Pomona College (English)
If you are seeking real-world information gathering and writing skills that will help you communicate effectively, look no further! After nearly two decades of aiding and assisting fledgling writers and reporters with improving their skills, I am here to help young scholars get a head start on their competition!
A graduate of Pomona College, I have been a full-time journalist and magazine editor reporting on the petrochemical industry for a weekly trade magazine for 13 years. Work has sent me around the world—from Saudi Arabia to Asia to much of Europe—and all over the United States as well, and I have experienced an incredible diversity of eye-opening cultures.
Additionally, I covered the film industry for a variety of freelance writing assignments, contributing articles, interviews and reviews to Film International, Time Out New York, Paper, Publishers Weekly, VideoScope and many others. During that time, I wrote articles about Hong Kong kung fu stars, Brazilian horror movie directors, and a variety of cultural and countercultural figures.
Meanwhile, for more than a decade I performed with some of New York’s finest improvisational comedy theaters, including the Magnet Theater and the Upright Citizens Brigade, and can help any student overcome stage-fright or improve their public speaking abilities.
Before journalism, I had worked on television commercials and cable variety shows as, respectively, an assistant producer/animation coordinator and producer-writer-editor.
I was drawn to teaching because after reporting on the oil and petrochemical industry for trade magazines and appraisers, I felt it was time to give something back. I will be bringing years of experience in interrelated fields that can help students appreciate the broader world around them, and especially the beautiful worlds to be found in the words of their books.
I look forward to hearing from you; thanks! If you are seeking real-world information gathering and writing skills that will help you communicate effectively, look no further! After nearly two decades of aiding and assisting fledgling writers and reporters with improving their skills, I am here to help young scholars get a head start on their competition!
A graduate of Pomona
In addition to a great number of film courses taken, I have been professionally writing reviews and essays of films since 1992, contributing to such magazines as Time Out New York, Film International, The Phantom of the Movies' VideoScope, Paper, RevolutionSF.com and many others.
Before becoming a full-time journalist, I used to work in the production of commercials, cable TV shows and music videos, and still maintain contact with many colleagues from the world of cinema.
Meanwhile, I am currently one of the programmers and curators at an experimental and radical film center located in Brooklyn.
I spent more than a decade as an on-stage performer for such highly-regarded improvisational comedy theaters as the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Magnet Theater: I know what it takes to be fearless in front of a crowd and how to instill confidence in others to take up that challenge.
Meanwhile, during my career as a journalist covering the oil and petrochemical industry, I was often required to make presentations before various groups, sometimes to those who were familiar with the industry, and sometimes not. There, I gained the knowledge of how to tailor a speech to match the crowd, so as not to lose their interest.