She earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico.
Her 14 years of teaching and curriculum design experience includes Business Writing, Technical Writing, Composition, and Literature at Purdue University, Ivy Tech College, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southwestern Illinois College, and St. Louis Community College.
Her first poetry collection, Each Crumbling House, won the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize. Her second collection, The Dead in Daylight (Cooper Dillon Books, 2016) was a finalist for the Jacar Press Julie Suk Award.
Most recently, her poems and essays appear in Slippery Elm, Figure One, Two Countries Anthology, The Los Angeles Review, Meridian, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Spillway, The Book of Scented Things Anthology. Her awards include two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Best New Poets nomination, the Robert Watson Literary Prize, and a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat fellowship. Read poems and essays here.