A bit about me: I am a poet, freelance writer, educator, producer and community builder. I want language to be alive and a force for light in our world, whether out in nature, in prisons, workplaces, houses of worship, and in the streets.
Through stories and human connection, I want to find and create spaces of refuge: in ourselves, our homes, and in the world.
I’ve lived and traveled throughout the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Middle East. Currently, I’m based in Chattanooga, TN, where I write for international audiences and teach with the non-profit Turn the Page, bringing creative writing to people in jails and in recovery. You can read more about my experiences in The Poets of Hamilton County Jail.
My story is a crazy-quilt of wonder and loss: growing up in a war zone (Israel/Palestine), hopscotching between cultures, and finally coming to terms with life as an artist and woman who struggles with the pain of this world, and works for healing.
To this end, I collaborate with people of all backgrounds to create spaces for justice, art, and soulwork.
Organizations I’ve partnered with include:
- The Hunter Museum of Art
- IFES: The International Foundation for Electoral Systems
- The European Press Prize
- The Guardian
- Southern Lit Alliance
- Love’s Arm
- Red Clay State Park
- The Baha’i House of Worship for North America
- Central European University
- Eastside Educational Trust: London’s Leading Youth Arts’ Provider
- Ashoka: Everyone A Changemaker
I have a BA International Relations & Education from American University in Washington DC, and an MS in Philosophy & Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
I give workshops on freeing the voice through poetry to people of all ages.