In 2004, I graduated with an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Idaho, Moscow. During my graduate studies, I forged lasting relationships with my colleague Tina Mitchell and my thesis advisor Ivan Castaneda. Together we developed the nonprofit organization im-possible, founded by Ivan in 2013. im-possible is a deeply ambitious design think tank and policy-driven research institution that supports and facilitates innovative theoretical and achievable design solutions to concrete problems necessitated by our posthuman condition. In 2015, Tina and I co-founded The Turnip Truck(s): an im-possible publication, for which I am now Poetry Editor. As a transdisciplinary forum for discourse, The Turnip Truck(s) is an evolving graphic landscape for essayists, poets, artists, cultural theorists, critics and commentators who are interested in the dialectics of the human and its environment(s).
Originally from Southern California, I now live in New Orleans, LA, where I am an Assistant Professor of English at Delgado Community College. In addition to serving as Chair of American Sign Language Studies, ESL & Foreign Language, I teach writing and literature, and I have spearheaded a campus-wide effort to implement Writing Across the Curriculum.
As a poet, professor, and photographer, I am interested in the role that language plays in mapping place, in designing culture and identity. I am interested in how the body and mind make meaning, and how, then, we manifest that meaning not only as utterance but also as image and architecture that people cross borders to witness. For me, language is the first tool of design, and I am drawn to the nebulous space beneath it from which infinite possibilities can emerge.