I’m a poet, essayist, mother, and college writing professor living in Northern California. My debut poetry collection, Little Prayers, won a Blue Light Book Award and was published in 2018. You can read my poems in Salamander, Iron Horse Literary Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, Willamette Week, Redactions, Red Rock Review, Bateau, Rock & Sling, Versedaily.org, and in the anthology Ghazals for Foley, a book of poems written for slain American journalist Jim Foley. My poetry chapbook Faith was released by Finishing Line Press in 2008, and was featured in the 2008 Chapbook Corner Roundup in Rain Taxi Review of Books.
My personal essays—on parenting, anxiety, infertility, and other realities of modern adulthood—appear in Girlboss, Elle, Salon, Offbeat Families, The New York Times Motherlode blog, and the book anthology Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Overcoming Mental Illness, and have been syndicated on Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, and more.
Born and raised outside of Boston, I am a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2001. Since 2006, I have taught writing at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where I became a full-time faculty member in 2014. After living in the Bay Area on and off for the last ten years, I am an active part of the thriving literary community here, reading and speaking regularly. I live with my husband, the environmental lawyer Ben Eichenberg, and our two young sons in Berkeley, California.
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