I have been crafting words for a living for almost twenty years, and I'm pleased to now serve as Co-Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and to be part of the writing consultant collective WordCraft LA. I've worked as a writing instructor for several universities in New York and Los Angeles, including the California Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College (CUNY), Loyola Marymount University, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. I received my Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

I review fiction and nonfiction, primarily focusing on music and Los Angeles history, for the Los Angeles Timesand Los Angeles Review of Books. My writing has also appeared in The Collagist, Crony, and Trojan Family Magazine. I serve as a judge for the fiction and first fiction awards of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes (2013-2014). I was also a Ucross Foundation writer-in-residence for their spring 2014 session.

I currently teach creative nonfiction at all levels for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. My students have published personal essays in venues such as SalonThe RumpusEclectica, Writers Tribe Review, and Slice Magazine. They have been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and 360 Xochi Quetzal and attended the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley writers’ conferences. Memoirs workshopped in my classes have won their authors a PEN Emerging Voices fellowship, the New Southerner annual literary contest, and an award from the Los Angeles Book Festival. 

As a professional editor, I have worked on novels, nonfiction manuscripts, dissertations, book proposals, screenplays, web copy, product pitches, and marketing materials. My clients include literary journal The Rattling Wall, the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, CMH Records, ScriptShark (a subsidiary of The New York Times), Aesa Jewelry, Roxbury Publishing, and graduate students around the world. 

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