1033 Tyler Street
Hollywood, FL 33019
Ph.D.: University of South Carolina
Areas of Specialization: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British
Dissertation: “My Relations Act with Me as My Enemies”: Domestic
Violence as Metaphor, 1794-1850
M.A.: University of South Carolina
Thesis: More than a Stereotype: Women in Ulysses
B.A.: Newberry College, Newberry, SC
Majors: English and Sociology
Broward College, 2013-present
Adjunct instructor, teaching a variety of online English and Literature classes.
City College, 2015—2016
I created curriculum and taught classes.
The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, 2002-2012
In addition to teaching a variety of first year English classes as full-time college faculty, I’ve developed and taught a series of Creative Writing classes: Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetry Workshop, Fiction Workshop, Creative Writing Using the Visual Arts, The Image and the Word, and Scriptwriting for Game Art Design.
Florida Atlantic University, 2001-2002
As an adjunct instructor, I taught British Romanticism, British Literature
1832-1867, British Literature 1867-1914, and Writing for Management.
University of Miami, 2000-2001
As a Semester Lecturer, I taught both halves of the British Literature
Survey classes and both halves of the American Literature Survey classes.
Nova Southeastern University, 1999-2001
Adjunct instructor, first year composition
Broward Community College, 1998-2000
Adjunct instructor, developmental and first year composition, and
Professional and Technical Writing
Lynn University, 2000
Adjunct instructor, first year composition
University of Miami, 1999
Adjunct instructor, first year composition
Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC, 1992-1998
South Carolina uses the term “technical college” for all of its two year,
community colleges; Trident Technical College is one of the state’s
largest two year schools. While there, I taught English 100 (the bridge class between developmental classes and English 101), English 101(Composition) and 102 (Introduction to Literature), the two halves of British Literature Survey Classes, Technical Writing, Creative Writing and World Literature.
University of South Carolina, 1988-1992
Graduate instructor, 101, 102
Midlands Technical College, 1989-1992
Adjunct instructor, 100,101, 102, last half of the British Survey class
Director of Education, City College, Hollywood campus, 2016-present.
Coordinator, Humanities and Communications, The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. 2012-2016.
Chair, The Department of General Education, The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, 2010-present. when department was split into two, and 2 positions created (title changed to Coordinator).
Interim Chair, The Department of General Education, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. December 2009-January 2010.
Assistant Chair, The Department of General Education, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Responsible for assisting the Chair in all dimensions: shaping policy, evaluating faculty, overseeing curriculum, interacting with students, and scheduling. 2007-2009.
“Penelope at the Loom: Mythology and the Modern Workplace in the Poetry of Twenty-first Century Women.” Women Versed in Myth: Essays on Modern Poets. Eds. Colleen S. Harris and Valerie Estelle Frankel. McFarland, 2016.
“‘Elegant Economy’: Narratives of Community in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford.” Narratives of Community: Women’s Short Story Sequences. Ed. Roxanne Harde. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.
Life in the Holocene Extinction. Finishing Line Press, 2016.
I Stand Here Shredding Documents. Finishing Line Press, 2011.
Whistling Past the Graveyard. Top 10 Finalist in the National Looking Glass Poetry Chapbook Competition. Pudding House Publications. 2004.
Chapbook Manuscript Honors:
Life in the Holocene Extinction, First Runner-Up, Concrete Wolf Publishers annual chapbook contest, 2014.
Safety Pin Sisterhood. semi-finalist, Concrete Wolf Publishers annual chapbook contest, 2010.
The Archangels of Destruction Retire, finalist, Split Oak Press Annual Chapbook Contest, 2010.
The Archangels of Destructions Retire, semi-finalist, Concrete Wolf Publishers annual chapbook contest, 2009.
Precious Nature of Junk, semi-finalist, Concrete Wolf Publishers annual chapbook contest, 2007.
Dismantling the Fallout Shelter, top ten finalist, The Ledge journal’s annual chapbook contest, 2005.
Dismantling the Fallout Shelter, top five finalist, The Ledge journal’s annual chapbook contest, 2004.
Individual Creative Works:
Over 200 individual creative works published in (or forthcoming in) the following periodicals and journals:
My poem, “Heaven on Earth,” was the featured poem for May 11, 2007 for National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac, broadcast nationwide.
