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Curriculum Vitae



2012   Goddard College, MFA in Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction

            Thesis: Mirror Box, Creative Nonfiction.  Elena Georgiou, advisor

            Teaching Practicum: Rebecca Brown, advisor


2005   Wayne State University, BA in Honors English, minor in Women’s Studies

            Honors Thesis: Evidence, Creative Nonfiction. Carla Harryman, advisor.





Teaching, Mentoring, and Academics


2019 - Present  Faculty

                            First-Year Writing Program

                            Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

                            The New School

                            New York, NY 

2016-2018   Curriculum Specialist

                      Principal Writer, CUNY/NYSED CareerKit Project

                      Language and Literacy Programs

                      The Research Foundation of the City University of New York

                      New York, NY

2013-2016   Reading and Writing Instructor                      

                      CUNY Start

                      Borough of Manhattan Community College

                      The City University of New York                  

                      New York, NY


2011             Creative Writing Instructor

                      Oakland Public Library

                      MFA Teaching Practicum 

                      Oakland, CA

2009             Creative Writing Instructor

                      United for Success Academy

                      Oakland, CA


2007-2010   Program Director

                      Extended Day Program

                      United for Success Academy 

                      Oakland, CA


2008-2009   Student Advisor 

                     United for Success Academy

                     Oakland, CA

2004-2005   Tutor

                      English Composition, Analytical Writing, Reading Comprehension


                      Detroit, MI


2004             Creative Writing Instructor, Life Skills Mentor

                      Alternatives for Girls

                      Detroit, MI



Related Professional Experience


2020             Curriculum Specialist 

                      Hats and Ladders, Inc.

                      New York, NY

2017-2019   Vision and Strategy Group  (Founding Member)

                      The Adoption Museum Project 

                      History Initiative 


2011–2013  Program Specialist, Curriculum Consultant, Grant Writer, Social Media Coordinator

                      MOUSE Squad of California

                      South San Francisco, CA. 


2011-2012   Cross-Genre/Hybrid Editor

                      The Pitkin Review

                      Plainfield, VT


2004-2005   Co-founder, Co-Editor

                      Radical Detroit: A Journal of Political and Cultural Resistance

                      Detroit, MI


2004-2005   Counselor 

                      Transition to Independent Living Program 

                      Alternatives for Girls

                      Detroit, MI


2004             Counselor for LGBTQ Homeless Youth

                      Ruth Ellis House

                      Detroit, MI


2003-2004   Program Coordinator 

                      Sexuality and Gender Advocacy Project

                      Alternatives for Girls

                      Detroit, MI



Courses Taught

2020             LFYW 2000, Writing the Essay III: Creative Inquiry

2020             LFYW 1000, Writing the Essay I: Dreaming Care

2019-2020   LFYW 1500, Writing the Essay II: Reproductive Freedom and  the Family


Selected Original Workshops


2016             Memoir/Anti-Memoir

                      Online Course 

2016             Unthinkable Creatures, Unruly Bodies

                      Online Course

2012             Writing in the House of Difference 

                      Faculty and Student Training

                      Goddard College

                      Plainfield, VT


2011             Soma(tic) Poetry for Activists

                      Occupy Oakland

                      Oakland, CA

2011             Writing the Body Poetic

                      Oakland Public Library

                      Oakland, CA





2020, '21      Faculty Advisor

                     Dean's Honors Symposium

                     Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

                     The New School

                     New York, NY

2008-2010  Faculty Advisor

                     Gay Straight Alliance

                     United for Success Academy

                     Oakland, CA


2008-2009  Co-facilitator

                     Girls Therapy Group

                     United for Success Academy

                     Oakland, CA


2007-2010  School Climate and Culture Committee

                     United for Success Academy

                     Oakland, CA


2003            Street Outreach Volunteer

                     Alternatives For Girl 

                     Detroit, MI





2017             Notable Essay, Best American Essays (edited by Leslie Jamison) 

2017             Nominee, Best of the Net 

2012             Nominee, Pushcart Prize

2012             Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Writer Fellowship

2012             Nominee, Jackson, Phelan, and Tanenbaum Literary Awards, The San Francisco Foundation

2011-12       Spirit of Goddard Scholarship

2005            Cum Laude with Honors, Wayne State University

2003-05       Joseph and Mary E. Yelda Endowed Merit Scholarship in English (three year, full tuition)

2002             Board of Governors Scholarship

2002             Albert Feigenson Music/English Scholarship

2002             Michigan Competitive Scholarship





2018    Rivendell Writers Colony

2017    Vermont Studio Center

2017    Sundress Academy for the Arts 

2012    Lambda Literary Foundation Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices







2012    Split, Unthinkable Creatures Chapbook Press (hybrid nonfiction)


Books In Progress:


What We Lost (creative nonfiction)


The Missing (poetry)

Prose in Books, Journals, Websites, and Magazines:


2018   "A Hunger for Truth and a Taste for Toppings: A Conversation with Eileen G'Sell," The Fan Zine,

2017   "Adoption is a Feminist Issue: But Not For the Reasons You Think," The Establishment,

    Reprinted in syndication on HuffPost, and Role Reboot,

2017   "This Morning I Woke Wet With Grief," Dear Adoption, 

2016   "What We Lost: Undoing the Fairytale Narrative of Adoption," The Rumpus,

2015    "In Some Darker Place," The Writer in the World,


2013    from Split, Jupiter 88, #257,


2012    “The Way a Family Can Be Built,” Loved Lettered.


