• More than fifteen years of community college level teaching and lecturing experience
  • Twenty-plus years of editing experience
  • Twenty-plus years of group facilitation experience in California communities
  • Areas of teaching competence: Advanced Composition, College Composition, College Writing, Practical Communication, Developmental Writing, Writing Skills, Creative Writing, College Literary Magazine, Service Learning, and American, Children’s Literature, British Literature, and World Literature
  • Computer literacy: MS Office Suite, Adobe Design Suite, Googledocs and Google Classroom, Blackboard, D2L, Canvas, Turnitin, VeriCite, WordPress, Internet research tools, and website development



  • Professor, Multi-level Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature Courses, Cosumnes River College, January 2002 to Present
  • Professor, Creative Writing, Sacramento City College, Summers of 2002 to 2006
  • Professor, Reading and Writing Center, Cosumnes River College, January 2004 to May 2004, Summer 2004, and Fall 2006 to Present
  • Participant, Developmental Writing and College Writing Holistic Grading Sessions, Cosumnes River College



  • Coordinator, Tahoe/Colonial Collaborative, Colonial Park Arts and Recreation Effort, Sacramento, CA, September 2006 to 2011 (Volunteer)
  • Program Coordinator, Center for Collaborative Planning, Public Health Institute, Sacramento, CA, October 1997 to June 2006



  • Masters, English, Writing Emphasis, California State University, Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, University of California, Davis



  • CanInnovate 2017, technology workshops, Summer 2017
  • California Acceleration Project Community of Practice Training, Summer 2017
  • Tim Wise Equity Training, Sacramento City College, March 2017
  • Los Rios Promise Summit, January 2017
  • Online Canvas Training, Spring 2017
  • Hands-on In-person Canvas Training, Spring 2017
  • California Acceleration Project Pre-conference Sessions, March 2017
  • Not Any More: Violence Intervention and Prevention, Fall 2016
  • Sacramento City Management Academy, Spring 2015
  • Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, Intermediate through Advanced Spanish and cultural workshops: cooking, ceramics, mask-making, piñata-making, painting, weaving, film, conversation, Summers 2009 to 11, 13 and Fall 2012
  • Associated Writing Programs Conference, Winter 2014, Seattle; Winter 2015, Minneapolis; Winter 2016 Los Angeles
  • Preparing Your Online Course for Accreditation, Spring 2015
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, April 2015 and April 2017
  • Teaching on the Move: Integrating Student’s Smart Phones and Tablets into your Courses, @ONE Desktop Seminar, Spring 2015
  • Beyond Online Teaching: Virtual Presentation Skills, @ONE Desktop Seminar, Spring 2015
  • Mini Symposium on Effective Teaching and Culturally Responsive Instruction, Sacramento City College, Spring 2011
  • Umoja Conference, Sacramento City College, Fall 2011
  • Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, Writing Poetry in Spanish, Summers 2014 to Present
  • Public Service Ethics Education, Online Training, Fall 2006 to Summer 2014
  • On Course Training, Summer 2011
  • Web 2.0 Powerful Tools to Transform Teaching and Learning, University of LaVerne, Summer 2013
  • Punctilious Punctuation, University of LaVerne, Summer 2013
  • Motivating Difficult Students, University of LaVerne, Summer 2013
  • Project Inform, University of San Diego, Summer 2013
  • Writing Across the Curriculum, California State University Sacramento, Summer 2012
  • Arts Integration: The Kennedy Center Approach, Fall 2011
  • Basic Skills Regional Meeting, June 2008
  • Teaching at Its Best Seminar; nine-week hybrid session, facilitated the session on technology in the classroom, March to May 2008
  • Desire 2 Learn Training, Training on Desire to Learn, May 2008
  • CSUS Art Education Faire, March 2008
  • Interest Based Approach training through LRCCD, November 2005
  • Appreciative Inquiry Workshops, August 2005
  • English Language Learners Institute at CRC, June 2005
  • Participated in A Workshop on Communicating with Limited-Literacy Audiences through AstraZeneca, June 2005
  • Travel to Panama Canal, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Canada, England, France, Scotland, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Hawaii, cross-country drive to historical sites in US, including Center High, the Oklahoma City Memorial, national parks, Graceland, etc.



