I earned a Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in May 2011. My concentration was on contemporary literature; I especially enjoyed studying poetry of the later 20th and 21st centuries. My Master’s thesis, “Renewing Eros, Restoring Poetry: The Influence of Robert Lowell on Seamus Heaney’s Marriage Poems,” examined how Lowell’s conjugal love poems influenced Heaney’s fusion of erotic and agapic love in his own poems on marriage. I also wrote an undergraduate honors thesis at UC Berkeley. The title of that work is “‘Drawing Together Incompatibles’: The Juxtaposition of the Female Body with Images of Violence in Medbh McGuckian’s Poetry.” Excerpts of both theses are available upon request.
In addition to my two theses, I have written an extensive number of essays and papers on other areas of literature. I have also produced creative writing–mostly poetry– and creative nonfiction.
I currently work as a freelance editor for LadyLUX, an online fashion magazine and blog (a “blagazine”) that focuses on the intersections of technology, philanthropy and environmental sustainability in the high-fashion industry.
The Daily Californian is UC Berkeley’s independent student newspaper. I wrote for the Arts & Review Section from Fall 2004 through Spring 2006.
- Eleven Eyes, Depth Perception (Album Review), October 7, 2004
- Ian Moore, Luminaria (Album Review), October 14, 2004
- Acoustic Syndicate, Long Way Round (Album Review), October 21, 2004
- Ari Hest, Someone to Tell (Album Review), October 28, 2004
- The dZihan Orchestra, Live in Vienna (Album Review), November 8, 2004
- Music from The Spongebob Square Pants Movie (Album Review), November 18, 2004
- The Sights, The Sights (Album Review), April 14, 2005
- Poetry Band, Exit (Album Review), May 19, 2005
- Anti-Crusader (Interview & Performance Review of Hilary Hahn), October 31, 2005
- Small, Slow Steps Toward Abolishing the Death Penalty (Editorial) March 4, 2005
Berkeley Political Review is UC Berkeley’s only nonpartisan political magazine. I wrote for the quarterly publication from Fall 2004 through Spring 2008.
- Against the Grain: Genetically Modified Foods in Developing Countries, Fall 2004 – Vol. 4, 1
- Facing Westward: Iran is turning to Europe to negotiate its nuclear ambitions, Winter 2005 – Vol. 4, 2
- Evaluating Eminent Domain: The Supreme Court weighs in…again, Fall 2005 – Vol. 5, 1
- Torture is Unacceptable, Winter 2006 – Vol. 5, 2
- Mayoral Takeover of LA Schools, Fall 2006 – Vol. 6, 1
- After the Election, Winter 2007 – Vol. 6, 2
- Super Duper Tuesday, Spring 2007 – Vol. 6, 3
- Water Politics are Hot Again, Fall 2007 – Vol. 7, 1
- Healthcare: The Outlook for ’08, Winter 2008 – Vol. 7, 2
- Eminent Domain Reforms Spark a Backlash, Summer 2008 – Vol. 7, 3