Here's the philosophy behind my work.
My background in slam poetry taught me that poetry isn't necessarily about the poet. Rather, it's about the audience and the act of bringing people together to share an experience.
I am motivated by the communion that results from telling our own, and listening to others', stories. Participation causes us all to become bigger, more engaged, and self-aware.
Inclusive, Original Writing Courses
For more than a decade I’ve taught writing to students of all ages and abilities. I’ve designed creative writing curriculum for Native high school students at UmoNhoN Nation Public School in Macy, Nebraska and courses for first-generation college attendees through UNO’s Thompson Learning Community.
My experience in diverse educational settings has focused my teaching style. Student needs are at the center of my curriculum. Whether we’re writing personal essays, poems, or responses to reading — my students’ lives are treated as primary sources for their work. In my classroom students are asked to reflect on how their life experiences act as a lens through which they experience the world.
For COMMUNITY GROUPS
I believe anyone who is provided with some protected time, space, and guidance, can write a poem. No matter their age or ability, I’ve witnessed my workshop participants awaken to a real sense of discovery in the process of building their poems, as they take creative leaps in their thinking and their writing. I pride myself on building the kind of workshops that feel less like work and more like invitations to play.
I truly enjoy facilitating poetry writing workshops as part of corporate and non-profit team-building and networking sessions. My arts integration training equips me to facilitate conversations about how the creative process of writing can inform the work people do, regardless of their field. Individuals benefit from the chance to shift their thinking during a creative writing session. Groups benefit from articulating a group story, especially if they didn't think they had one.