I began scribbling in journals just about when acne struck. I think the first page of my first journal consists of transcribed lyrics of an Alice In Chains song. Journaling and poetry were a longtime personal escape for me, and the practice kept me sane and whole, or somewhat. For decades on, writing remained a personal exploration; few even knew I fancied myself a poet.
As a New Yorker I gravitated to the Beat poets, and one summer, followed their trail to the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. I got my Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Vassar College in '01, where I fell hard for the Romantics, wrote my thesis on William Blake, studied poetry with Eamon Grennan. Upon graduating college, I joined the NYC working world and relegated my writing practice to the personal back burners.
I've been a Los Angeleno since 2005 and followed my other passion for do-good business to an MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Now, I work as a food business entrepreneur, social justice activist, and yes, now a published poet. I am a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective and am indebted, and regularly take part in the infamous Jack Grapes’ Method Writing Workshops (Wednesday morning crew: shoutout!). I owe a debt of gratitude to so many teachers, mentors, coaches, fellow writers, past and present artists, friends, family, and loved ones for their light, encouragement, and electricity.