Writer. Educator. Theater/Performance Artist.
Urban Gardening Enthusiast.
I’m inspired by generative, creative connections and spontaneous ideas in the belief that everyday life, however designed, should be seen “as both ordering and playmaking.” When imagination is used compassionately, it produces creative integrity through acts that remind us to be brave.
My writing draws from performance and literary elements that reflect social change, justice, popular culture, race, and identity. Symmetry in the Charlie Brown Christmas, Wiley 2017, an essay published by the Anthropology of Consciousness, Interbeing Issue, (Wiley 2017) grapples with the iconic story of Charlie Brown’s holiday tale and its ability to speak to us across experiences.
As an author of more than nine plays/performance texts and Lambda Literary Awards Finalist (2015), my published works include Seens From the Unexpectedness of Love, featured in the critically acclaimed anthology Blacktino Queer Performance (Duke Univ. Press 2016) and Dust: murmurs and a play (Evolutionary Girls, 2008). My photography was seen and published in For Whom it Stands, an art exhibition and book curated by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore (Smithsonian Affiliate 2014) and cited by USA Today as “A Top 10 Must-see Exhibit.” Last summer, an original haiku based on the indie film, Just Another Girl on the IRT, was showcased on the Pavillion cinema marquee tributes to Brooklyn focused films by the presenting team Saint Flashlight. I was also a featured author in the LiveLiterature Reading series at Montclair State University, and read from my forthcoming novel Fierce! Remains.
In my past life as a drama queen, I have designed and directed marketing campaigns, developed international programs and audience-community outreach plans, for major arts organizations from BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) to Broadway. Career highlights include the Next Wave Festival, 651 Arts, and for the Broadway run of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, which showcased the talents of an award-winning cast including Viola Davis. An active blogger, I write on a range of culture and media topics for CultureSonar, Village Q Family Matters and currently on LinkedIn, and explore sustainability and green issues monthly for greens4squares.com.
A recipient of several Writer Fellowships/Residencies that include VCCA/Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, I take advantage of any opportunity to ride a fast-ferry and watch a sunset at the water’s edge.
Currently, I’m getting to know Newark’s active urban-agriculture community as a local gardener and grower of culinary and medicinal herbs and botanicals. My favorites include basils, sage, rosemary, echinacea and dandelion root. My time as a Volunteer facilitator/educator supports outreach workshops with SWAG / Planting Seeds of Hope, a community-run farm, and Farmer’s Market coordinator with area growers and food justice workers in partnership with NUAA – Newark Urban Agricultural Association and Bethe Israel Hospital.
As undergraduate Writing Faculty/Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University, my teaching focuses include creative, critical and research skills writing and literary topics. From (2008-16) I was Core Faculty in the Low Residency-Undergraduate Program at Goddard College, in Plainfield, VT. and honored to work with the most inspiring independent-learner students on a range of topics and initiatives on culture, race, gender, and identity. Collaborations with B.A. in Sustainability faculty and (HAS) Health Arts and Science students, encouraged me to consider how nature and art, partnered with social justice and activism, help shape moral arguments about the environment and human sustainability. Among my most memorable experiences was as commencement speaker for a stellar class of students at Goddard. Their excitement and gratitude emboldened my every breath. Here’s a link to the audio and text for my address: “Where’s Your Tree?”