I am an English teacher at an Expeditionary Learning school in Taos, NM. On my best days I leave school after inspiring and intellectually challenging instruction and write poetry. I was named an Up and Coming Writer by SOMOS in Taos for 2012. I have had a handful of poems published in journals across the country. You can find links to this work or these publications embedded within the publishpoet tab.
Currently I am working on a few collections of poetry and developing new work each week. I am using this blog as a platform to share my work with others and connect with new readers or writers.
In March of 2014, I participated in a self directed Poem-a-Day writing experience to generate conversation and dialogue about the standardized testing culture of education and the implications it has on students, teachers, schools and our hearts.
My work comes from my experiences. I am a two-time Fund For Teachers Fellow traveling both along the US-Mexico border in 2009 and around Northern Ireland in 2012 to develop curriculum about border issues in our world. I have used this experience to develop curriculum for my students on Christmas vacations touring the grounds of the former Carlisle Indian Boarding School in Carlisle, PA or venturing into the Border Field State Park near San Ysidro and Tijuana on a personal holiday.
My poetry also comes from my experiences. In 2011, New Mexico experienced their worst summer for wildfires on record. And then last summer Taos experienced an inexplicable amount of midnight storms to buffer an otherwise dry year. These changing weather patterns and the impact on our society greatly inspire my creative impulse.
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