I am a writer, teacher, organizer and public speaker with a passion for social and environmental justice.
I earned my Ph.D in Comparative Literature at New York University in 1994, specializing in the politics of identity in 20th century testimonials and autobiographies by marginalized people from Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.
I am an associate professor of comparative literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where I teach world literature, gender studies, media studies, and environmental and social justice advocacy through writing and digital media strategies.
For more than a decade, I have directed a major annual conference in observance of International Women’s Day, and I am the founding director of the month-long, county-wide Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, now in its fourth season, with 58 events at 36 venues featuring more than 150 women presenting.
I edited two anthologies of world literature by women: Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean (South End Press, 2004), and African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) and have published and presented many papers on college campuses and at major conferences nationwide, on the politics and poetics of social and environmental justice in global women’s literature.
I am currently finishing up what I call an “environmental memoir” entitled What I Forgot: A Purposeful Memoir of Personal and Planetary Transformation. Its affiliated workshop will be launched in March 2014 at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.
The views expressed on this blog are the author’s alone and do not represent her employer or any other third party.