I’m committed to writing and creating art for a peaceful and compassionate world for all beings.


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Hello everyone! I'm a librarian, professor, poet, writer, and mixed media artist living in Southern California. I believe in lifelong learning, peaceful living, and the power of personal story. I believe we all have the power to live our individual lives as profound, political statements through a daily activism of love. Even with so much injustice, suffering, and violence in the world, it is possible to still practice a joyful activism. In fact, it can be what will save us!

My fourth book Love Activism goes more in-depth on the concepts presented throughout this website. My other books include A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work (Sanctuary Publishers); We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s and 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene (Santa Monica Press, 2017); Life as Activism: June Jordan’s Writings from The Progressive (Litwin Books, 2014); and The Library as Place in California (McFarland, 2007). My poetry chapbooks are Everyday Magic (Finishing Line Press) and The Moon and Other Poems (Dancing Girl Press). My articles, poetry, and reviews have appeared in Feminist Teacher, Feminist Collections, American Libraries, Counterpoise, Library Journal, Chaffey Review, Serials Review, and the anthology Open Doors: An Invitation to Poetry (Chaparral Canyon Press). I have degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (BA English); Chapman University (MA English); and San Jose State University (Master of Library and Information Science).

Other important things to know are that I always take my coffee black; eat chocolate everyday; and love to nap at the ocean.

If you ever feel alone in your activism, remember that you are part of a global community of compassion and your life as an activist is important!

I would love to hear from you. Please send me any ideas, comments, or questions.

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