Writing & Translation
In 2008, while attending the University of Rhode Island, I received an award from the Academy of American Poets for a piece entitled "That Time Grandpa Buckles Had Mad Cow Disease". During my time at URI, I also participated in the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference, where I had the chance to meet with and study alongside published writers.
I understand language. This is what I have to offer. For years, I have studied words -- broken them down, discovered their meanings, and used them to my advantage. A line of poetry. A verse of longing. A whisper from the ones we love. Language can be a way in, or an escape route, or a weapon that could destroy this world or heal it. I know what words can do and, more importantly, I know how to use them.