About My “About Me” Profile

I enjoy sharing my work--writing, art, pedagogy but I do not like the public performance of it. (Artists be insular as a mug y'all; don't like you ain't know)! So I sometimes correct people when they call me "shy." I'm reticent; quiet; and nope, public presentation is not an activity I particularly enjoy. But I don't think "shy" is precise enough.

My Five Point Plan

From the crates…

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1.  Wherever you are, be all there.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.      Matthew 6:34 ESV

2.  Believe in magic (if you want some).
The greatest secrets are hid in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.     Roald Dahl

3.  If you get a chance take it (and if it changes your life, let it).
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.     Joseph Campbell

4.  Move (often enough to appreciate being still).

5.  Save yourself for nothing (you are worth it all).

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[vintage UtR] Things I’ve wanted to be in no particular order

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The Boy’s Girl
A Delta flight attendant
An Alvin Ailey dancer—
Soul Train would do
Stokely Carmichael’s concubine (shh)
The subject of a song, a nice song
That sigh
Cover Girl
A broadcast journalist
on Walden Pond
A missionary
Carnival Queen
The Black Madonna
In long skirts
Marva Collins, Assata,
or Maxine Shaw
A scream
Encyclopedia Brown
Samba—just samba
Wealthier, selfish
A b-girl
Someday (soon)
Drawn in black ink.

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How the Body Remembers (On the Body’s Performance of Trauma as Ekphrasis)

delivered at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference Toronto, ON 2 May 2015 Slide 1: "How the Body Remembers" is not just a creative project but is, I guess like all my creative projects, a question I’m trying to answer for myself--this time about how our physical bodies perform traumas. The question came up after [...]

Breathing Lessons 101 is on the road to Charlottesville Virginia!

Breathing Lessons 101 is heading to Charlottesville Virginia on Friday, May 8th! I'll be reading as part of the Reading Series at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative along with author of the novel Nothing Left to Burn, Jay Varner, and poet, novelist, and editor Brittany Cavallaro. Exciting times, y'all--be there and/or please share! https://www.facebook.com/events/346357012230460/