Language Arts and Academic Development: Faculty & Staff
year started at AVC
full-time since 1989
schools attended and degrees received
Glendale College, Cal State Northridge (BA in English), UC Irvine (MFA in poetry, secondary emphasis in fiction), University of Utah (credits in doctoral program in American Studies)
academic interests, general teaching areas
creative writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction); 20th and 21st century literature; film studies; art history; visual rhetoric; journalism; photography
publications and awards
Nine books, most recently South x South (winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Ohio U Press, 2013); image consultant for the Norton Mix (WW Norton, 2012); twice won “Best Article” award from the journal inside english. I am a Research Fellow at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art. I also have had three artist-in-residencies, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Papua New Guinea, working with issues of ethnopoetics and translation.
I have given readings or lectures at UCLA, Cambridge, and the University of Guadalajara. Recent articles include an exploration of birds of prey in Shakespeare (co-author, Dr. Rachel Jennings), “Keats, Derrida, and Extended Definitions of Student Success” (co-author, Nicelle Davis), and “The Hyphen is Dead; Long Live the Hyphen.” My most recent poetry publications were translations from Papua New Guinea. Manuscripts in progress include a flash fiction collection, a fiction and art collaboration with Christine Mugnolo, a chapter and map on trees for a Los Angeles atlas project, and two poetry manuscripts—one on all the moons of the Solar System and one on the Great Basin.
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