39 Honolulu, United States
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My self-summary
I love to hang out with friends and social groups, spend time reading, and chat with my bunny.

I write poetry and translate it from other languages to English. I also write plays and academic essays. I'm starting a PhD in Postcolonial literature at UHM. My current interests focus on writing by women and queer people in a postcolonial and intersectional feminist context.

I'm involved in grassroots activism, particularly anti-racism, anti-colonialism, queer community, Jewish activism for Palestine and for social and economic justice, and doing things every day to make a change.

I teach college English / Literature / Creative Writing and I love it. I taught for a year at Queens College CUNY, which was great and gave me experience working with first generation college students and teaching college writing to English Language Learners. I will be teaching English composition and rhetoric at the University of Hawai'i Manoa starting in Fall 2016.

I love walking around cities and going to cultural and literary events.

I enjoy crafts, including knitting and jewelry making.

I don't drink because I have food intolerance, I'm totally ok with other people drinking. I don't smoke, but I don't mind if other people smoke.
What I’m doing with my life
PhD candidate in English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

I finished an MFA in creative writing and literary translation. I've taught creative writing to undergrads and Hebrew to pre-Bar/Bat mitzvah students. I also write and have things published in various journals, both academic and creative writing.

I identify as a Jewitch - I'm learning about women's spiritual and healing practices, particularly in Eastern Europe.

I'm involved in anti-racism and anti-colonial activism, both academically and personally.
I’m really good at
Languages. I love studying new languages. I've studied more than a dozen and I try to work on a new one each year.

Communicating with animals. Communicating with humans. Dealing with changes.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm smart, funny, bubbly, sarcastic but not in a mean way. I can talk about almost anything. I have my own style. I'm expressive and a good listener.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like any music I can dance to. I love books in general, everything from academic theory to pop culture. I love going to plays, performances, dancing at clubs. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. I also bake. My favorite foods are Ethiopian and Korean. I like to make fun of British food, but sometimes I just want a cucumber sandwich.
The six things I could never do without
1. Smart, curious people. I love all different types of intelligence and people who are always learning something new. I also love teachers.
2. Rabbits - have lived with them most of my life.
3. Friends from other countries because they give me perspective.
4. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate. It has a different chemical than caffeine, theobromine, which helps with concentration.
4. Film - I enjoy watching movies and I studied film theory and film preservation.
5. Writing - I'm always writing poetry, sometimes plays, also essays. And a writing group - it's great to have feedback, and I like giving feedback to help other people write too.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Gender theory. Fluidity (gender, orientation, everything). . Women's and queer spirituality, ritual, folk traditions.

Theory. Black Feminism. Intersectionality. Postcolonialism. Jerusalem (lived there for five years recently). Palestinian Poetry. Poetry by queer people of color.

Dancing. People. Rabbits.

Jewishness. Religion, sacred practices (I've studied Judaism, Islam, and Christianity fairly extensively, I'm also interested in the sacred and ritual practices of women and folklore relating to women healers.
On a typical Friday night I am
Relaxing at home or with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I talk to the kitchen when I'm cooking. It doesn't talk back, but it helps me stay organized to say things out loud as I'm cooking.
You should message me if
You're up for going for coffee, drinks, dancing, a film, or a cultural event.

Or if you want to cook together, potluck, or trade recipes.