Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing (Poetry) and Literature, 2013                Bennington College, North Bennington, VT 

Master of Music, Piano Performance, 2001
Mannes College The New School for Music, New York, NY 

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Communications, 1999 Southern University, Collegedale, TN 


The Cumulus Effect (Four Way Books, 2015)                                               

Motherlands (forthcoming) 


Renga for Obama (Harvard University Press, 2018)
The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers (W.W. Norton, 2018)                                     Soundings (Arrowsmith Press, 2016) 

Selected Literary Journals 

AGNI, “The Killing Time,” 2014 Bennington Review, four poems, 2013
BookForum, “On Robert Seydel’s Songs of S. and A Picture Is Always a Book” 2014 Boston Review, “After J. S. Bach / Cello Suite No. 6, BWV 1012,” 2015
Cortland Review,
“Tautology,” 2015
Denver Quarterly, Two Poems, 2011
Hyperallergic, “Luminous Loss, Karen Green’s Bough Down,” 2013
Iowa Review, “Love Poem from a Replicant,” 2018
LITHUB, “Lost in Berlin and in the Writings of Mirtha Dermisache,” 2018
Los Angeles Review of Books,
“As Ever, the River,” 2016
NYLON, three reviews, 2015                                                                                  Paris Review Daily, “On Mirth, Milton and Nostalgia: A Conversation with Mark Morris,” 2013
Prairie Schooner, two poems, 2011  Poetry, “The Mothers” and “The Women,” 2019

Teaching experience (selected) 

Hybrid Music and Trans-disciplinary writing,” The New School, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2019

Our Poetry, Our Selves,” workshop at Poets House, 2019

“The Architectural Body” and “Transdisciplinary Writing,” Pratt School of Architecture, 2019

“Poetry, Dialogue and Identity,” The New School, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2018

Teaching fellow in poetry, Bennington College, 2018-2019                                      

“Why Words Matter: Studying Erasure and Decolonization in Conceptual Poetry” Sarah Lawrence College, 2017 

“When Art Speaks, the Confluence of Music and Text in Contemporary Music and Poetry,” SUNY Orange, 2015 

“Memory Palace: Music Meets the Page,” Fairleigh-Dickinson University, 2014         

“The Vibrant Line: Repetition and the Lyric Sentence in the Poetics of Frank Bidart and Jean Valentine,” Bennington College, 2013                         

“The Art of the Chapbook,” William Paterson University, 2012 

New York French-American School, classes in art and music appreciation, 2015- present                                                                                                                                     

SUNY Orange, advanced poetry workshop, 2015                                                                        

Poets House, “Chapbooks: Construction and Conception,” 2015                               

William Paterson University, “The Sound a Poem Makes,” 2013

Collaborative and Curatorial Work

“Pink Noise” -sound/text collaboration with sound artist Michael Tritter, Poetry Project, Bennington College, La MaMa Theater and Smithsonian Asian American Literary Festival, 2019

“My Colonizer, My Love” -collaboration with visual artist Camille Hoffman, Museum of Arts and Design, 2018 

“Memory Palace” -poetry and chamber music collaboration with Salman Rushdie, Paul Cantelon and the American String Quartet, ongoing 

“Pink Noise” -sound/text performance with sound artist Natacha Diels, featuring voice, pre-recorded violin and electronics, Poets House 

“Lyric in the Time of War” -concert collaboration with Phil Klay, Tom Sleigh and the American String Quartet, presented in various universities and concert series worldwide 

Academic service & Relevant Experience 

President of the Board of Trustees, Kundiman     Poetry Mentor, Kundiman Lab Mentorship                                                                         New York French-American School, teacher and workshop leader, 2014-present Kundiman Prize, reader, 2015
Editorial Assistant, NYLON, 2014
Poetry Editor, Bennington Review, 2013                                                                          

Awards (selected) 

Cosmonauts Avenue, Non-fiction finalist, 2018 Poets House Emerging Writers fellowship, 2015                                                  Jerome Foundation Grant, 2015
Jane Kenyon Award, Bennington College, 2013                                                Kundiman Poetry Prize, finalist, 2013                                                                 Kinereth Gensler Prize finalist, Alice James Books, 2012                                                                           Joy Harjo Award, finalist, 2006 

Conferences and Readings (selected)  


Poetry Project New Years Day reading Governors Island Poetry Festival Smithsonian Asian American Literary Festival, Washington DC


Museum of Arts and Design, NYC. Reading and artist collaboration with Camille Hoffmann and Sarah Gambito
Bennington College, Alumni Reading
Subculture, NYC. Reading and concert 


AWP Conference, Washington Convention Center, lecture and reading for Poets House Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA, reading
Sarah Lawrence College, “Who Decides What's Political?” panel
Sarah Lawrence College, reading                                                                                Burlington Book Festival, Burlington, VT, reading                                           Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia,PA, reading                                                   Sarah Lawrence College, lecture and reading 


Louis Meisel Gallery, NYC, premier performance of SWOON, a song cycle by Doug Balliet, text by J. Mae Barizo
Bartow Pell Mansion, Bronx, NY, reading and book signing
Far Bar, Los Angeles, CA, reading and book signing AWP, Los Angeles Convention Center, reading and book signing
Asian American Writers Workshop, NYC, reading and panel
Poets House, NYC, reading with Marie Howe and Melissa Green
Mannes The New School for Music, NYC, reading and musical collaboration             Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, reading                                                                                          Dire Literary Series, Boston, MA
Poets House, NYC, reading and collaboration with Zentripetal                               Roots Poetry Series, Brooklyn, NY, reading 

Teaching and Scholarly Interests 

My teaching interests, in addition to creative writing, include modern and contemporary poetry; conceptual art and poetry; Indigenous, Latinx, Queer, Asian-American literature; literary and art criticism; cross-genre collaboration; cross-cultural, trans-disciplinary, hybrid writing


English, French, German and Tagalog (conversational, reading and translation) 


Available upon request