1)Where are you located?
2) How old are you?
3) What is your job title?
I am a Playwright. I write for theater and film. I often express myself through poetry. These days, I also hold the title of Associate Director at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) at Stanford University. My work explores the relationship between art practice, spiritual practice and social justice.
4) How has the transition been from backpack to briefcase (college to adulthood)?
Like all the phases of the moon—it’s been dynamic. In the few years out of college I moved from California to New York City with my best friend to live as an artist, I fell in love and became a mother at 23, I wrote a lot of beautiful poems and plays that were performed by some amazing actresses of color like Tonya Pinkins, Lupita Nyong’o and Samira Wiley. By 24, I felt deep heartache and my friendships shifted. I intentionally lost over 80 lbs of body weight and found myself missing my curves more than ever. Now I’m back in the Bay Area continuing to make room for myself, my art, and my intimates. It’s been a dynamic experience, backpack to briefcase; but now, almost five years out of college, those transitions feel more like one major transformation. As an artist I cannot always separate my personal experiences from my creative urges and thus professional outputs. Each speaks to the other. I am more of the artist I want to become, and it’s due to the whole experience—all of it.