2012    “Gestation,” make/shift magazine, Issue 11


2006    “The Silence That Surrounds: Queer Sexual Violence and Why We’re Not Talking,” We Don’t Need Another Wave:        

              Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists, Seal Press 


2005    from Evidence, Wayne Literary Review, Issue


2005    from Evidence, The F-Word Zine, Issue


2004    “This is Self Defense,” Radical Detroit: A Journal of Political and Cultural Resistance, Issue 1



Poetry in Books, Journals, and Magazines:


2015  "3 Poems," HOLD: A Journal, Issue 1 


2014  "3 Poems," The Feminist Wire.




2014    "I See Your Dreams Coming True: Venzella Joy Williams on Touring with Beyoncé," Tom Tom Magazine, Issue 19


2014     "Alassandra Sbrana of Skinflint," Tom Tom Magazine, Issue 17


2005      “An Interview with Dyann Logwood, Co-Creator of HUES Magazine,” The F-Word Zine, Issue 2



July 2020                     "Dream-Mapping Adoption and Foster Care Abolition," Conference session co-presented at the Allied                                        Media Conference (virtual)

October 2018            "We Are Really Straight: LGBTQ Adoption and the Homo-normative Family Romance," Paper

                                      presented at the Conference of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture, Oakland, CA.

October 2018            "Adoption and Reproductive Justice," talk given at the Concerned United Birthparents Retreat, Tampa,


September 2017       Queer/Trans/National Adoption Politics: An Adoptee Roundtable, Center for LGBTQ Studies, The CUNY                                             Graduate Center, New York, NY, Organizer and Panelist 

August 2017              Family Matters Roundtable,  Woodhull Foundation Sexual Freedom Summit, Washington D.C., Panelist

July 2017                     AdopteesOn Podcast,, Featured Guest 

April 2017                   Yes/And: Adoptee Writers on Intersectional Trauma and Identity, American Adoption Congress      

                                     Conference, Atlanta, GA, Panelist. 

April 2017                    826NYC, Brooklyn, NY, Featured Reader 

March 2017                 For Opacity: Visceral Poetics Now, Poetry Symposium, St. Marks Poetry Project, New                                                                           York, NY,  Featured Reader

February 2017            Fairweather Reading Series, Casa Libre, Tucson, AZ, Featured Reader

February 2017            Indiana Adoptee Network News Podcast,                                

                            , Featured Guest

November 2015         Lambda Literary Foundation Alumni Reading, Center for Lesbian and Gay                                              

                                      Studies, The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, Featured Reader


October 2015              Bluestockings Books, New York, NY, Featured Reader


May 2015                     Open-Toe Peepshow: a Queer Art Salon, New York, NY, Featured



April 2015                    Bluestockings Books, New York, NY, Featured Reader


February 2015            La Casa Azul Books, New York, NY, Featured Reader


August 2014                "Hauntings and Banishings: Loss and Rage for a

                                      Queer Adoptee," Autostraddle,, Interviewee


June 2013                    Manifest Reading Series, Oakland, CA, Featured Reader


August 2012                Lambda Literary Foundation, Lambda Fellows Reading, Los Angeles, CA,                                       

                                      Featured Reader


March 2012                 Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture International Conference,                                            

                                      Adoption Memoirs, Poetry and Performance, The Claremont Colleges,                                                  

                                      Pomona, CA, Panelist


January 2012               East/West Salon, Oakland, CA, Featured Artist


January 2012               Goddard College, Graduate Student Readings, Plainfield, VT, Featured Reader


January 2012               Teaching Practicum Training, Godard College, Plainfield, VT, Panelist


November 2011          Modern Times Books, Book Launch for Love Cake by Leah Lakshmi                                                              

                                       Piepzna-Samarasinha, San Francisco, CA, Featured Reader


March 2011                  Tranza: A Benefit for Scenes Unseen, Los Angeles, CA, Featured Reader


August 2009                 The Garage Theater, Queer Girl Theater Project, San Francisco, CA, Featured Reader


June 2007                     San Francisco Gay Pride, Writer’s Village Stage, San Francisco, CA, Featured                                                



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