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. I'm in love with the generous elasticity of language.
In my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., I focused primarily on the study of poetry, contemporary multicultural American literature, Latinx literature, & 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 a year-long professional development seminar 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 have recently joined the editorial staff of the International Journal of ePortfolio as an associate editor and I am a consulting editor for Change magazine. I am a reviewer for the Basic Writing eJournal (BWe) 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. I'm focused on stories that imagine the impossible into possibility.
As Jacques Cousteau said, ”Il faut aller voir.” / “We must go and see.”