Welcome to my webpage!
Let me tell you about myself: I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington, Tacoma where I teach courses in writing and literature, such as Introduction to Academic Writing, Argument and Research, Varieties of Literary Criticism, and Literature and Other Arts. Throughout my career at UW Tacoma, students, staff, and faculty have inspired me, challenged me, and encouraged me. It is an honor and privilege to collaborate with my colleagues to build a university that is committed to equity and access to excellence for all students.
I received my Ph. D. from the University of Tennessee in 1989 where I focused on Modern British Literature, an interest reflected in my first book set to be published in 2017, entitled The Evolutionary Power of Stories: Virginia Woolf and Literary Darwinism. I do not have a link to the McFarland website yet, but stay tuned!
My avocation is singer-songwriter: I grew up playing the piano, got a degree in music and then decided to shift my focus to literature. Since 2009, I’ve been learning to play the guitar and started writing songs. Open mics have been my classroom, and I’ve met many wonderful, hardworking, generous musicians who have taken me under their wing. I would describe my style as Americana–this allows me the freedom to explore different styles and genres. My first full-length CD, Little Queenie, is available for both digital download and hard copy on CD Baby. Please see my music page for the link to the website.
This homepage will feature a blog, which I will update weekly with snippets about teaching, writing, music, and other things. I will also be updating my other pages with developments as need be. Click here for a link to my other blog, “A Few Loose Ends, Bits, and Pieces.” I will be updating that page as well!
Have a look around!