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EDUCATION

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, 2005
ENG 693 Teach College Composition; ENG 667 Caribbean Literature; ENG 504 Forms in Poetry; ENG 505 Forms in Fiction; ENG 710 Master’s Thesis
GPA 3.970

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Bachelors of General Studies, 2003
GPA 3.413

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Ben Gamla Preperatory Academy, English Teacher 
Miami, FL | 2016 – Present
Courses: MJ Langauge Arts 8th Grade, ELA 9th Grade, ELA 10th Grade and AP English.
Committees: Curriculum, Faculty and Outcomes.
Responsibilities: Engender a learning environment which challenges and enhances the learning potential of students while meeting the Language Arts Florida Standards set forth by the state; Collaborate with colleagues and develop interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning with inclusion of technology and one-on-one relationships.

Miami Dade College, Adjunct & Writing Center Tutor
West & Wolfson Campus, FL | 2006 – Present
Courses: Creative Writing, ENC1101 English Composition I – Contemporary Issues, ENC1102 English Composition II – Introduction to Literature, ENC0021 College Prep Writing and Writing Center Tutor (West Campus).
Responsibilities: Engender a learning environment which challenges and enhances the learning potential of all students, with an emphasis on native and second language students; develop interdisciplinary teaching and learning activities that blend technology with group and one-on-one activities.

Arts for Learning/ArtWorks, Writing Intructor & Creative Writing/Digital Storytelling Instructor 
Wynwood/Coconut Grove, FL | 2013 – Present
Courses: Lead school-year writing course for student interns (Arts For Learning year-round program; lead summer-intensive creative writing cooperative (ArtWorks summer internship program).
Responsibilities: Create course curriculum for both year-round and summer-intensive programs that includes creative, academic and professional writing projects; Engage young hearts and minds through the writing process; Engender 21st century professional skills through collaboration, communication and execution of projects; Facilitate public speaking; Organize exhibitions and performances; Mentor youth for post-secondary education opportunities.

Barry University, Adjunct
Fort Lauderdale, FL | 2010 – 2016
Courses: ENG111 First Year Composition; ENG210 Introduction to Literature; 303 Introduction to Creative Writing; BLS 299 Critical Approach to Liberal Studies
Responsibilities: Engender a learning environment which challenges and enhances the learning potential of all students, with an emphasis on native and second language students; develop interdisciplinary teaching and learning activities that blend technology with group and one-on-one activities.

Nova Southeastern University, Adjunct
Fort Lauderdale, FL | 2008 – 2014
Courses: COMP1000 Basic Writing, COMP1500 Intermediate Writing, COMP2000 Advanced Writing

University of Miami, Adjunct & Writing Center Tutor
Coral Gables, FL | 2005 – 2015
Courses: WGS 202, Introduction to Creative Writing 209, COMP 105, COMP 106, Writing Center Tutor

Saint Thomas University, Adjunct
North Miami, FL | 2011 – 2013
Courses: ENG100 Developmental Writing & ENG11 English Composition

Project L.E.A.P., Creative Communications Teacher
Miami, FL | 2012 – 2013
Courses: Communications Mentor

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Reading Queer, LLC, Founder & Executive Director
Miami, FL | 2012 – Present
Responsibilities: Oversee overall direction of the organization; Execute programming for the annual literary festival, in collaboration with the Miami Book Fair International, and the creative writing academy; Lead fundraising campaigns; Grant writing.

Center for Positive Connections, Board Member
Miami, FL | 2011 (1 year term)
Miami-Dade county non-profit dedicated to providing services to people living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Frivole Couture, Inc, Founder & Creative Director
Miami, FL 1994 – 2009
Responsibilities: Make executive decisions relating to finances, budgeting and marketing; Collaborate with creative team; Procure raw materials; Maintain factory and manage operations.

WRITING/EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

Knight Foundation KnightBlog, Writer
Miami, FL | 2010 – Present
Responsibilities: Pitch stories; Write weekly performance arts and culture related stories; Written over 400 previews, reviews and interviews with local, national and international arts & culture leaders.

Artburst Miami, Freelance Writer
Miami, FL | 2010 – Present
Responsibilities: Pitch stories; Write weekly performance arts and culture related stories; Written over 400 previews, reviews and interviews with local, national and international arts & culture leaders.

AWARDS & HONORS

2012 | Winner of a $30,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

2010 | Finalist, Firewheel Chapbook Award, Ars Magna for the Manifold Dimensions of Z.

2010 | Winner, Sentence Book Award, Sinead O’Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds.

2009 | Winner, Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Book Prize, Almost Dorothy.

2009 | Finalist, Octopus Books, Almost Dorothy.

2007 | Finalist, Elixir Press, Almost Dorothy.

2006 | Finalist, University of Wisconsin Press, Almost Dorothy.

