I'm a writer and educator based in Dorchester, MA. I teach English as a Second Language at UMass Boston and am the Writer in Residence at Boston Children's Hospital.
Recent projects include….
Reading from WONDER/WANDER
with Jennifer Crystal, author of Et Voila (Belfort & Bastion Press)
Tuesday, July 21st at 7:30pm at Waterstone at Wellesley
23 & 27 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. Books available for purchase.
Workshop Coach for the Authors Group
at the SONAD 2015 Glen Brook Workshop
August 18-22nd at Glen Brook Camp in Marlborough, NH
The authors group will focus on “taking the imaginative leap” in flash fiction (roughly 1-2 pages in length). Participants compose several stories inspired by published work, music, as well as prompts focusing on various aspects of the writing craft.
SONAD workshops use participatory arts projects to build community across lines of difference. Sonad aspires to make the experience of crossing human divides available to everyone, in a variety of disciplines, regardless of previous experience.
Speaker at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) 39th Annual Conference in Providence, RI
September 17th from 3-4pm at the Rhode Island Convention Center
Presentation Title: "Words of Healing: Creative Writing and Cancer"
Abstract: Creative writing empowers patients to shape the narrative of their hospitalization. Research increasingly shows the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual benefits of writing, its value in palliative care/legacy building, as well as its ability to improve communication among hospital staff. At a time when words can seem to fail, pediatric nurses can use creative writing to help patients—and themselves—find language that is meaningful and healing.
Creative Writing at Boston Children’s Hospital empowers patients to be authors in a world they can’t control. Through creative play and conversation, we bring their poems and stories to life. And while medical staff treat a patient’s illness, creative writing attends to what is most healthy in children: the simple desire to be a kid.
Our prompts range from serious to silly, but all create a structure for the imagination to swing upon and succeed. These pieces are often crafted amid the beeping of machines, the administering of meds, and all the ongoing hospital routine. Creative writing grows through the cracks in this routine, allowing individuality to blossom.
You can open and read The View from Here in the PDF below.
Visit The Creative Arts Program on Facebook for more creative writing, short movies, cartoons, sculpture, and other artwork created by patients in collaboration with the Artists in Residence.
Play is an important part of all my work, especially at Umass Boston where I teach ESL in the College of Advancing and Professional Studies. In this video filmed on Halloween, my students took a break from mid-terms to style themselves as zombies and learn the "Thriller" dance. (The following year we took a different approach with "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran.) It takes courage to learn a new language, to challenge oneself in new ways. Play is a way for my students to support and inspire themselves, as well as others, in building a language learning community.
In Spring 2015 and Spring 2016, I taught The Language of Illness in the Umass Boston Honors College, a course that drew inspiration from creative writing as well as the growing arts in healthcare movement. The Language of Illness combined my passion for literature with my experience using creative writing as a tool for self-authorship. Students illuminate our classroom with personal, professional, and academic insights into the way we talk/don't talk about health and illness in today's society. Students also generate their own creative language to explore new perspectives on illness. I will have more to post and share about the class soon on this site.