  • Presenter, “Choosing Your Words to Get Your Way: Negative Messaging,” CalGeo Annual Conference, April 2017
  • Presenter, “Getting the Job: Persuasive Writing Techniques,” CalGeo Annual Conference, April 2017
  • Presenter, “Creating an Artist’s Statement,” CRC Professional Development, Spring 2017
  • Presenter, “Six-Word Memoirs,” CRC Professional Development, November 2016
  • Facilitator, “Writing and Healing,” CRC Professional Development, November 2016
  • Presenter, “Graphophobia: Fear of Writing,” CRC Flex Day, Fall 2016
  • Keynote Speaker, Our Life Stories, Spring 2016
  • Presenter, Lifelong Learning Panel, CRC Convocation, Fall 2015
  • Panelist, “How to Write a Winning Sabbatical Application,” Professional Standards Workshop, Fall 2015
  • Poetry Workshop Series Facilitator, for CHOICES day program for the developmentally disabled, January to April 2015
  • Guest Speaker, CRC Patrons, April 2015
  • Co-Presenter with Kakwasi Somadhi of Luncheon Keynote, Our Life Stories, April 2014
  • Presenter, Various Poetry Readings: October 2016 for Sacramento Voices, October 2016 at Logos Books, Fall 2014 at the Sacramento Poetry Center for their 35th anniversary Celebration; Fall 2013 with Albert Garcia at Logos Books; May 2014 Avid Reader, etc.
  • Co-Founder and facilitator, Campus Creative Writing Group, Write Now, Fall 2014 to Present
  • Facilitator and Translator, “Ecoalebrijes: The Art and Culture of the Artisans of Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico,” Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, and Fall 2016
  • Presenter, “Oaxaca Sabbatical Presentation,” Fall 2013 Convocation
  • Co-Presenter, “Short Story Workshop,” Spring 2013
  • Presenter, “Blogging: A Tool for the Classroom and Beyond Presentation,” Spring 2013
  • Presenter, “Publishing Workshop,” Our Life Stories, Spring 2011
  • Speaker with Congresswoman Matsui, Sacramento City Councilmember Kevin McCarty, and SCUSD Superintendent Raymond, April 2010
  • Presenter, Young Authors Camp at Fairytale Town, Summer 2007 and Summer 2008
  • Presenter, “The Gifted Facilitator,” California Department of Health Services, Tobacco Control Section, January 19, 2006 and February 17, 2006
  • Presenter, “Fundraising 101,” First 5 Sacramento, December 2005
  • Presenter, “Collaborative Leadership: Maximizing Our Potential for Change,” Center for Injury Prevention Policy & Practice, Workshop Presenter, October 2005
  • Presenter, “Progresando Juntos: Agricultural Worker Convening,” Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Facilitator of Policy Discussion, August 2005
  • Presenter, “Focusing on Our Communities,” Neighborhoods USA 30th Annual Conference, Workshop Presenter, May 2005
  • Keynote Address, Regional Collaboration for Arts Education Conference, May 2005
  • Presenter, Policy and Advocacy Focus, CSUS, November 2004, April 2005
  • Poster Session, “Arts in Mental Health and Health Care,” California Institute for Mental Health, Cultural Competence and Mental Health Summit XII, October 2004
  • Facilitator, Stanislaus County Planning Retreat, May 2004
  • Facilitator, Department of Health Services Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Forum, Sacramento, CA, February 2004, and Fresno, CA, March 2004
  • Presenter, “Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility,” Women’s History Week 2004
  • Presenter, “Integrating Arts into Your Curriculum,” CSUS, November 2003
  • Presenter, “Policy and Advocacy Strategies for Educators,” CSUS, October 2003
  • Presenter, “Telling Your Community’s Story,” Cosumnes River College Staff Development, April 2003
  • Teleconference Training Facilitator, “Bridging the Divides: A Very Silent Auction,” March 2003
  • Facilitator and Presenter, “Leadership in a Multicultural Society Retreat,” Spring and Fall 2003-2005
  • Facilitator, Archstone Falls Prevention Conference, Sacramento, CA, February 2003
  • Facilitator, California Health Disability Program (CHDP) Stakeholders Forum to Advocate for Safety Net Programs in the May Revise, Sacramento, CA, March 2002
  • Presenter, “Harnessing the Internet as a Powerful Communication Tool,” March 2002
  • Teleconference Training Facilitator, “Focusing on Our Communities,” Community Partnerships for Healthy Children Initiative, February to March 2002
  • Presenter, “Harnessing the Internet as a Powerful Tool for Local Communities,” San Diego, CA, January 2002
  • Presenter, “Women’s Health Leadership: A Statewide Movement, Fostering Leadership and Change in Our Communities,” 2001 Annual Conference, Northern California Society of Public Health Educators, San Francisco, CA, September 2001
  • Facilitator, “Project Help 2nd Annual Summit Mobilizing Against Substance Abuse,” Sacramento, CA October 2001
  • Presenter, “Telling Your Community’s Story,” San Mateo, CA, June 2001
  • Presenter, “Right Question Project,” Los Angeles, CA, August 2001
  • Presenter, “Collaborative Leadership,” Sacramento, CA, October 2001
  • Presenter, “Collaborative Leadership,” bilingual training, Venice, CA, May 2000
  • Facilitator and Presenter, Various poetry workshops for families



