M.F.A., Creative Writing, California Institute of the Arts, graduating in May 2012
B.A., Creative Writing and Literature, minor in Theatre, College of Santa Fe, Magna Cum Laude, 2009
Certified Postpartum Doula, July 2013
Birth Doula Training, Feb. 2013 with CAPPA
Postpartum Doula Training, Apr. 2012 with CAPPA
Birth & Postpartum Doula, Owner, 2012-Current
Umeboshi Babies~Naturally-Minded Birth & Postpartum Doula Services
Description: Labor support professional. Postpartum support professional. Education, resources, breastfeeding assistance, birth options, and more.
Lerer (Teacher, 3rd & 4th grade), 2012-Current
Description: Teaching progressive, secular Jewish history and culture to elementary school aged children.
Poetry Coach, 2012-13 School Year
America Scores LA, Braddock Elementary School
Description: Teaching poetry to elementary aged girls. Mentoring.
Teacher, 2012-May 2012
Description: Mommy and Me Hodgepodge class. Leading free play, circle time (songs, books, dancing), art projects and snack projects. Also teaching preschool Discover Dance class.
Blogger/Business Assistant, Doula, Summer and Fall 2012
Birthwell Los Angeles
Description: Birth and postpartum doula. Writing blogs for the Birthwell LA site on various birth-related topics, other small writing needs, compiling contacts, newsletters, grant writing, general office assistance, event support, etc.
After School Teacher, 2012-13 School Year
Creative Space, Brentwood Elementary, Kehillat Israel
Description: Teaching creative and fun classes after school at local elementary schools. Fairy Garden class. Planning curriculum. Arts and crafts, dramatic play, writing, and more.
Teacher, September 2012-December 2012
Arete Preparatory Academy
Description: Teaching a 10 Minute Play writing workshop to high school students. Helping students write, direct and produce published and original works.
Acting/Theatre Specialist, Summer 2012
Creative Space Camp
Description: Teaching acting and theatre to children ages 5 through 12. Creating scripts for student plays. Planning all curriculum.
Teaching Assistant, 2011-2012
California Institute of the Arts
Course: Critical Writing and the Arts Seminar
Description: Led two-hour seminar following professor’s lecture. Focused on critical thinking and writing skills. Reviewed course material and discussed elements of craft. Created syllabus, lesson plans and worksheets. Graded all student work.
California Institute of the Arts
Description: Tutored 2-4 English Language Learners (ESL/ELL) each semester on a weekly basis. Also held hours in the Teaching and Learning Center as a writing tutor.
Courses: Power Writing, 2nd Grade English, Honors Reading Navigators
Description: Power Writing: Grades 2-8 one-on-one tutoring in book report, genre and critical essays. 2nd Grade English: held a daily class during summer session using designated course materials: grammar, reading, writing, spelling. HRN: Grades 2-5. Students read a book a week and worked on reading comprehension and vocabulary. Created vocabulary quizzes and wrote narrative grade summaries for all students.
Community Arts Partnership (CalArts), LAUSD High School for the Performing & Visual Arts
Course: Creative Writing Workshop
Description: Co-facilitated creative writing workshop once a week after school for LAUSD high school students. Created syllabus and lesson plans. Conducted lessons on poetry and poetry writing, and led student writing workshop sessions. Mentored students and helped them create a body of work to be included in a published book.
Teaching Assistant, Spring 2010
The Children’s School on the NM School for the Deaf campus
Course: 4-5 year old classroom
Description: Worked in tandem with lead teacher to implement lesson plans, which taught fine and gross motor skills, pre-reading, number sense and social/emotional skills. Instructed the children in yoga and dance several times a month, and brought in many art projects and activities. Substitute taught for lead teacher in her absence. Also worked in After Care, which included caring for children from the Deaf School.
Publications and Readings:
“Memoire Involuntaire,” “Self Portrait as Frida Kahlo,” “Yellow Tail” Glyph (Volume 21, 2009)
“Visitation” Poetry South (Issue 3, 2011)
“How Things End,” “The Dialogue,” “The Dialogue II” Burning Word (Issues 59, 61, 2011-12)
“Waking Up,” Deep South Magazine (April 2012 Poetry Month Issue)
“Gods II,” [PANK] (July 2012)
“The Red,” “A Critical Tradition of Brokenness,” “At Night,” and “Weight” KNACK Magazine (Issue 1, Aug. 2012)
“The West,” “Gods I,” “Dark Father” Unlikely Stories (Issue IV, Feb. 2013)
“Dark Father” The Medulla Review (Issue 4.1)
“It’s Been Hot…” Ballard Street Poetry Journal (September 2013)
Several poems reprinted in IPI Press’s first publication, summer 2013.
5 Untitled Poems Broad Magazine
Glyph Volume 21, editor in chief, 2009
Red Sky: A Literary Journal, founder and editor, established 2010
Senior Thesis Reading, College of Santa Fe, April 2009
Sumarr Reading Series, Los Angeles, July 10, 2011
Next Words Reading Series, Mandrake, Los Angeles, March 18, 2012
Thesis Reading, California Institute of the Arts, May 10, 2012
Next Words Showcase, REDCAT, Los Angeles, May 13, 2012
Sumarr Reading Series, Los Angeles, June 17, 2013
Enter>Text Valentine’s Day Blame Prom Reading, Los Angeles, February 17, 2013
Host, Red Sky reading, Stories Bookstore, Los Angeles, March 9, 2013
In Process Inventory Book Launch reading,Stories Bookstore, Los Angeles, July 27, 2013
Sumarr Reading Series, Los Angeles, Concord, August 11, 2013
Honors, Awards and Memberships:
Member Birthwell Los Angeles
Member Ooh Belly
Member LA Doula Collective
Beutner Award for Excellence in the Arts
Received for Poetry
California Institute of the Arts, 2011
Honorable Mention in Poetry
Women’s Studies Creative Writing Contest First Place Winner
Loyola University, New Orleans, 2006