Kidlit Writer. Diver. Thalassophile. Photo Geek. Technology Spelunker. Travels by fins or ferry.
Ever since I dictated my first fan fiction piece to my mother before I knew how to spell (an enthralling "off camera" scene about Johnny and Roy in the t.v. show Emergency), I've been a writer. I love stories and the power of imagination to create new and different worlds in all of their traditional and emerging forms. This is what I teach my students: what you say matters and how you say it matters even more, whether you're writing an exam, an essay, a blog, a novel, a script, or your magnum opus. Everyone has something to say and what you say matters. Today, with emerging technologies, how you say it and in what medium, matters as well.
I share my ideas about writing and technology at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York where, as Professor of English, I teach a range of composition, literature, and creative writing courses. I am particularly interested in the role of technology and how it is changing how and what we write (and read!).
I have been part of LaGuardia’s award-winning ePortfolio Team since 2002, serving as a member of the original ePortfolio Research Team, as Interim ePortfolio Director in 2006, and as part of the Connect to Learning (C2L) Research Team (2011). I regularly lead professional development seminars about technology, curriculum, ePortfolios, and integrative learning.
I'm a published poet and have written articles on subjects such as ePortfolios, writing pedagogy, pedagogy and technology, digital rhetoric, assessment, women's studies, the poetry of HIV/AIDS and NBC's The West Wing. I am a reviewer for the Basic Writing eJournal (BWe), the International Journal of ePortfolio and TETYC. Recently, I completed a term as national co-chair of the Council on Basic Writing. I am a past member of the editorial boards of College Composition and Communication and Radical Teacher.
Currently, I am returning to my love of creative writing and science, focusing on writing about science for children. I am interested in yoking my love of storytelling with my love of the natural world. As an avid scuba diver and a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, I am keenly aware of the delicate ecosystem beneath our oceans and the effects our modern life has on life below the surface.
As Jacques Cousteau said, ”Il faut aller voir.” / “We must go and see.”