia; Gay on The Page: Writing the LGBT Experience; Teen Writers Multi-Genre Workshops; How-To: Submit to Magazines and Literary Journals.
- Old Dominion University (2010) Assisted professor with a large online class of upper level literature and writing students; managed the online discussion board; graded essays/writing samples and provided individual feedback; observed conferences with students, and assisted the professor with planning/implementation of content.
- Writing Tutor for Red Rocks Community College Writing Center, 2018
- Writing Tutor for Old Dominion University Writing Tutorial Services, 2010-2011
FEATURED AND ORGANIZED
- The Lesbian Body (organized and introduced readers)
- Writer’s Resist Santa Fe (co-organizer and featured reader), 2016
- AWP Off-site in LA 2015
- Old Dominion University’s Annual Literary Festival: The Hungry Heart is Telling You, 2014
- (post-literary festival interview in Barely South Review)
- Book release party and reading with Lucian Mattison, 2012
- Various readings at Muse Writers Center, Norfolk, VA, 2012-2015
- MFA Reading Series at Borjo Coffeehouse, Norfolk, VA, 2009-2013
- ODU Women’s Studies Love Your Body Day, 2011
- ODU International Studies and Women’s Studies Africa Day, 2011
- Guest Editor, Sinister Wisdom issue 106: The Lesbian Body. Sinister Wisdom 106: The Lesbian Body maps the body through poems, prose, essays, and stories. The Lesbian Body navigates elegance, vulnerability, and endurance found in the flesh. These poems and narratives connect bodies and how lesbians live through them; they express how lesbian bodies become both literal expressions of a truly lived life and the ground metaphor for lesbian being. Sinister Wisdom106: The Lesbian Body documents how struggles, interactions, and words shape the relationship lesbians have with their bodies and physical selves.
- Poetry Editor, Spring 2013-Summer 2015, The Quotable
- Co-Founder and Poetry Editor, 2009-2012, Barely South Review
- Editor for science-fiction novel: Prism by Thomas Trask
BOARD MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, AND GRANTS ADMINISTRATOR
- Board Member, Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Arts Journal. Also served as volunteer social media editor and general volunteer for the journal and foundation—the longest running lesbian literary arts journal once run by Adrienne Rich and Michelle Cliff, along with other historically important lesbian literary activists.
- Grants Administrator, The Money For Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc., (2015) Managed grant applications and the smooth running of the application and judging process. During each grant cycle, organized the manuscripts through Submittable and assigned manuscripts to various judges/authors. Insured communication with judges, authors, and applicants. Responded compassionately to women who submitted to the grant cycle and were not selected. Wrote and promoted awards notes and newsletters. Posted notices of approaching deadlines for the next cycle of grants in appropriate places, to attract qualified applicants. Updated database with information regarding applicants and donors, and used social media to promote and share fund news and awardee information.
- Red Rocks Community College, 2017—The Power of Personal Narratives. The personal narrative/memoir is an excellent first assignment for first-year composition courses for multifaceted reasons. Students gain confidence in their writing skills quickly when they are encouraged and supported to tell true stories about their own lives. As the instructor and cheerleader, I use this assignment to introduce lots of low-stakes writing and sharing that helps build community in the classroom right away. We talk directly and openly about the writing process, how to reduce anxiety around writing by exploring the inner world, and how personal narratives are about connecting with human stories to find community and grow empathy as global citizens. This expands to explore rhetorical principles as they discover their stories have an audience and that audience is hungry to relate to their purpose. At the close of the assignment, students are asked to reflect upon the rhetorical principles of the genre, define their own writing process, and to begin looking at story as a tool that can be implemented and shifted to begin exploring writing that informs and persuades.
