Current Projects:

"Naming and its Relationship to Power in African American Literature.  When completed this will be a full-length critical text that explores the relationship between naming and power in African American Literature covering early slave narratives, post-modern slave narratives, and contemporary fiction and memoir. Naming and Power in African American Literature 2

"Critical Analysis of Naming and Power in the Writing of James Baldwin."  This proposed research project will be a lexical content analysis of a selected Baldwin text, Go Tell it on the Mountain, to test the hypothesis that the link between naming and power seen in Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings can be quantified in Baldwin’s text by using AntConc, a corpus linguistic analysis program.  Proposal for Research SRM

"Opposition and Liminality: The Struggle for Identity in Muñoz’s Crazy Love."  This is a textual analysis, using close reading to argue that the protagonist of Muñoz’s novel establishes his individuality and personal identity by placing himself in opposition to various family members and cultural forces.

Previous publications and conference presentations are listed below by category.

Critical Essay:

“Luci Tapahonso’s ‘Leda and the Cowboy’: A Gynocratic, Navajo Response to Yeats’s ‘Leda and the Swan.’” Cultural Sites of Critical Insight. Eds. Angela L. Cotton and Christa Davis Acampora. New York: State U of New York, 2007.   https://www.scribd.com/document/341863186/Angela-L-Cotten-Christa-Davis-Acampora-Cultura

Presentations:

“Naming and Power in the Work of Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers. 2018 Triennial Conference, Denver, CO. November 9, 2018.

“Opposition and Liminality: The Struggle for Identity in Muñoz’s Crazy Love.” Florida College English Association: Coming to America (and Florida): The Literature of Immigration. Ybor City, Florida. October 20, 2018.

“Opposition and Liminality: The Struggle for Identity in Muñoz’s Crazy Love.” EGSA Spring Conference: Identity [And all its Colors]. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. March 25, 2018.

“Structure and Simplicity in a Student's Story: A Graduate Student Reading Response.” 5th Annual Blank Pages: A Creative Writing Symposium: Writing and Race. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. February 28, 2018.

“Naming and Power in African American Literature: From Early Slave Narratives to Contemporary Fiction.” South Central Modern Language Association, Dallas, Texas. November 3, 2016.

“The Significance of Naming in the Literature of Nora Zeale Hurston and Maya Angelou” (critical essay). 9th Annual Collegiate Research Conference, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL. January 28, 2016.

“Skeletons in the Closet” (fiction). National Novel Writing Month Open Mic (NaNoWriMo Pinellas South), St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL, November 18, 2015.

“Handtooled Purses” (fiction). Eighth Biennial Southern Women Writers Conference. Rome, GA. September, 2009.

“The Significance of Naming in Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (critical essay). Society for the Study of American Women Writers Second International Conference. Ft. Worth, TX. September, 2003.

“Remembering” (fiction). Southwest-Texas Popular Culture Association /American Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February, 2003.

“Luci Tapahonso’s ‘Leda and the Cowboy’: A Gynocratic, Navajo Response to Yeats’s ‘Leda and the Swan’” (critical essay). 37th Annual Western Literature Association Conference: “Lands of Little Rain: Creative Oases in the Arid West.” Tucson, AZ. October, 2002.

‘The Ancient Ojibwe Trickster Figure in the Literature of Louise Erdrich” (critical essay). 32nd Annual Popular Culture Association and 24th Annual American Culture Association Conference, Toronto, Canada. March, 2002.

“Yes, She Did: A Gynocratic, Navajo Response to Yeats’s Poetic Question” (critical essay). New Mexico Highlands University Conference: “Rediscovering the American West.” Las Vegas, NM. September, 2001.

Creative Non-Fiction (Memoir):

“The Raincoat.” The Extraordinary Project. July 2015.  heextraordinaryproject.net/#/stories/

“Abandoned.” Green River Anthology. Bokeelia, FL: Irie Books, 2012.

“The Deacon and the Rattlesnake.” Southern Women’s Review. 1:2 (2010): 32-35.

Flashing Lights in My Rearview Mirror. Thesis. New Mexico Highlands U, 2003.

Fiction:

The Third Generation. Thesis. Eckerd College, 1999.

Poetry:

“A Stone.” Happenstance. March 2011.

“For Kay.” Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly. 4.3 (2003): 83.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J161v04n03_08

“From Hibernation.” Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly. 4.3 (2003): 82. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J161v04n03_08

“Her Smile Was Pie in the Sky.” Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly. 4.3 (2003): 83.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J161v04n03_08

“Inferno.” Echoes from the Heart: an Anthology of Poetry for Peace / from 9.11 to Infinity. (2003).

“In Appreciation of Butch Women.” Womyn’s Words. 20:12. December, 2002.

“When Wonder Woman Emerges.” Womyn’s Words. 20:12. December, 2002.

“The Echo.” Womyn’s Words. 11:6. June, 1994.

“The Potter.” Womyn’s Words. 11:3. March, 1994.

“Womyn’s Night at Tracks.” Womyn’s Words. 11:3. March, 1994.

“Dark-Eyed Angel.” Sea Island Scene. 5.9. July, 1987.

“You Are With Me Tonight.” Sea Island Scene. 5.9. July, 1987.

Original Plays Produced:

“Resurrecting Sarah” (an original 10 minute play). Winner of the 2012 New Rocky Mountain Voices playwriting contest. Produced by the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts, Aug. 31-Sept.1, 2012.

“Resurrecting Sarah” (an original 10 minute play). Produced by the Nat Gold Players for Theatre New Mexico Conference, March, 2012.

“Players Four” (an original 10 minute play). Produced by the Nat Gold Players. Tome on the Range, Las Vegas, NM . April, 2010.

“Players Four” (an original 10 minute play). Produced by the Nat Gold Players. Kluge Auditorium. United World College, Montezuma, NM. April, 2010.

Only A Dream (an original play). Produced by the Nat Gold Players with Funding from the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Gay and Lesbian Partnership Fund. Sala de Madrid. New Mexico Highlands University. Las Vegas, NM. October, 2007.

Only A Dream (an original play). Produced by the Womyn’s Energy Bank Lesbian Thesbians. Unitarian Universalist Church. St. Petersburg, FL. September, 1990.