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. But then I returned, and 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.
In addition to Iffy, I’ve written a novella, Great Expectations, about two women who, despite challenges, form a profound and life-saving connection. You can pick it up here.
Finally, my academic book, Home is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers was published by McFarland Press in October 2019. If you’re interested in women and pop culture, pick up Home here!
Me, age 5, on our local TV Guide.