She has taught multicultural American literature at the University of Georgia for 18 years, and expanded her interests to Native American and Hispanic oral traditions of storytelling. These interests stem from a life-long love of learning about her own community--her parents immigrated from Portugal in the early 70s, and became a part of the Portuguese enclave in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Bachelor of Arts in 1995 from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, with special interest in modern views of Victorian literature.
MA from the University of Georgia has focus in Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian, and African American literature
She writes a blog called "Just Faith, Everyday," and is working on short stories and a novella specifically on the Northern and Southern immigrant experience.