Curriculum Vitae



Portland State University, 2002, BA in Women’s Studies

New College of California, 2007, MFA in Writing and Consciousness


Honors and Awards:

Cum Laude, Portland State University, 2002

Finalist in the Joy Harjo Poetry Contest, 2008

Finalist in the Enizagam Poetry Contest, 2012

Pushcart Nomination for poem, “Orb of Ash,” 2013

Finalist in the Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition, 2013


Residencies and Workshops:

Kearny Street Workshop’s Intergenerational Writer’s Lab, Selected Writer, SF, 2008

Voices of Our Nations Fellow, SF, 2005, 2006, 2009

Soul Mountain Writers Residency co-sponsored by RAWI, Connecticut, July 2011

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence, Nebraska, 2012

Guapamacátaro Center for Art and Ecology, Michoacan, Mexico, 2013

Artist in Residence, Building Bridges Program, University of Florida, Tampa, January 2015

Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, Georgia, February-March 2016


Selected Teaching Experience and Classes Developed:

Standardized Patient Educator, University of San Diego School of Medicine, March 2015-Present

Poetry Writing for Veterans, VA Center, Tampa, Florida, January 2015 

Standardized Patient Educator/Transgender Health Care, Project Prepare, Stanford University Medical Center, December 2010-August 2014

Writing Our Strength, Beauty, and Wisdom: Building Community Through Shared Stories, UC Riverside, January 2014

Mapping Our Dreams for 2013: A Creative Writing Workshop, 12/12/12 and 1/9/13, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA

Poetry Instructor, Speak On It! A Shy Poet’s Introduction to Writing Poetry, Oakland Library Main Branch and La Peña Cultural Center, 2010-2013

Creative Writing Instructor, Say My Name! (Re)Storying Our Bodies, (Re)Storying Sexuality, AHA Collective, Oakland, CA, June 2010-July 2010

Creative Writing Instructor, Write Down/Speak Up: A Storytelling Workshop, Sobrato House for Foster Youth, San Jose, CA, February-March 2010

Poetry Instructor, Poetry for the People, UC Berkeley, CA, September 2008-May 2009

Poetry Instructor, B-Tech High School, Berkeley, CA, October 2008-December 2008

Life Skills Curriculum Developer and Facilitator, Juma Ventures, San Francisco, CA, January 2008-May 2008

English and Social Studies Substitute Teacher, Youth Chance High School, San Francisco, CA, September 2007-December 2007

Creative Writing Instructor, Guerrero House, San Francisco, CA, February 2007-April 2007

Editor, Five Fingers Review, San Francisco CA, April 2006-June 2007

Additional Work Experience: 

Freelance Writing Coach and Editor, Remote, January 2012-Present

Temporary Researcher for New York Times’ Bestselling Book, Brown is the New White by Steven Phillips, Remote, January 2014-March 2014

Recent Selected Performances, Presentations and Panels: 

Featured Author, Boys Bite Back, Sean Dorsey Dance, May 2017

Featured Author, Mills College Writers Series, December 2016.

Featured Author and Keynote Speaker, UCSD, Out and Proud: Beyond the Rainbow, April 20th, 2016

Featured Author, Charis Bookstore, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2016

Featured Author, California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, January 2016

Featured Author and Editor, Writing the Walls Down Launch, Bay Area, CA November 2015

Featured Poet, SF Jazz Poetry Festival: LGBTQ Night, June 2014

Featured Author and Speaker, Writing Trans Genres Literature Conference, University of Winnipeg, Canada, May 2014

Featured Poet and Workshop Facilitator, Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington D.C., March 2014


Selected List of Publications:

Prayers for My 17th Chromosome: Poems by Amir Rabiyah,Forthcoming November 2017

“Dawning/A Stone,” and “Ney.” Foglifter, Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2016.

“The Magician’s Handkerchief,” Nimrod International Journal, September 2016

“Out of the Soil,” Vetch Journal , March 2016

(Co-Editor,) Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, September 2015

“Migratory Glossitis.” Cream City Review, Volume 39.1, Spring/Summer 2015

“The Edge of Your Paper.” Sukoon Literary Journal, September 2014

“Ritual,” and “The Pocket.” Kweli Journal, September 2014

“Our Dangerous Sweetness,” “Your Body Burns,” and “Risk.” The Feminist Wire, 2014

“Grand Design,” Bird’s Thumb Literary Journal, 2014

“The Tightest Lines,” and “Flesh of My Flesh, Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, 2013

Selected poems and essay. Troubling the Line: Trans/Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, 2013

“Orb of Ash,” and other poems. Enizagam Literary Journal, 2012.

“Transsexual Militant,” Asian American Literary Review, DVD poetry series, 2011

“Invisible Man.” Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion and Spirituality, 2011

“shooting s(T)ar.” Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, 2010

“Darwish, I Love You,” “Winged Words.” Left Turn Magazine, 2010

“Under the Knife,” “The Tightest Lines.” 580 Split Literary Journal, 2010

“The Parting,” “Beirut Achilles.” backroomlive, 2010

 “From Copper to Gold (excerpt).” I Saw My Ex At A Party: An Intergenerational Writer’s Lab Chapbook, 2008