I am a poet and essayist, a teacher and educational leader, a builder of community. I believe in creating spaces for people to explore their intellectual and creative lives and to connect with others. For nearly a decade I directed Free Minds, an affiliate of the Clemente Course in the Humanities offering free college humanities classes to those who have faced barriers to the classroom. I am now Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Clemente Course, acting as “chief storyteller” for national and local initiatives. I am a lecturer at the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, co-teaching the graduate seminar, “Literary Citizenship: Teaching Writing for Social Change.” My work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Sun, and Oxford American.
I am a voice for educational equity, a zealous sharer of poems, and a maker of first-class soups. Contact me if you want to chat.