Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Courses I've Taught
First Year Seminar
World Literature — Magical Realism
Latin American Literature
Poetry and Performance
PhD University of Texas, Dallas, Texas
Master of Arts Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.
Bachelor of Arts Aurora University, Aurora, Ill.
Most Recent Publications
Setting the Fire, forthcoming with Airlie Press, 2015.
“After the Parade.” Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction 37 (2011).
“Women We Call Malo.” Memoir(and). 3.2 (2010): 93-5.
Blue Ghosts. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, March, 2011.
Hiram Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Cold Mountain Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Poet Lore, Apple Valley Review, among others.
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
The Art of Drowning by Billy Collins
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Emplumada by Lorna Dee Cervantes
So Far From God by Ana Castillo
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
What Fuels Me
Writing and revision (every exhausting part of it), reading, rain, activism and kindnesses in all their miniscule and audacious forms, travel, fog, discoveries, surprises, the beach, taking off on an airplane, landing, taking risks, landing, painting my son’s toenails hot pink, hope, hand holding, hiking, joy, laughing, hearing others laugh, long walks, fear, my friends, my family, my husband, my boys.