- AWP Los Angeles, 2016. Organized and ran the Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night's Press table at the book fair as an exhibitor; spoke on two panels in the place of Julie R. Enszer:
- Queertopia or Bust: Thoughts on Intersectional Queer Poetics. (Jason Schneiderman, Rickey Laurentiis, Julie Enszer, Viet Le, Trace Peterson) “Queer” emerged in the 1990s as an activist formation that challenged liberal politics and became the preferred term in academia for everyone who was not straight or normatively gendered. The inclusivity of “queer” has been contested by those who felt instrumentalized or excluded by the term. Though it continues to be useful as a rubric (and easier to say than “LGBTQIA”), is queer really working, and for whom? Four poet-editors discuss their experience at the intersections of queer identity.
- 40th Anniversary Celebration of Calyx and Sinister Wisdom. (Jenny Factor, Jean Hegland, Brenna Crotty, Julie R. Enszer) Two venerable feminist publications celebrate their 40th anniversary of publishing in 2015. Calyx, a twice-yearly feminist journal that celebrates the excellence and diversity of women’s literature and art, and Sinister Wisdom, a quarterly multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, continue to publish vital new voices building on their long publishing history. Join the editors to celebrate both journals and the broad contributions of Calyx and Sinister Wisdom to feminist publishing.
- Old Dominion University’s Department of Women’s Studies/Friends of Women’s Studies Works in Progress 2014 A Regional Interdisciplinary Conference of Feminist Scholarship (Let the Body Beg)
TRAVEL AND SERVICE LEARNING
- Dakar, Senegal, 2012. Women’s Studies/International Studies Departments, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. I created reflective poetry and essays to promote ODU Study Abroad courses to the wider university; utilized field research in Africa to apply global pedagogies and greater global awareness in university writing programs; contributed to high-level academic and activism-related discussions with various nongovernmental organizations and local political and cultural leaders; gained a strong desire to promote peace through intercultural relations both at home and in the world.
- Cape Town, South Africa, 2011 Women’s Studies/International Studies Departments, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. I promoted ODU to the alumni community through an essay published in The Scrivener; contributed to promotion of ODU Study Abroad Programs through poetry readings at Africa Day; facilitated poetry and writing workshops in an underprivileged South African high school; conducted interviews and contributed to studies in South Africa on both Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) and the Cape Town refugee population.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Several Pushcart Prize nominations
- 2nd place Split This Rock’s 2012 Poetry Contest judged by poet Mark Doty
- Red Rocks Community College Accessibility Training and Accessible Course Creation
NON-ACADEMIC BUT (VERY!) RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
- YOGA AND MEDITATION INSTRUCTOR. RYT 200+ yoga teacher specializing in yin yoga, a very slow, alignment and breath-based vinyasa flow, some prenatal yoga, and workshops combining creative writing, meditation, and slow yoga. Additional training in meditation, practical yoga philosophy and adaptation to everyday life, and transparency training with Anna Pittman.
- SERVICE INDUSTRY. Restaurant server and bartender for fine-dining, local food-loving establishments with big focuses on good wine and spirits (since 2001).
- A note on non-academic work: working in the service industry, quite often with joy and a deep love for genuine service and beautiful food and drink, that allows me to explore how to best meet people’s needs and offer them an full experience while guiding them through, yes, a rhetorical performance of sorts, has rounded out my love of teaching. I feel this influence in the classroom, and as someone who was born poor and working class but also slides in between classes because of service and my academic and creative drives, I have a world of experience in which to relate and express through teaching and community. It took me some time to see how this is important to the classroom—expect my research and pedagogy to be informed by this.
And yoga is a problematic, but powerful discipline, like most things. I struggle with the appropriation and commodity of it—the access and the commercialization—and am aware this is another kind of colonization happening in the West. However, I’ve had incredible teachers who take care of people and the practice, who know about the body and use the practice to meet people where they are, to offer mindfulness and mind-body connection in a way that translates across classes, races, sexualities, genres, and experiences. I use this in my own life and teaching to both see students as whole beings, meeting them in their own spaces, and to also create classrooms that are both rigorous and grounded, spacious, comfortable with silence, thinking, interplay, and process-based learning. I also believe the body is the ground metaphor for everything we know, and because of this, I am building a body-based poetics and pedagogy.