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Undergraduate University: University of California Santa Cruz
Year of Graduation: 2008
Majors/Minors/Specialization: Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing
Graduate University: Columbia University
Year of Graduation: 2013
Majors/Minors/Specialization: MFA Nonfiction Writing
Columbia University Teaching Fellowship; Humanities Undergraduate Research Grant, UC Santa Cruz; MacDowell Colony Fellowship; Yaddo Corporation Writer in Residence.
For the past five years I've taught first-year university writing at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. Prior to that, I have held visiting faculty positions at Fordham University, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. I've taught adult learners preparing to take their GED, high school students studying creative writing, and football players at a trade school. For the past year, I've been working with international students who are applying to universities in the US. Together, we work on application essays, resumes, and interview skills.
Philanthropy / Volunteering Experience
I taught a weekend writing workshop to students in a nonprofit program called Legal Outreach. This program prepared high school students from underserved communities for college level writing, and aimed to empower communities with high incarceration rates in the language of legal studies. I volunteered as a mentor with WriteGirl.