I'm a poet, writer, independent scholar and educator living in Berkeley. Recent projects include curating an interdisciplinary program series called "The Poetics of Healing: Creative Investigations in Art, Medicine, and Somatic Practice" for The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. The project was awarded a Creative Work Fund grant and participants in the series included a diverse range of scholars, artists, and practitioners (from Alphonso Lingis, Raul Zurita, and Bhanu Kapil to Guy Micco, John Tercier, and Barbara Tedlock.) My first book, _Armies of Compassion_, was published by Palm Press in 2010 (http://www.palmpress.org/armiesofcompassion.html), and work has appeared or is forthcoming in Encyclopedia, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, The Capilano Review, Ecopoetics, Harvard Review, and the Chain Links book series, among other venues. Two books are currently in progress: a hybrid (poetic-critical) book drawing on "The Poetics of Healing" series, and a book-length poem which investigates ecology through Greek kinship and ritual landscapes. I studied comparative literature and Hellenic studies at Princeton, hold an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University at Buffalo. I teach rhetoric at the University of San Francisco and am on the faculty of the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College.
Why You Joined the Lab:
I found the Lab after attending the Balibar talk hosted by the Townsend Center this fall. It seems like a great way to learn and collaborate with other scholars/educators in the humanities, and reminiscent of what my colleagues and I do on the ground in an innovative humanities program at Bard College each year. It would be great to connect with local people as well.