  • Author, weekly blogging at: shewhodaresnothing.wordpress.com
  • Contributor, CRC’s Green Scene, Sept/Oct 2013, Feb/Mar 2015, Nov/Dec 2015, and Nov/December 2015
  • Contributor, Fundación en Via blog, December 2012, July 2015
  • Reader, Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets, http://www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com/spc-press/late-peaches-poems-by-sacramento-poets-2012-anthology-edited-by-bob-stanley/
  • Founding Managing Editor, Cosumnes River Journal, Spring 2007 to Present
  • Editor, Colonial Heights Library’s Monthly Newsletter, Winter 2012 to Present
  • Editor, The Neighborhood News, neighborhood quarterly newsletter delivered to 3,000 homes, August 2006 to August 2011
  • Faculty Support, The Voice, a student social justice publication Spring 2010 to Spring 2011
  • Managing Editor, Poetry Now (a monthly literary review and calendar), April 1995 to August 2004
  • Managing Editor, The Sacramento Anthology: 100 Poems, 2001-2002
  • Editor, A companion curriculum to The Sacramento Anthology: 100 Poems
  • Editor, Forklore: Celebrating the food and stories of our culture, a recipe book, Fall 2003
  • Editor, Recipes We Know by Heart: Celebrating the food and stories of our culture, a recipe book, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, and Fall 2005
  • Author, The California Endowment Semi-Annual Mental Health Grantee Convening Reports, June 2002, January 2003, August 2003, and February 2004
  • Author, The California Endowment Agricultural Worker Health Program Semi-Annual Reports, June 2002, February 2003, August 2003, and January 2004
  • Author, “Women’s Health Leadership Mobilizes Cross-Cultural Grassroots Women Leaders to Promote Health and Social Justice in California,” American Journal of Public Health, April 2002
  • Author, “Profiles in Brief: Learning from Emerging Women’s Health Leaders,” E-Research Newsletter, Volume 6, Number 1
  • Author, cover endorsement/testimonial for Coming Forth by Day by Kakwasi Somadhi, December 2014; The Warrior King by Claudia Epperson, May 2005; The Miracle Shirker by Bradley W. Buchanan, Spring 2005; Words Like Knives, Like Feathers by JoAnn Anglin, Summer 2004; The Practice of Poetry by Laverne and Carol Frith, Pony Fish by Nancy Wahl, David Lee Holman, and Ron Peat
  • Author, numerous grant and project proposals and progress and final reports to funders and other stakeholders
  • Author, numerous articles as a columnist with The Desert Sentinel, Desert Hot Springs, CA, a reporter with The Atascadero News, Atascadero, CA, a contributor to The San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune, San Luis Obispo, CA, and a contributor to Because People Matter, Sacramento, CA



