TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Lecture, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, California.
“Literary Lessons in Advertising,” Winter 2014-2015
Dismantled hierarchy between literature and advertising by proving that ad copywriting and campaign invention uses similar creative faculties as novel and poetry writing. Compared creative methodologies by esteemed authors who also wrote literature as well as adverting, including Salman Rushdie, Patricia Smith, Eudora Wetly, Kristin Hunter Lattany, and Dorothy Sayers. Visuals: PowerPoint, print advertisements, literary excerpts, and bibliography.

Committee Member, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, California
Writing Program Diversity Committee, Summer 2012-Winter 2015
Served on faculty committee. Provided search support. Co-founded student diversity club. Organized orientations and Fireside Chats.

Program Founder and Live Interview Moderator. Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, California
Diversity Fireside Chat with Rigoberto González and Brian Leung, Winter 2014-2015
The program examines the role of diversity in the writing careers of featured guests, and is an official curriculum offering of the Writing Program. Gonzalez is the author of fifteen books of poetry and prose, and the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. Leung is the author of Take Me Home, a recipient of a Willa Award for Historical Fiction, as well as World Famous Love Acts and Lost Men.

Program Founder and Live Interview Moderator. Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, California
Diversity Fireside Chat with LeAnne Howe and Martha Southgate, Summer 2014
The program examines the role of diversity in the writing careers of featured guests, and is an official curriculum offering of the Writing Program. Howe is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and founder of the American Indian Studies and English program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Southgate’s five novels, including Third Girl from the Left and The Taste of Salt, explore African-American identity.

Program Founder and Live Interview Moderator. Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, California
Diversity Fireside Chat with Jamaal May, Winter 2013-2014
The program examines the role of diversity in the writing careers of featured guests, and is an official curriculum offering of the Writing Program. May, a new hire of VCFA was the inaugural subject of the program. A Cave Canem Fellow and author of Hum (2013), May won a Beatrice Hawley Award and an American Library Association Notable Book Award.
Facilitator, Teen Writers Summer Workshop
“Reading and Writing Poetry and Prose: A College Preparation Program,” Summer 2012
Developed curriculum, marketed program to students in Greater San Gabriel Valley, and taught the 8-session workshop to high school and community college students.

Lecturer, Indelible Ink in the Schools, Greater Pasadena, California
“Creating and Performing Poetry and Prose,” March 2011-August 2013
Developed curriculum, collaborated with local high school teachers and administrators, and taught high school students attending The Hillside School in La Canada; and John Muir and, Blair high schools in Pasadena.

Guest Teacher, San Marino Montessori School, Pasadena, California
“Creating Your First Broadside: A Poetry Project,” September 2014
Led a two-day experiential project. Used found objects to inspire original poetry by K-1 students. Poems dictated for non-writers. Broadsides showcased at Open House.

Guest Teacher, Pacific Oaks Children’s School, Pasadena, California
“Andy Warhol Pop Art Class Project,” February-March 2012
Led a three-day experiential project based on Andy Warhol’s pop art hand prints. Helped students photograph a body part as self-portrait and enhance prints with acrylic, beads, and other media. Assembled portraits into a collage later sold at the annual school auction for $1,750.

Guest Lecturer, Upward Bound, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, California
“Radical Poetry Movements,” April 2009
Lead a session in the program. Provided background on the history of performance poetry and the National Poetry Slam, as well as the Beatnik, Black Mountain, Confessionalists, Harlem Renaissance, New York School, San Francisco Renaissance, and Urban poetry movements.

Teaching Assistant, Agape International Center, Culver City, California
“Practical Mysticism” assisting Dr. Reginald Gayle, D.D., August-December 2007
Collaborated on curriculum, met with students upon request, graded written work, managed electronic communications, and prepared handouts.

Teacher, Excellence in Education Academy (EIE), Monrovia, California
Elementary Mathematics, English, Science and Social Skills, August 2008-July 2010
Worked with EIE to develop curriculum for homeschool learners in Greater Pasadena. Taught courses to adoptive children planning to enter the traditional school system. Integrated private arts and recreation courses from KidsArt, Pasadena Civic Ballet, and Armory Center for the Arts.

Workshop Co-Leader, Afternoons on Performance Poetry Tour
“Performing Poetry” with Dr. Michael Brown, Regie Gibson, Saul Porter, and Anthony Rucker, April 2000
Collaborated on curriculum and taught college students at Mt. Ida College, Regina-Salve University, Harvard University, and Howard University.

Workshop Co-Facilitator, Broadside Press, Detroit, Michigan
“Word and Sound” with Regie Gibson, November 1999
Prepared curriculum with experimental exercises, reviewed manuscripts, and led discussion of literary and performance techniques.

Workshop Leader, Rutland, Vermont
“Poetry and Short Fiction Live,” November 1999
Prepared curriculum and taught college students as part of The Soundings Program at Castleton State College.

Inside Out Literary Arts, Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan
Poet in Residence, June 1999
Prepared curriculum and taught students at Henry Ford and Cass Technical High Schools.

Workshop Facilitator, Dexter High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
“Using Poetry to Craft Literature, Debate and Forensics,” March 1999
Prepared curriculum and taught course to high school students.

Facilitator, Kuumba Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, California
“Coping with Performance Blocks,” March 1999
Prepared curriculum and taught course to community youth.

Teaching Assistant to Kelly Morgan, The Bodhi Tree, Los Angeles California, The Bodhi Tree, Los Angeles California
“The Artist Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity—12 Week Intensive,” September-November 1998
Registered students, led break-out sessions, and participated in marketing activities.

Teaching Assistant to Kelly Morgan, The Bodhi Tree, Los Angeles California
“Creative Life Workshop—12 Week Intensive,” February-April 1997
Registered students, led break-out sessions, and participated in marketing
activities.

Creative Writing Workshop, Post Office Theater, London, UK
Poet in Residence, October-November 1997
Read and evaluated manuscripts, and led creative writing workshop discussion sponsored by Farrago Poetry Black History Tour.