My work as a coach is inevitably informed by my life as a poet, essayist, performer, and educator. As a student of literature, I earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University, and the study of narrative informs the creative scope of the programs I design for my clients. I am the author ofAftermath (2018), a poetry collection that poet Joan Larkin selected for The Word Works Hilary Tham Capital Collection. Since 2018, I have been the host and curator of Poetry/Cabaret, a bi-monthly “variety salon” performance series in New York City that brings together poets, comedians, and cabaret performers to share their responses to a common theme. Broadway World has called Poetry/Cabaret “a daring, edgy, and divinely human way of looking at art and artists.” With painter Valerie Mendelson, I am the co-creator of A Good Mixer, a text and visual hybrid project that imagines a virtual cocktail party in the form of paintings of people’s cocktails and poems representing the thoughts and desires of their drinkers.  In recent years, I have written and performed my “tragi-comic” monologues at a number of venues in New York City, including Ars Nova, The Duplex, Joe’s Pub, The Peoples Improv Theater, and Sid Gold’s Request Room. With PEN America’s Prison Writing Program, I have served as a judge for the Prison Writing Contest’s poetry panel and for the inaugural L’Engle-Rahman Award for Mentorship. A past recipient of the Norma Millay Ellis Fellowship in Poetry, from Millay Arts, I also received an Artist/Writer grant from The Vermont Studio Center. For over 25 years, I have lived in New York City, where I teach at The Brearley School and in Barnard College’s Pre-College Program.

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