Death may be the great equalizer, but not all deaths are created equal.
I am currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing. My PhD project will culminate in a collection of creative nonfiction essays that explore inequalities in death and dying, particularly as experienced by the homeless and very poor. I’m looking at both end-of-life care with regards to health disparities at end of life including access to EOL care, agency/choice and dignity, and post-death options including both burial/disposition and memorialization/naming.
I have had the honor of being a part of and leading some fabulous writing projects over the years. Here are some of the highlights!
- May 2019: Co-developed, organized, and facilitated Death Writes: A Reading & Writing on Death & Dying Symposium. This was a joint venture, with my two PhD supervisors, Dr. Elizabeth Reeder and Dr. Naomi Richards, to engage the public in a discussion on death and dying that centered around reading related texts and engaging in creative writing activities. See details in this blog post:
- 2019: As a Hunterian Associate with the University of Glasgow, I researched the Dance with Death collection, housed in the university library’s Special Collections. I then facilitated a lovely group of creative writers to create some inspiring writing in response to the Dance with Death Images. Check out their work below:
- 2017: Led a class in the Writing Cafe sat Rosie’s Place in Boston, Massachusetts, full of engaging, intelligent, and amazing women with the most impressive stories. The theme was “Powerful Voices.” Our six weeks of work culminated in a final publication and reading party, where many of the women shared their pieces with their classmates and staff at Rosie’s Place.
- 2015: Taught creative writing workshops in Fresno, California, on the topic of “home”. Below you will find a link to the PDF, Fresno Stories, the collection of writing that from those who attended the workshops.
- 2014: Co-taught a creative writing class at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow, Scotland. Over ten weeks the students wrote and we collected that writing to create a one-off journal of inspiring and engaging writing. The students helped revise their work, and make editorial decisions on placement of writing and what artwork to include, which was generously donated by artists from around the world.
- Once upon a time I had a food blog, but then things got super busy and I grew tired of photographing my dinner.
- “How Can Death be the Great Equalizer in the Face of the Inequality?“
- – University of Glasgow End of Life Studies Blog, Jun 8, 2020
- “Evaporate” – Metafore Literary Magazine, Spring 2019
- “Pushing Up Mare’s Tails: Using Creative Writing and the Essay to Argue for Access to the Good Death & Dignity in Death for All.” Paper presented at the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) at the University of Bath, June 2018,
- “Book Review” of The Gay Science: Intimate Experiments with the Problem of HIV by Kane Race, in Sociology of Health and Illness, Wiley, May 2018, ISSN 0141-9889, pp. 1-2, doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12750
- “Observations from a first Reading & Writing Death Workshop” – University of Glasgow End of Life Studies Blog, Feb 6, 2018.
- “Pushing Up Mare’s Tails” – CemeteryTravel.com, Feb 19, 2016.
- “Period Calendar” – Spry Literary Journal, Issue 1, January 2013.
- “In Defense of Beards” – Fat City Review, Fall 2013 (journal no longer in publication).
- “When Zombies Attack” – From Glasgow to Saturn, Issue 33, pg 35, March 2014.
- “Endless Sunsets” – Scottish Book Trust, Stories of Home, Spring 2014.
- My working memoir, “Greetings from Fresno” was long-listed for Mslexia’s 2014 Women’s Memoir Competition, Fall 2014.