My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19, hit the shelves in early October, 2021 and has since been nominated for and awarded several awards. Published by Northampton House Press, it covers my personal 30-year adventure of living with HIV, surviving COVID-19, and an unexpected career with the United Nations.
TL;DR? The audiobook is out 1/3/2023!
I write about the ugly things in life which often intersect with the beauty of the human condition. Primarily, I write creative non-fiction, memoir, personal narratives, and travel essays and a lot about HIV COVID-19. The last time I wrote a poem was in elementary school and, well, let's just say it's best I don't try again. Follow my writing and see what other unexpected surprises I reveal.
I am an educator, writer, and advocate for social justice and human rights for all. I am currently a proud (poor) adjunct for CUNY (LaGuardia Community College and Bronx Community College) with the College Now Program which offers free college courses to public school teens while still in high school. My greatest joy is the opportunity to work with my students and help them find their voices on the page. What they have to say is so very important. They inspire me and give me hope for our future.
I was born in the great state of New Mexico but raised in California. I've lived in Belgium, Switzerland, France, Australia, and New Zealand. I've had long-term work stints in England, Eritrea, Albania, Malawi, and Madagascar. I have had the good fortune to travel extensively–90+ countries and counting–using a variety of modes of transportation and for a variety of reasons, but I will always be a Californian (even if I currently live on the land of the Lenape in The People's Republic of Brooklyn, NY). I have never, however, ridden an elephant, a camel, or a zebra. Nor do I intend to.
My life has led me along many paths. I've been a special events planner, a typist, an au pair, and an ice rink employee. I've danced in ballets, sang in an opera, and sold tap shoes. I've made deli sandwiches, served meals, and cleaned tables. More recently, I worked for and with the United Nations systems for more than twenty years on HIV and AIDS. Since 2017, though, I've been focused on teaching and I count my blessing each and every day for this opportunity to work with these amazing young people.
I've created a few quizzes about me and my book, My Unexpected Life. See how much you know!
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