words, words, words
Writing is my passion. My first professional writing gig (at the age of 12) was interviewing a Presidential candidate about nuclear disarmament. After being cleared by the U.S. Secret Service, I had a one-on-one interview with the candidate in his hotel room, filmed his speech, and then sat front row at the press conference where I was able to ask another question. I then walked to the motorcade with the candidate to continue our conversation. I couldn't have been happier. I was now a "real" journalist. The next day in the state's main newspaper, a reporter described me as a, "nervous little girl," and then went on a diatribe about the fact that I had taken valuable time away from the "real reporters" in attendance. My letter asking for a retraction and reminding them of the importance of checking facts was subsequently printed by that paper. I think I may have even used words such as "journalistic integrity." I was an odd child.
I have also worked as a screenwriter and have received awards at the Austin Film Festival, the Skyway Writer’s Festival, and the Mesa Writing Festival.
I have been teaching writing at UC San Diego since 2010. I have PhDs in Theatre from UC San Diego and in Drama from UC Irvine. I absolutely adore working with new generations of writers to find their own unique voices.
I have designed many new writing courses at the university including: The Art of the Manifesto; Cindy Sherman, The New Selfie, and the Dissolution of Privacy; Iconic Identities: Star Wars, Cosplay, and the Performance of Identity; The Real-World Multiverse: Photoshopping a New Reality; Photography and the Cult of Celebrity; Not Just Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem: Identity in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock; Performing Sexuality: Censorship and Power in Pop Culture; and Virgins,Vamps; and Flappers: Women in Film in the 1920s.
I have also served as a screenwriting judge for the Austin Film Festival and the Catalina Film Festival. I currently work doing coverage for the Austin Film Festival to help develop the next generation of screenwriters.
Outside of writing, I have a passion for photography.
I have photographed celebrities and executives, astronauts and rockstars. My work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Genii, and the San Francisco Gate.
I shoot entirely on film using vintage cameras. My 35mm camera of choice is a 1955 Leica M3. For medium format, my main camera is a 1971 Hasselblad 500 CM. For large format, I shoot a 1951 Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphic 4×5 and a 1923 Eastman 2D 8×10.
5 Random Facts
Writes a minimum of 1500 words a day, every day. No exceptions.
Has rolled with jiu-jitsu master Ryron Gracie (and lasted about two seconds)
Can escape from a straightjacket
Fenced a five-time Olympian épéeist in a national competition
Played guitar backstage with Pearl Jam