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Columbia University (Master's)
If I have learned anything about myself over the past 20 years of work experience, it is this: I can teach and I can write. What this necessarily means is that I can teach writing.
My first formal instruction in creative writing was a non-degree program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where I studied with poet Allen Ginsberg. As an English major at Wesleyan University, I studied creative writing with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Annie Dillard. I later enrolled in the competitive Writing Program at Columbia University, where I received a Masters of Fine Arts and was awarded Graduate Writing Fellowships.
As a wire service reporter for The Associated Press and other outlets, I chronicled Mozambique's transition from a Marxist Leninist vanguard state to a multi-party democracy. My reporting on the first year of the war in Afghanistan included articles examining the establishment of post-Taliban civil society, the traffic in black market weapons and US Special Forces operations in northern Konduz province. Later, I followed the fight for control of Venezuela’s oil industry during the 2003 political crisis, and I also reported from silver mines in Bolivia on unsafe work conditions and the use of child labor.
In addition to my work as a journalist I have authored numerous reports and policy briefs on human rights abuses in Central Africa.
For the past three years I have designed and facilitated bimonthly writing workshops for African human rights activists in Botswana, Nigeria and Kenya.
I have extensive experience as a public speaker, including a briefing I delivered to the U.N. Security Council in advance of the deployment of peacekeeping troops to Chad and the Central African Republic. If I have learned anything about myself over the past 20 years of work experience, it is this: I can teach and I can write. What this necessarily means is that I can teach writing.
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