I have been teaching writing at UCI since 2003. Currently, my composition courses focus on memoir with a emphasis on stories about home, family, and identity. My book of prose poems, Camouflage for the Neighborhood, won the 2011 Sentence Award. I work with artist Jody Servon on Saved: Objects of the Dead, a photographic and poetic exploration of the human experience of life, death, and memory. Our collaborative project has been exhibited nationwide in over thirty museums, galleries, and libraries. Published by Artsuite, the book Saved: Objects of the Dead was released in January 2023.

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Writing 45
  • Writing 50

Themes Typically Taught:

  • The Rhetoric of Memoir: A Slice of Life

Textbooks Needed:

  • Excerpts from the following: Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen; from Tales of Two Americas, and Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo.



Author website


Camouflage for the Neighborhood (2012)