2005 | Finalist, Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, Almost Dorothy.

2005 | Finalist, Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, Kent State University, Almost Dorothy.

PUBLICATIONS

Books & Chapbooks

An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards. Marsh Hawk Press, March 2013.

Two Thieves & a Liar. Jackleg Press, 2012. Co-authored with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass.

Sinead O’Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds. Firewheel Editions, 2011. Co-authored with Maureen Seaton. Winner, Sentence Book Award, 2010.

Almost Dorothy. Marsh Hawk Press. March, 2010. Winner, Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Book Prize, 2009.

Facial Geometry. Neo Pepper Press, 2006. Co-authored with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass.

Fiction & Creative Non Fiction Published in Literary Journals

”Sinead O’Connor.” Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses. Fall, 2012

“What Would Wonder Woman Do in a Crisis?” Dislocate. Fall, 2011.

”Search for Grace in Seven Parts.” Requited. June 2010.

”Minkowsian Space-time: The Geometry Of Meta.” Dogzplot. March 2010

A Song of Mass Destruction.” wtf pwm. March 2010.

”Ma Vie En Rose: My Life Wrapped in Cellophane.” Hobart Pulp. March 2010.

”Birth of Mama D.” Itch. Vol. 4, 2009.

Poetry Published in Literary Journals – Solo

2014

“It’s on Repeat”. Witness. Vol. XXVII No. 3 (Winter 2014).

“The Wolf”. Witness. Vol. XXVII No. 3 (Winter 2014).

2013

“Body at Rest”. Saw Palm. February, 2013.

“What Else is There?” and “Look, Mom I – II”. Anti-. February, 2013.

“Ganesha”, “Shiva” and “A Prayer for a Blue Cloud.” Tigertail. 2013.

2012

“Happy Up There.” Versal. Spring, 2012.

2011

“Their Fathers.” Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality. July, 2011.

2010

“Methusaleh’s Voice Over.” Fringe. Fall, 2010.

“M-Theory,” “Symplectic Geometry,” and “Riemannian Manifold.” Marsh Hawk Review. September, 2010.

“Vireo Gilvus.” Offending Adam. March 2010.

“The Virgin Queen Lost Her Head.” Shadyside Review. Issue 2, 2010.

“Ars Magna for Manifold Dimensions of Z” and “The Elegant Universe.” Pank. Issue 4, 2009.

2009

“The Archivist.” Killauthor. October, 2009.

“Casserole.” Nanoism. October, 2009.

“Paloma.” decomP. October, 2009.

“Poppycock.” Court Green, Spring 2009.

2008

“Especially, Death.” NoTellMotel.com, July 2008.

“Human Behavior,” scene360.com, 2008.

2007

“Abuelo & Abuela” and “Fleshtone.” Gulfstream, 2007.

“Aphorisms for Frida Kahlo,” “Why?” and “Works of Mercy.” 42opus.com, 2007.

“An Interview with, Neil de la Flor, a Flaming Courtesan.” Wet: A Journal of Proper Bathing, Issue 1, 2007.

“Memoir of a Barbed Wire Fence.” Hayden’s Ferry Review, 2007.

“Joey and the Banshee.” Sentence, Summer #5 2007.

2006

“Interview with Mr. de la Flor.” Court Green, 2006.

“Introduction.” Court Green, 2006.

“The Invisible Chromosome.” Barrow Street, Summer 2006.

“Skin.” Hotel Amerika, Spring 2006.

2005

“In Toto” and “Tennessee Williams Talks to Birds or I’m Talking to Birds.” 42opus.com, 2005.

“Closed Eyes/Universe.” Lodestar Quarterly, June 2005.

“The Exegesis of Grease, the Soundtrack.” LodestarQuarterly.com, June 2005.

“Interview with Maureen Seaton.” Scene360.com, February 2005.

Poetry Published in Literary Journals – Collaborations

2016

“The Duel”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Jai-Alai Magazine, Issue 3. 2016.

2013

“Red”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Leveler Poetry, December 2013.

2012

“Bird”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Fence, 2012.

“The Boat with the Boy’s Heart”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Verse Daily, 2012.

“Rex Galactica” and “The Starling”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Another Chicago Magazine, Spring/Summer, 2012
“The Historical Apple”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Mid-American Review, 2012.
“The Fishes”. The View from Here, 2012.
2011

“The Possessed Samaritan” & “Words of Mouth”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Sentence, 2011.

“Girlz & Boyz”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Quarter after Eight, 2011.
“The Tamiami Trail (Mix)”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Fringe, Issue 26. 2011.
“Aurora” and “Author’s Interview: Aurora”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. 2 Bridges Review (CUNY), 2011.
“Carnival Girl”, “The Raven King”, “Dog Study”, “Shu Shu” and Adrift. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Anti-, 2011.
2010
“Carnival Girl”, “The Raven King”, and “Dog Study, Shu, Shu, Adrift”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Anti-. Winter, 2011.