My poem, “Ash Wednesday at the Trinity Test Site,” was chosen as the featured poem for December 2006 on the website of The Ledge.
Haiku and Student Assessment. Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges Conference. July 2017.
Using Haiku to Assess Student Learning. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Faculty Development Workshops. January 2015.
Creativity Across the Life Span (symposium participant). The Society for the Study of Human Development Annual Conference, November 2013.
Blogging as Art Form and as Tool. Create in Me Conference, April, 2012.
Life on Mars: Poet Children of Scientists Consider the Cosmos. College English Association, March 2012.
Gingerbread Office Buildings and Big Bad Wolves: The Use of Fairy Tales in Twentieth Century Poetry by Women. College English Association Conference, 2011.
Keeping a Spiritual Journal. Create in Me Conference, 2007.
Running from the Plantation of Despair. Society of Early Americanists Conference, 2005.
Exquisite Corpse: Using the Subconscious and Surreal in Creative Writing Practice. Create in Me Conference, 2004.
Butterflies and Poets: Julia Alvarez’s Female Human Rights Crusaders. Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference, 2001.
Gerty’s Romance Reading: Popular Culture and the Adolescent Woman. 2001: A Joyce Odyssey Conference, 2001.
“There Is No End to What a Living World Will Demand of You”: Octavia Butler’s Female Saviors. International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts,1999.
The Shaky Ground Beneath Us: Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower. The Ground Together: Assessing the Culture as We Approach the Millennium Conference, 1998.
“To Heal What Is Split in the World”: Gail Godwin and the Politics of Care. American Culture Association Conference, 1998.
Of Bean Trees and Rhizobia: Literature, Theory, and Responsibility in Barbara Kingsolver’s Work. South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, 1997.
“Flesh Joined with Plaster”: Kindred as a Metaphor for the Writer’s Life. American Women Writers of Color Conference, 1997.
Internationalizing Creative Writing. Bringing Internationalization Home: A Conference on Classroom Strategies, 1997.
“A New Means of Violence and Suffering”: Fagin’s Dysfunctional Family. The Philological Association of the Carolinas Conference, 1997.
“How come we have to read this foreign stuff?”: Teaching World Literature to First Generation College Students at the Introduction to Composition Level. Transitions: A Conference on World Literature, 1996.
Making a Way Out of No Way: Octavia Butler’s Dystopia. University of South Carolina System-Wide Women’s Studies Conference, 1996.
Drained Hearts: Jane Eyre and the Dynamics of Power. Fifth Annual Conference on 18th- and 19th-century British Women Writers, 1996.
Frankenstein Revisited: Marge Piercy’s He, She, and It: Popular Culture Association National Convention, 1995.
Radical Revisions of Reality: Early Documentation of Domestic Violence. Violence and Violation in Women’s Lives Conference, 1995.
Domestic Violence as Metaphor: The Early British Gothic Novel. Popular Culture Association National Convention, 1994.
Using Foreign Films in the Composition Classroom. Southeastern Conference on English in the Two-Year College, 1994.
The Shift from Blame to Compassion: Two Literary Pioneers. University of South Carolina System-Wide Women’s Studies Conference, 1993.
“Diabolical Violence”: Intergenerational Abuse in Wuthering Heights. Philological Association of the Carolinas Conference, 1993.
Female Victims of Domestic Violence 1790-1850: A Look at Different Treatments by Male and Female Authors. College Language Association Convention, 1992.
Bloomless Autumn: Domestic Violence in The Bluest Eye. Philological Association of the Carolinas Conference, 1992.
“We Wretches Cannot Tell Our Wrong”: Fallen Women in Gaskell, Barrett Browning, and Rossetti. University of South Carolina System-Wide Women’s Studies Conference, 1992.
Domestic Violence in Oliver Twist. University of South Carolina System-Wide Women’s Studies Conference, 1991.
An Early Portrait of Patriarchy: The Cenci. University of South Carolina System-Wide Women’s Studies Conference, 1990.
Social Media Coordinator. Create in Me: Art and Faith Conference, 2016-present.
Conference Coordinator. Create in Me: Art and Faith Conference, 2010-2014.