I was born on February 26, 1970 in Newport Beach, California and raised in Orange County. While navigating (badly) through a sea of teen angst I was shipped off to reform school, an experience that inspired my first book, Reform at Victory (published in 2008). As an adult I moved to the Bay Area to study Film and Creative Writing at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. After five memorable years in the Bay Area, I headed north to Oregon where I accepted a writing/editing position with Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB.) After four rewarding years working in public radio, I resigned to accomplish some personal goals: finish my book and return to school. My publishing credits include: World Kid Magazine, Listen Magazine, Freethought Today, Corvallis Gazette-Times, OPB Member Guide, Willamette Freethinker, The Peaceworker, International Library of Poetry, The Alchemist, The Daily Barometer, Alternatives Magazine, HEAL, Creative Highway, and The Commuter, where I also served as a Copy Editor while attending community college. In addition to being a student and promoting my book, I'm interested in turning Reform at Victory into a movie. More at www.ReformAtVictory.com
I hold diverse interests when it comes to reading. I have read and enjoyed offerings from David Sedaris, Julia Scheers, Linda Carroll, Amy Sedaris, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, JK Rowling, Sam Harris, CS Lewis, Charles Darwin, Christine de Pisan, Gloria Fiero, Voltaire, Montaigne, Mary Wollstonecraft, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Charles Dickens and Emily Dickinson.
The funniest book I have ever read is Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I read it cover to cover while in bed with the flu. I laughed so hard I thought I cracked a rib and I became concerned for my own safety.
I am thinking of two different non-fiction works: one would be a book of poetry. The other might be a collection of and a tribute to feminist writers going back to the middle ages. The women who risked everything so that I can have equality today. I am quite certain I would have been done away with back then. I'm sure I'll have a better idea of what I may want to write after I get into more writing classes at Portland State University in the women's studies program. Who knows where that might take me. I'm ready for the adventure.
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I love to listen to music (fave band is Bad Religion), go to shows, walk on the beach, watch documentaries, hang out in the city (Portland and San Francisco are my faves), do yoga, eat sushi, read, watch comedy, and I love being a student. The only thing that can never be taken from you is your education. I want to be a lifelong learner. I am interested in teaching Humanities one day. And of course, I love to write. I'd like to start writing more poetry. My secret fantasy is to do an author event on the open sea, on a cruise! I love the ocean and find it healing and powerful.
The Separation of Church and State. I was just interviewed by Barry Lynn and was a guest on his radio program Culture Shocks. His organization, Americans...
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