M.A, Individualized Master of Arts, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT.
2007 – 2010
Self-directed studies in Transformative Language Arts, Embodiment Studies, Greek and Roman mythology, fairy tales, folktales, cultural studies, psychology, women’s studies, poetry, marriage and family counseling, creative nonfiction.
Thesis: Unveiling Aphrodite: Examining the Mythology of Romantic Love.
- Thesis in three parts including: I) Unveiling Aphrodite: A Mixed-Genre Memoir, a book-length collection of pieces written in poetry, memoir and personal essay; II) personal critical essays that parallel the memoir, exploring autobiographical experience in the context of scholarly research; and III) the Addendum: Workshop Exercises, a ten-week writing workshop of prompts, exercises, and critical writing, each session taking on a specific myth about romantic love, and how it is played out in contemporary movies, songs, and stories.
Major authors studied include: Jean Shinoda Bolen, Joseph Campbell, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Carol Gilligan, Eugene Gendlin, Harville Hendrix, Deena Metzger, Pat Schneider, Robert Solomon, Alicia Suskin Ostriker.
B.A. in Humanities, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
2002 – 2003
Participated in International Studies programs in Greece; Oxford University; Florence, Italy. Coursework in Tallahassee included: intensive study of Greek tragedians, discussing ancient tragedies’ form in relation to Shakespearean tragedies and contemporary films with Dr. Leon Golden; survey of ancient Roman imperial art and archaeology from Augustus to Hadrian, with Dr. Nancy de Grummond. Coursework from International Studies sites included field notes and photographs from Philippi, Acropolis, Delphi, Knossos, British Museum, Bath, San Marco, Duomo, and Galleria degli Uffizi; Early Italian Renaissance art history assignments relying on visual observation, place and historical context with Dr. Jill Burke; creative nonfiction writing workshop experimenting with personal essay, literary journalism, and memoir form with Nicole Cuddeback.
A.A. in Humanities, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL.
2001 – 2002
Coursework included: Humanities and European History seminars discussing development of music, literature, and visual art, placed in historical context through prehistoric to contemporary periods with Dr. Nan Morelli-White; and ancient Greek mythology discussing how myths developed through literature, theater, art and archaeology, and how myths have been studied by various scholars including Joseph Campbell, James Frazer, and Carl Jung. Major assignments included: speech on Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy, analyzing Apollo and Dionysus’ characteristics, their contribution to the creation of tragedy, and why tension and tragedy are necessary to society; and cultural response to Angelica Kauffman’s Sappho painting at Ringling Museum of Art, discussing Neoclassical period and inspiration from Greek mythology and literature.
GPA: 3.3. Coursework included: art history surveys discussing development of style, methods, and purpose of painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistoric to contemporary periods with Dr. Lisa Farber; art history study in Rococo, Neoclassicist, Romantic, and Impressionist painting with Professor Andres Zervigon; art history surveys in Italian Renaissance, 17th century Dutch & Flemish, photography, and 20th century; early Shakespeare study putting plays into historical context and analyzing contemporary productions with Dr. Sid Ray; Victorian literature study of essays and poetry with Dr. Mark Hussey; French language reviews of grammar and conversation with Dr. Renee Wehrmann; study of French literature and film counterparts including La grande illusion, La belle et la bête, and Jean Florette; analysis of ancient Greek philosophy with emphasis on Plato and Aristotle; and interdisciplinary study of French philosophy and literature with Dr. Harold Brown discussing writers Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Marcel Proust, and Voltaire.
Swirl is a national multi-ethnic organization that challenges society’s notions of race through community building, education, and action.
* Create exercises based on exploring themes of identity, race, family history, and community.
* facilitate monthly writing circle for SwirlNYC members;
* see Events for upcoming writing circles.
One City, One Prompt
One City, One Prompt is a series of hosted writing, performance, and community-building events across the country to cultivate greater civility, deeper dialogue, and sense of purpose.
* Created and facilitated One City, One Prompt event in NYC with Sherry Reiter;
* wrote promotional materials for event;
* created and edited photographs of event;
* collected and edited participant writings and bios for One City, One Prompt website;
* and wrote reflection/summary of event for One City, One Prompt website.
Mythic Imagination Institute
* Read archived Mythic Passages magazine articles from 2003-2008;
* wrote SEO meta tags for said articles to be uploaded in online database;
* wrote 150-character summaries for each article;
* wrote identifying information for each article, including title, author, date, visual images, HTML links, and number of pages.
Unveiling Aphrodite: A Workshop Exploring the Mythology of Romantic Love
Creator & Facilitator
* open enrollment small group workshop
* planned and managed all aspects of marketing (flyer design, posting locales, list management);
* organized and fulfilled all aspects of securing and procuring contracts related to location;
* planned and facilitated writing exercises related to dissecting Western myths of romantic love;
* educated participants on contemporary and alternative theories of romantic love; and
* facilitated discussion and critique on participants’ writing.
International Center in New York
Conversation & Writing Partner
* Maintained weekly one-on-one dialogue with non-native English speakers;
* corrected grammar and idioms in conversation;
* edited and corrected grammatical mistakes in essay writing;
* answered questions on American culture and the idiomatic language; and
* introduced partners to different cultural aspects of New York (opera, restaurants, etc.).
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Research Coordinator – NYC chapter
* Studied local and global news publications for issues related to the separation of church and state;
* maintained file on current church-state issues;
* wrote articles to be published on AU-NYC website;
* wrote blurbs and definitions to be published on AU-NYC website;
* wrote blog on church-state issues; and
* researched related groups and events to associate with, in order to increase AU-NYC’s visibility.