Cirriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

 

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/Creative Writing, Minor in

            Women’s Studies

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

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

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 Developer

                         Language and Literacy Programs

                         The Research Foundation of the City University of New York

                         New York, NY

2013-2016      Reading and Writing Instructor                      

                         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     Extended Day Program Director

                        United for Success Academy

                        Oakland, CA

                        

2004-2005     Tutor

                        English Composition, Analytical Writing, Reading Comprehension

                        Freelance

                        Detroit, MI

                      

2004               Creative Writing Instructor, Life Skills Mentor

                        Alternatives for Girls

                        Detroit, MI

                    

           

Related Professional Experience

 

2017-Present   Vision and Strategy Group 

                          The Adoption Museum Project 

                          History Initiative 

                          http://www.adoptionmuseumproject.org 

2017-Present  Co-founder & Co-host

                          Living Room Series

                          Brooklyn, NY

2016-Present  Adoption Education & Support Specialist, Founder

                          Open Record Consulting

                          Brooklyn, NY

 

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

                       

 

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

 

 

SERVICE:

 

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

 

 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

 

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

2002                Board of Governors Scholarship

2002                Albert Feigenson Music/English Scholarship

2002                Michigan Competitive Scholarship

 

 

RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS:

 

2018    Rivendell Writers Colony

2017    Vermont Studio Center

2017    Sundress Academy for the Arts 

2012    Lambda Literary Foundation Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices

 

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

Chapbooks:

 

2012    Split, Unthinkable Creatures Chapbook Press (hybrid)

 

Books In Progress:

 

What We Lost (creative nonfiction)

 

The Missing (poetry)

 

Visceral Cartographies, co-editor (anthology)

 

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, thefanzine.com

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

             theestablishment.co. Reprinted in syndication on HuffPost, huffingtonpost.com and Role Reboot, rolereboot.org

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

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

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

 

2013    from Split, Jupiter 88, #257, jupiter88poetry.blogspot.com

 

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

 

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. thefeministwire.com

 

Journalism

 

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

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCES, PRESENTATIONS, INTERVIEWS, AND PANELS:

October 2018            "We Are Really Straight: LGBTQ Adoption and the Homonormative 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,

                                      FL.

September 2017       Queer/Trans/National Adoption Politics: An Adoptee Roundtable, Center for LGBTQ Studies,   

                                     The City University of New York 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, http://www.adopteeson.com/listen/s2e12liz, 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,                                

                                      http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indianaadopteenetworknews, 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

                                       Performer

 

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, www.autostraddle.com, 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                                                

                                       Reader

 

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