“Bird Brain II,” “Creature of Habit II,” a“A Dog Working,” “Talking Trash Vol. I,” and “Two Thieves and a Liar.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. No Tell Motel. December, 2010.

“The Ansonia Ghost,” “Blood Prophet,” “Boy In The Water,” “Flying Man,” and “Mythomania.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Frigg. Summer, 2010.

“Archaeologia.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. TriQuarterly Review. June 2010.

“Elegy for a Stingray.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass. Versal. March, 2010.

“Systematism” and “Hot Opera.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass. Artifice Magazine, February 2010.

“Immaculata”. Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Encyclopedia Vol 2 F-K, 2010.

2009

“The Betty Davis Mosh.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Coal Hill Review. Autumn, 2009.

“Sparkly Poem,” “Polyramble, Vulturerealm, Blamesyrup, Rhinovalues,” “Mercifully,”
“from the Cadillac Manuscript” and “The Value of Y.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass. Diode. 2009 Vol. 3 Number 1.

“Hurricane Floyd” and “Countdown.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Prairie Schooner. 2009.

“The Apocalypse” and “The Vandal Poem.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Zooland Poetry, 2009 Vol. 4.

“The Possessed Samaritan” and “Words of Mouth.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Sentence. 2009.

2008

“Subway Fresh,” “Lily,” “We Got Bored,” and “Precis.” Collaboration with Miguel Castro. Admit2.net, November 2008.

2007

“Sinead O’Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds,” “Pink,” and “Foxy is in the Tire Shop.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Court Green, 5. 2007.

“Fickle Myths.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Fickle Muses. 2007.

“Mithraic Hoax.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Cake. Summer, 2007.

“Z-A.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. H_NGM_N. 2007.

“Metempsychosis.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. La Fovea. 2007.

2006

“The End of Larry”. Collaboration with Denise Duhamel, Maureen Seaton & Kristine Snodgrass. Tusculum Review, Issue 2, 2006.

“Opera Bouffe,” “The Fourth Dimentia,” “Asphalt,” “Nut Jobs,” and “The Pekinese Journal.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton & Kristine Snodgrass. Admit Two, No. 14, Nov. 2006.

“Boat with a Boy’s Heart.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Gulfcoast, Summer 2006.

“Poem with a Canary,” “Poem without a Bed,” “Poem without a Pagoda,” and “Poem with a Failed Tornado.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Coconut 5, Summer 2006.

“Facial Geometry.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton & Kristine Snodgrass. Guernica, 2006.

“Pink Eye” and “Bi-Aquatic.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. LodestarQuarterly.com, Issue 17, Spring 2006.

“Towers of Palladium” and “The Sanctity of Life or How I Fell in Love With π.” Collaboration with Kristine Snodgrass. Can We Have Our Ball Back.com, January, 2006.

2005

“Floyd 2.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Three Candles, September 2005.

“The Holiness Code.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Three Candles, September 2005.

“Pilgrim Raids.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass. Three Candles, September 2005.

“The Coriolis Force.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton. Indiana Review, Volume 27, Number 1, 2005.

“The Holiness Code,” “Pilgrims Raid,” and “Floyd 2.” Collaboration with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass.

“Schrödinger’s Bones,” “Collaborators,” “Process,” and “Pars Pro Toto.” Collaboration with Cynthia Daffron and Mario Matus. Admit2, January 2005.

Photography

“When red was cool”. TheEEEL. 2016.

“Wraith”.Witness.Vol.XXVIINo. 2 (Summer 2014).

“When you’re gone.” BloodLotus. No.27.2013.

“The Black & White Series: Vol 1 – 3”. GulfStream. No.27.2007.

ART EXHIBITIONS & THEATER EXPERIENCE

7th All-Media Juried Biennial, 2015, Art & Culture Center of Hollywood.

The Mermaid Tear Factory/Fábrica de Lagrimas de Sirena
Miami @ Inkub8 Studios, September, 2010
Artists: Elizabeth Doud and Neil de la Flor
Multimedia meditation on the ways that mermaids, stingrays and Odessa (the mermaid Barbie) are confronting the phenomena of landfall, our pathological single use consumption, and the horrific, irreversible dilemma of massive plastics and petroleum pollution in our planet’s oceans.

CONFERENCES/FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS

MANCC Artist/Writer Convening. Florida State University. Tallahassee, FL June, 2016.

Association of Writing Professionals: “Two Can Play That Game: Techniques for composing collaborative poetry.” Minneapolis, MN 2015.

Knight Arts Challenge Grant, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, 2012.

Vermont Studio Center, Work Study Scholarship, 2005.

Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, 2004.

James Michener Creative Writing Fellowship, University of Miami, 2003 – 2005.

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