University of Arizona (1987), MFA, University of Arizona (1990).
Expertise: Multi-cultural education, Race
relations, Domestic violence and child abuse prevention.
Selected Works: High Desert: A Journey
of Survival and Hope (Baha'i Publishing, 2009); "Pilgrimage," in
Where Art & Faith Converge (George Ronald Press, 2008); Poems in Grand
Valley Review, Orison, Iowa Woman, and other periodicals; Short stories for
children: "My Name is Ruhu'llah" and Emily's First Talk," in
Core Curriculum Education Series (Baha'i 2002); Interview of writer Susan Atefat
Peckham in World Order; Interview of poet Valerie Martinez in Orison; Feature
articles in Grand Rapids Press, West Michigan Today, and Holland
Distinctions: Keynote Speaker, Family Forum, 10th Anniv.
of U.N. International Year of the Family (Dublin, 2004); Recipient, National
Education Diversity Grant (2006); Speaker, Challenge of the Children Conference
(2007, 08); Semi-finalist, Elixir Press Third Annual Poetry Awards (2003);
Professor of the Year, Grand Valley State University, Educational Support Program
(2003); Co-founder of the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony in Holland.
Contact: Lubbers Hall 303
High Desert: A Journey of Survival and Hope (2009)
High Desert: A Journey of Survival and Hope is the story of how I survived
the violence and abuse that occurred in my childhood, and how I devoted
myself to preventing that violence from going down another generation.