  • “Father’s Day Without Father;” “I Do Not Possess Flame;” “I wouldn’t know if the band;” “Diagnostic,” Sac Voices Anthology, Fall 2017, http://www.coldriverpress.org/index.htm
  • Silver, a chapbook, I Street Press, Fall 2014
  • “Hiking” I Street Omnibus Sampler, 2012
  • “Advice to a New Co-Worker: What I have learned in the hennery,” Chrysanthemum  (Spring 2002)
  • “After 9/11,” We Beg to Differ: An Anthology for Peace
  • “After sending poems out,” Manzanita: Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra, Vol. 5
  • “Almost June, Bolinas,” In Sublette’s Barn
  • “August 30, Davis, around 11:30pm,” The CSUS Catchword Collection (Spring 1995, CSU, Sacramento)
  • “Best friend’s getting married,” One Dog Press, Volume 3, Number
  • “The Cocktail Waitress,” One Dog Press, Volume 3, Number 2
  • “The Concert,” Poems-For-All series #125, Sac Free Press
  • “Crane,” Poems-For-All series #123, Sac Free Press
  • “Disbelief,” One Dog Press, Volume 3, Number 2
  • “Five Buttons,” Poems-For-All series #125, Sac Free Press
  • “full of light,” Sustenance: A Journal of Conscious Spirituality
  • “Getting Up In Winter,” Plainsongs, Volume 21, Number 2
  • “Hangover,” Undercurrents: A Faculty Literary Review, Volume 9, Number 1
  • “Harvest,” Because People Matter (March/April 2005)
  • “Honey,” Jewel of the Valley: A California Anthology (Blue Moon Press)
  • “How he tricked her into loving,” Twilight Ending
  • “It is Cold,” Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry (Fall/Winter 2001)
  • “Married,” In Sublette’s Barn
  • “Meteor Shower,” Undercurrents: A Faculty Literary Review, Volume 9, Number 1
  • “Moth Hunting,” Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry (Fall/Winter 2001)
  • “My lover misunderstands me,” Poetry Motel
  • “Name Her Saga or Queen of the Fairies,” Undercurrents: A Faculty Literary Review, Volume 9, Number 1
  • “Nearing Spring,” Undercurrents: A Faculty Literary Review (Volume 9, Number 1)
  • “Off Stage,” Jewel of the Valley: A California Anthology (Blue Moon Press)
  • “On the Verge of War,” We Beg to Differ: An Anthology for Peace (24th Street Irregular Press)
  • “What I Have Lost,” Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry (Fall/Winter 2001)
  • “Where Does Reason Reside,” Light in the Dark Foundation newsletter
  • “Why I must sing so loud, so late,” California Quarterly (Volume 24, Number 1)
  • “The Woman Finds Herself Making Faces,” Sustenance: A Journal of Conscious Spirituality
  • “You bad-mouthed me all over town,” One Dog Press (Volume 3, Number 2)
  • “You Don’t Know What It’s Like in My Mind,” The Poet’s Guild (May/June 1996)
  • “10 Hours to the Next Rest Stop,” The Poet’s Guild (May/June 1996)



