When I was in third grade, I wrote an illustrated story about two girls named Monica and Michele, who became best friends and accidentally went to space. The teacher had all of our stories bound, and this was my first publication.
In college I wrote short stories, but in grad school, my stories got shorter and shorter until I had to admit they were poems. Ten years ago, I started writing fiction again, which led to connected stories, which led to a novel.
I am lucky enough to have a job that I love, teaching developmental reading and writing at a community college in the South Bronx. I live in Jackson Heights, Queens, with my husband, two kids and a dog.
I earned an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College in 1996.
My writing has appeared in the New York Times (a collaboration with my cartoonist husband), and numerous literary journals. Joyce Carol Oates selected my poem, "It Grows Wild Here," as a finalist for the 2005 Marjorie J. Wilson Award for Excellence in Poetry. My chapbook, "Terrible Person," was a finalist for the Caketrain Poetry Chapbook Contest in 2007, selected by Claudia Rankine.