I've taught English, and particularly the "Poetry Workshop" classes, at Stuyvesant High School, a Title 1 Magnet school in New York City, since 2001.
In 2012, I received my PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a focus on Shakespeare and poetics. In 2013, I created and taught two week-long workshops for teachers: "Conquering the Blank Page: Poetry as a Teaching Tool," a summer P-Credit course at Poets House, and "The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers," a summer institute for classroom teachers of creative writing.
My own poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and on NPR.
The two things I love most about my job are the stories I hear from my students, many of whom are first and second generation immigrants and thus carry stories from all over the five boroughs and all over the globe, and the ways they have taught me about writing. I am not kidding when I say that I used every single thing my ninth graders taught me about writing to complete my dissertation!