“I often find that the only way I can truly know a part of myself is when I see it as words on the page. My goal in writing is to educate myself about myself. I don’t see that as a selfish act, rather I see it as my responsibility.”
PUBLISHED WORKS & STAGED READINGS
Meet Me by the River in All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World – Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom, edited by Deborah Santana (January 30, 2018)
Intergenerational Family Recipes Should Never Be Lost, 1st Place Winner, Intergeneration Month 2016 Story Contest (December 2016)
What Matters San Francisco’s 2016 Listen to Your Mother Show (May 2016)
“Speak to Me”, Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture & Identity, edited by Elena Featherston, Crossing Road Press (1994)
Review of YA novel Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar, Latinxs in Kid Lit (March 30, 2017)
Review of One of a Kind Like Me/Unico Como Yo by Laurin Mayeno, Latinxs in Kid Lit (May 4, 2017)
Review of Side by Side/Lado a Lado by Monica Brown, Latinxs in Kid Lit (October 5, 2017)
Review of Frida Kahlo y Sus Animalitos (English and Spanish versions) by Monica Brown Latinxs in Kid Lit (November 27, 2017)
Sam published in A Quiet Courage (December 23, 2016)
All in One Day published in A Quiet Courage (December 23, 2016)
Sunrise to Sunset published in A Quiet Courage (December 23, 2016)
Nine Lives of Disability, in July 2017 Disability, Medicine, and Illness issue of District Lit
Womanhood in the Apogee Journal – TO BECOME LOUDER, EVEN STILL: Responses to Sexual Violence in Literary Spaces (April 2016)
The Lesson Plan, Be Full of Yourself: the Journey from Self-Criticism to Self-Celebration, edited by Patricia Lynn Rielly, Open Window Creations (1997)
A Heart Called Home: An Interview With Cultural Anthropologist Ruth Behar in 3200 Stories ( September 25, 2012)
The Next Decade: Marin County’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness (April 2006)
Cultural Considerations in Domestic Violence Cases: A National Judicial Benchbook. San Francisco: Published by the Family Violence Prevention Fund through a grant from The State Justice Institute (1999).
The Butterfly Series (January 2015 – present)
Designed The Butterfly Series – a six-month writing and creative arts workshop for women who want to explore what’s next in their life journey. Wrote companion workbook for participants to track their transitions and do weekly writing.
Story Telling Workshops (February 2012 – present)
Designed and delivered custom storytelling workshops where participants, drafted, revised, and read personal essays as part of a 1/2 day generative workshop
- Butterfly Series – Part II (April 2017)
- Wisdom Trust Leaders (August 2017)
- Homestead Valley Community Association (October 2016)
- Bechol Lashon (October 2012)
- Limmud (February 2012)
Marin City Community Services District (July 2007)
Pilot Writer’s Workshop – during July 2007 volunteered to teach writing workshop for youth ages 9 – 12 attending summer camp with Marin City Community Services District. Sixteen girls and seventeen boys went through the program conducted between July 10 – July 31, 2007.
Community Arts Partnership Grant – Marin Art Council (2008)
Youth Writing for Health – received a grant from the Marin Arts Council to teach a ten-week creative writing workshop for teen and pre-teen girls living in Marin City (project modeled after Writer’s Corp. in San Francisco) April – June 2008
- Designed and taught ten-week writing workshops for girls. Each week covered a different topic, including: self-esteem, effective communication, conflict resolution and anger management, dating violence, peer pressure, substance abuse, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases and nurturing the self.
- Held writer’s salon at end of session to celebrate the girls’ accomplishments and have them read their original works. Local writer, Staci Robinson, author of Interceptions (2007) and contributing editor of Tupac Remembered (2008), emceed the Writer’s Saloon.
- Successfully solicited book donations from publisher Ten Speed Press so that each participant received a copy of the book Girl Source: A book by and for young women about Relationships, Rights Futures, Bodies, Minds and Souls (2003).
- Organized dinner and field trip to Book Passage (local bookstore) for girls to hear African American novelist, Deborah Johnson, read from her book The Air Between Us (2008). Each girl received an autographed copy of Ms. Johnson’s book.
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation (1996)
Recipient of Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant for writing – November 1996
Received grant to cover transcription costs of interviews done as part of a research project involving founder of Shelter Our Sisters and Strengthen Our Sisters, two shelters for battered and/or homeless women and their children founded in New Jersey by my mother.
Write on Mamas (April 2016 -present)
Creative & Expressive Arts Therapy
- Senior Access Art Initiative: Communication at the Intersection of Art & Dementia, March 28, 2015 workshop with Michelle Burns. Selected to participate in pilot project related to using art therapy with people who have Alzheimers. Eight-hour certification project.
- Improv workshop with Naomi Neumann, Mill Valley, CA – October 18, 2014
- Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy, Center for Movement and Research, full-day workshop April 17, 2011 – Forest Franken, MFA, MA, BC-DMT
- Experiential Intro to Art Therapy with Janet K. Long, M.A., MFCC, BC – A.T.R, UC Berkeley Extension – two-day workshop August 3 – 4, 2002
- Daylong Poetry Workshop – “Poetry: The Long & Short of It” taught by Linda Watanabe McFerrin – July 19, 2014
- UC Berkeley Extension – Writing Short Fiction from Life Experiences taught by Audrey Ferber, MFA – 10-week course, 2002
- Voices of our Nation – VONA Voices
- Selected to participate in a weeklong writer’s fiction workshop section taught by author Cristina Garcia, Summer 2000.
- College of Marin, Adult Education – completed two writing courses taught by author Janell Moon
- Creative Autobiography, Spring 1998
- Writing as a Spiritual Practice, Fall 1998
Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Juris Doctor
Recipient of the Fordham Human Rights Award for the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of individual freedom and human dignity.
University of California – Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts
Independent Major, Criminal Justice Degree