A teacher, published writer and single mom of two boys, my areas of expertise are in fiction and creative nonfiction writing, editing, and creative survival. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Literature and Creative Writing and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Virginia. I have published in Salon.com, Oxford American, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Feminist Studies among other journals and magazines. My first novel, The Algebra of Snow, was nominated for a Pushcart Editor’s Choice Award and was published in the spring of 2012. I edit the University of Virginia Women’s Center magazine, Iris, and serve as the associate director.
I was a professor of English at the University of Houston, Spring Hill College, and Fisk University where I taught freshman composition, sophomore literature, British and American literature, business writing, creative writing, critical theory, and women’s studies courses. As a graduate student, I studied with Edward Albee, Donald Barthelme, Ann Beattie, Rosellen Brown, John Casey, Philip Lopate, and Mary Robison. I’ve written three novels, one essay collection, and numerous articles both journalistic and scholarly.