I have a BA in English, an MA in English as a Second Language, and over twenty years of experience as a writer, editor, and professor. I have worked with beginning to experienced writers in a variety of genres. My philosophy is to be invisible as an editor and to help  writers to retain their voice; it is as important as

supporting their technique and craft.

Pianta  

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Publications
"Uchinanachu," "Mother," "Father,"Nimrod International Journal, Fall 2019; "Haku," with Kumu Hula Kapena and Kumu Hula Lokelani, Adirondack Review, Fall 2019;"True Story," Metafore, Spring 2019; “Air,” “Ethnobotany,”and“The Well We Drink From,San Diego Reader, April 2016, “Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres,”  "Before,” San Diego Poetry Annual 2014 – 2015, March 2015; Off the Coast,” Bloodlotus, No. 22, November 2011;“Road to Red Deer,” Cirque: A Journal for the North Pacific Rim, December 2011, Vol 3, No. 1;“The Ideal Man,” “Wing,” Yuan Yang: A Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing, 2011, Vol. 10, No. 1;“Air,” “A Particle,” Istanbul Literary Review, September 2011;“Dreamwalk,” Pyrta Journal, September 2011, Issue No. 5; “Ipu-heke,” Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Cultural Guide 2009 (City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs);Natural Law,” Terrain.org, No. 23 Winter/Spring 2009; “Second Consort: Jinzhan Yintai,”“Second Consort: Spring Outing,” Ekphrasis, Vol. 4 No.6 Fall/Winter 2008;When Students Write Alone,”San Diego Writing Project Dialogue Spring 2007, page 6;”Letters More Powerful Than Money,” “Land of Obligation,” Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai’i Literature and Arts, No. 89, Spring 2006;“Sans Souci,” “Reckless,” Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai’i Literature and Arts, No. 81, Spring 2002;  “And What Is Set in Stone,” “From Such Things Different Paths Are Made,” “Inside There Is a Compass, ”Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai’i Literature and Arts, No. 77, Spring 2000, 2003, 2006. “Annie Johns: The Use of a Novel to Teach English,”

University of Hawai’i Working Papers, 1991.

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My background and approach

Professional Affiliations

San Diego Professional Editors Network

Hawai'i Writers Guild


Recent Professional Activities

Editing and book trailer for leaves and their tree by Paris Jessie, 2021. Editing, typesetting, book trailer for SASS  by Erika Verónica Brown. SASS. 2021. Editing for MANI-festo: A Call for Men to Become Warriors for Kindness by Richard Matzkin, 2020.

Honorable Mention, Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, Nimrod International Journal, 2019; Reader at Poetics of Spirituality, Calit2 Multimedia Theater, UCSD, 2018; Co-editor for award-winning  Loving Promises: The Master Class for Creating Magnificent Relationship  by Richard Matzkin; Panel participant for "The Cultural Landscape for the Creative Writer" at the  Associated Writers and Writing Program Spring Conference 2016; Reader with  masters Kumu Hula Kapena Malulani Perez and Kumu Hula Ann Kaleilelokelaniokanoe Parker, Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard, Public Reading at Studio IV, California Center of the Arts, Escondido, Fall 2014; Co-editor for The Marriage Map: 3 Keys for a Fulfilling Romantic Partnership  by Michael Grossman, MD and Barbara Grossman, PhD, Spring 2014.
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