Master Teacher of Liberal Studies Program
MFA, Fiction Writing, New York University
MA, English & American Literature, New York University
BA, Psychology, Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York
Area of Interests: Non-fiction Writing; Creative Writing; Oral History; Visual Arts
Course(s) Taught: Writing I, Writing II
- 2009-2010 UNESCO/Fulbright Fellow, Paris, France
- 2008-2009 Fulbright Fellow, Rabat, Morocco
- 2000 Travel Grant, Air Jamaica
- 2000 Travel Grant, E.L. Doctorow
- 2000 Travel Grant, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University
- 2000 The Arthur Schomburg Award for Excellence in the Humanities, New York University
- 1998 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Awards (three awards in fiction and poetry)
- 1998 Fellowship in Creative Writing, New York University
- 1998 Oral History Association Fellowship, New Orleans, Louisiana
- 1997 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Awards (five awards in fiction and poetry)
- 1995 James Michener Creative Writing Fellowship, The Caribbean Writers Summer Institute, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Teaching Statement: My philosophy is that writing can be taught. It is a skill that can be mastered if engaged in consistently and tenaciously; if given engaging enough prompts as a springboard to ideas. I also believe in teaching writing from the inside out, to take a personal experience and contextualize it to arrive at some larger truth about the self or about some aspect of society. As such, we read widely and variously in my class, essays culled from a variety of sources and on a variety of subjects. Essays that themselves act as models of great writing. From time to time I focus a semester's work around a single theme--such as the use of oral histories or the impact of childhood memories. Often, I have students work on self-generated subjects that are of great importance to themselves. There is a lot of challenging discussion, dissection and examinations in my writing classes.
- Snapshots from Istanbul. Poems. August 31, 2009. Peepal Tree Press. Yorkshire: England.
- Writers Who Paint/Painters Who Write: Three Jamaican Artists. Non-fiction. October 20, 2007. Peepal Tree Press. Yorkshire: England.
- The River’s Song. Novel. April 4, 2007. Peepal Tree Press. Yorkshire: England.
- Fauna. Poems. July 10, 2006. Peepal Tree Press. Yorkshire: England.
- My Mother Who Is Me: Life Stories From Jamaican Women in New York. Non-fiction. June 9, 2006. Africa World Press. Trenton: New Jersey.