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A native New Yorker, I have never lived in Manhattan or even Brooklyn. Instead, I’ve moved around quite a bit in Queens, living at times in Flushing, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, and Richmond Hill. Although I recently surrendered to Long Island, I think my family and I will someday return again to Queens. It’s my heart’s home.
I did leave New York a couple of times in my twenties, going to college in Washington D.C. and then to graduate school in Madison, Wisconsin, where I got my Ph.D. in American Literature. I struggled through some difficult times in Wisconsin, which is maybe why I sometimes remember those years so fondly; in many ways, my time in Wisconsin revealed to me who I was and who I wanted to be. My life also profoundly changed for the better when I met Jess, my partner, standing outside a Halloween party one late night in Madison.
I’ve been a professor at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York for over a decade. I teach English and for several years I ran the Women and Gender Studies program. It has been one of the great privileges of my life to work closely with my students at NCC, especially those in my WST classes and in the WSA, many of whom have inspired the work I’ve done in Iphigenia Murphy.
I have a second young adult novel in the works—title to be determined. This book looks at the human predisposition to cruelty and conformity as well as the strength and courage it can take to stand up against a crowd. I’ve also been working on a novella and I have several short stories that I can’t stop revising, although I do hope to have them out in the world soon.
Finally, my academic book, Home is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers was published by McFarland Press in October 2019.