  • Member, Cultural Competence and Equity Committee, Fall 2016 to Present
  • Member, CRC Smoking Standards Task Group, Spring 2016 to Fall 2017
  • Reviewer, City Management Academy Applications, Spring 2016
  • Faculty Advisor, Cosumnes River College Students for a Sustainable Future, Fall 2015
  • Co-Coordinator, Monthly Creative Writing Prompt Group, Fall 2014 to Present
  • Participant, Measure B (Be There for Libraries) Campaign, Spring 2014
  • Facilitator, Digital Art Gallery, Colonial Heights Library, Fall 2014 to Present
  • Participant, Online Teaching Research Project, Spring 2014
  • Participant, Accreditation Standard II, Spring 2014 to Spring 2016
  • Founder and Weekly Coordinator, Home Depot Language Intercambio, weekly plein air language exchange with migrant workers and students, Spring 2013 to Present
  • Collaborator, A Collaborative Rhetorical Expansion of Argumentation Curriculum Between English and Communication Studies to Promote Student and Teacher Interaction, Spring 2013
  • Contributor, A Collaborative Rhetorical Expansion of Argumentation Curriculum Between English and Communication Studies to Promote Student and Teacher Interaction, CASSL grant, Spring 2013
  • Volunteer, Oaxaca Street Children, Summer 2013
  • Panelist, 201214 Cultural Arts Awards Panel, Public Art Panelist, Microgrant Panelist, and other panels
  • President, Colonial Heights Friends of the Library, Winter 2012 to Summer 2017
  • Volunteer, Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art, Fall 2012
  • Member, Food Service Advisory Committee, September 2011 to Present
  • Member, District Writing Skills Committee, 2011 to 15, Chair 2013 to 2014,
  • Volunteer, Fundacion Envia, English Instructor, Summer 2010 to 11, Fall 2012, Summer 2013 to Present
  • Chair, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Arts Education and Cultural Awards Committee, 2010 to 2014
  • Faculty Supporter, Entrepreneur Club fundraiser for survivors of the Haiti earthquake with Muslim Student Association, Fall 2010
  • Member, CRC Academic Senate, Fall 2010 to Spring 2012 and Spring 2013
  • Member, English Faculty Hiring Committee, Spring 2010 and Spring 2013
  • Community Coordinator, Tahoe Park Community Garden, Fall 2009 to Fall 2012
  • Member, Mayor Kevin Johnson’s For Art’s Sake Committee, May 2009 to 2012
  • Member, Arts Education Committee of the For Art’s Sake Initiative, July 2009 to May 2011
  • Faculty Advisor, Cosumnes River College Anime Club, Fall 2009 to Spring 2012
  • Member, Academy of American Poets, May 2008 to Present
  • Commissioner, appointed by Sacramento mayors Heather Fargo and Kevin Johnson, with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, 2008 to 2014
  • Founder and Coordinator, CRC Annual SHAREfair, a three-day celebration of philanthropy and community service, Fall 2007 to Fall 2016
  • Member, Social Responsibility Committee, Fall 2007 to Present
  • Chair, Planning Committee for the Our Life Stories Conference at Cosumnes River College, a collaboration with the local senior center, April 2007 to Present
  • Coordinator, Day of Silence, Spring 2007 to Spring 2015
  • Coordinator, CRC Season of Poetry Reading, 2007 to 2013
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), February 2006 to Present
  • Member, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), February 2006 to Present
  • Member, Arts Committee of the South Sacramento Coalition for Youth Leaders, September 2006 to 2009
  • Volunteer, Helping Hand Project on the Cosumnes River College Campus, Spring 2005
  • Member, Communities and Physicians Together, UC Davis Medical Center, September 2006 to 2009
  • Member, Arts Education Outreach Committee, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, April 2005 to June 2008
  • Member, Board of Directors, Rise Up Belize, January 2005 to June 2006
  • Co-Chair, 50th Anniversary Celebration Commemorating the Montgomery Bus Boycott, September to December 2005
  • Volunteer, Welcome Day Celebration at Sacramento City College, Fall 2005
  • Member, American Association of University Women, 2004
  • Faculty Advisor, Cosumnes River College Poetry Club, Fall 2004
  • Member, California Arts Advocates, 2003 to Present
  • Member, Women’s Health Care Partnership, 2003 to June 2006
  • Member, California Lecture Series Marketing Committee, 2003 to 2008
  • Member, Teachers and Collaborative, 2003 to Present
  • Member, Women’s History Week Committee, Cosumnes River College, Spring 2003, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2011, Spring 2012
  • Member, Northern California Society of Public Health Educators, 2001 to 2003
  • Member, MATRIX Arts, 2001 to 2003
  • Volunteer, Center for Community Health and Well-Being, 2001 to 2002
  • Member, Literature Alive!, 2000 to 2003
  • Member, Poet Laureate Committee, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, 2000 to June 2008
  • Member, Women’s Health Collaborative, 2000 to July 2005
  • Member and Past Poetry Contest Judge, Sacramento Friends of the Library, 1998 to Present
  • Member, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1994 to Present
  • Publications Intern, Cooperative Research and Extension Services for Schools (CRESS) Center on the UC Davis campus, Davis, CA, September 1992 to December 1992
  • Programming Intern, Classical Music Radio Station, KPSL (1010 AM), Palm Springs, CA, January 1989 to May 1989
  • Weekly Columnist Intern, The Desert Sentinel, Desert Hot Springs, CA, September 1986 to July 1989
  • Co-facilitator, English Faculty Roundtable, a D2L forum for sharing best practices for all levels of creative writing, composition, and literature, Ongoing
  • Listed in Poets and Writers Directory of Writers (www.pw.org)
  • Participant, Faculty Observations and substitute for colleagues



  • Awarded Type B Sabbatical: “Decade Two of the Cosumnes River Journal, Building Our Presence and Capacity,” Spring 2017
  • Crystal Apple Award, Fall 2014
  • Received recognition from National Public Radio for Home Depot Intercambio Project, Spring 2013
  • Awarded a Cultural Competence and Equity Committee Grant to present the art of Oaxacan Artisans (I worked with while on sabbatical Fall 2012), Fall 2013 and Fall 2014
  • Awarded Type A Sabbatical: “Code Switching: Spanish Immersion, English Instruction, and Social Service,” Fall 2012
  • Awarded CRC Foundation Mini Grant for “Turning Negatives into Positives: Learning from Cupcake Brown” in collaboration with a student, March 2010
  • Awarded a mini-grant from the Center for the Advancement of Staff and Student Learning to study online students in comparison with traditional modalities in regard to learning communities
  • Received CRC Senator’s Choice Award for college service, January 2010
  • Received The Association of California School Administrators Region 3 Award for Partners in Educational Excellence with the Tahoe/Colonial Collaborative, March 3, 2010
  • Nominated for an Award for Building Community for work with Sacramento’s underserved populations, December 2007
  • Awarded a grant to the First 5 Sacramento Commission, under their Community Building Initiative, $75,000, Fall 2007; grant renewed in 2010, $25,000
  • Secured $25,000 in funding from City Council for the implementation of a community garden and $5,000 from Lowe’s
  • Received $30,000 from the First 5 Sacramento Commission, March 2011 for community building project



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