Kidlit Writer. Diver. Thalassophile. Photo Geek. Technology Spelunker. Travels by fins or ferry.
I love stories and the power of imagination to create new and different worlds in all of their traditional and emerging forms. In my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., I focused primarily on the study of poetry, contemporary multicultural American literature, Latino/a literature, and Latin American and Caribbean Area studies.
This is what I teach my students: what you say matters, whether you're writing an exam, an essay, a blog, a novel, a script, or your magnum opus. Writing is always a political act. And 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 composition, kid lit, the capstone seminar for Liberal Arts majors, the new student seminar for Liberal Arts majors, 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 currently coordinate our Accelerated Learning Program for English 101 students and am leading year-long professional development seminars for faculty in that area.
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.
I am a past national co-chair of the Council on Basic Writing and 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.”