About

Hi! Welcome to my site! I am available for all your freelance writing/proofing/editing/tutoring needs.

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I hope you’ll take a moment to explore and learn a little more about me, my writing, and my teaching philosophy. I’ve been teaching for eight years, working as a proofreader/editor for the past few, and writing poetry all my life.  I believe my passion for language is evident in every aspect of my work, as I hope you’ll see from my blog posts and CV.

I love many things in this world, none more than my family(pictured above), but I’m also deeply interested in myth, folklore, and pedagogical and literary theory. My current poetry manuscript and my master’s capstone essay use theory to explore the way stories, particularly fairy tales, can both liberate and oppress. Some of my favorite poets who use story in their work are H.D., Olga Broumas, Adrienne Rich, Carolyn Forche, Mark Doty, and Harryette Mullen

As a mother, a poet, and a university and high school level composition instructor, I know that language is power, I encourage all people, as Cixous wrote in The Laugh of the Medusa, to:

Write! and your self-seeking text will know itself better than flesh and blood, rising,

insurrectionary dough kneading itself, with sonorous, perfumed ingredients, a lively

combination of flying colors, leaves, and rivers plunging into the sea we feed. “Ah,

there’s her sea,” he will say as he holds out to me a basin full of water from the little

phallic mother from whom he’s inseparable. But look, our seas are what we make of

them, full of fish or not, opaque or transparent, red or black, high or smooth, narrow or

bankless; and we are ourselves sea, sand, coral, seaweed, beaches, tides, swimmers,

children, waves …. More or less wavily sea, earth, sky – what matter would rebuff us? We

know how to speak them all.

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