When I was in college, I fell in love with a literature professor. She was all that I dreamed of being, and she looked out for me and encouraged me in ways I never knew one human being would look out for another. A bit before graduation, she gave me a book of poetry by Robert Frost. She bookmarked, “The Road Not Taken.” She was a smart woman, one that believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, “And that has made all the difference” (Frost).I am a high school dropout. I went back to school as an adult. In my thirties I earned an associate in arts degree and a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in women’s studies. I fell in love with Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath, and Zora Neale Hurston. I couldn’t get enough of learning about their worlds.
For my master’s degree I decided to focus more closely on women and on African’American studies. I was turned on to post-structuralism and the work of theorists such as Helene Cixous and Luce Irgaray, and I learned about deconstruction, binaries, and the construction of gender, race, sexuality, and other social constructs. By the time I received my master’s degree in literature, I knew that anything I wrote, non-fiction or fiction, from that time on would deal with the critiquing of societal norms such as gender, race, sexuality, and ability.
I went on to get an EdD, believing I wanted to spend the rest of my days in adult education. My dissertation was an autoethnography–a research practice that aligns with the field of women/gender/queer studies–and my topic dealt with the construction of Other. What the study did, ultimately, was help me to understand that writing had to be a part of what I do, and the writing I did had to closely align with queer studies.
What can I do for you?I am trained to create and deliver workshops for faculty and students. For over twenty years, I have taught others to teach, to present, and to write fiction and non-fiction.
When I’m not learning with my own students, I love to engage others in their own learning journey.
If you want to learn more about storytelling in fiction or nonfiction, let’s chat.
In addition, I am always excited to work with high schools, colleges, and the general population on motivational and educational topics, and would be honored to customize a training or keynote presentation that meets the need of your particular audience.
Tammy is available for speaking engagements, interviews, and signings. She is happy to make appearances (IRL or virtual) at book clubs and other literary-related groups. You can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.