Illustration

Orbital
11″×14″ acrylic on paper (2019)
Saying His Name
11″×14″ acrylic on paper (2019)
From the Depths
11″×17″ woodcut print (2007)
The Day Raven / The Night Crow
16″×12″ pen and marker on paper (2019)

Bay Area / Napa (January 2019)

Inside your head the sound of glass
—Richard Siken, “Litany In Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out”
a blue sky glimpse
—Andrea Cohen, “Brutal”
a quiet skin
—Laurie Sheck, “A quiet skin”
a wall of all your words
—Rose O’Neill, “I Made a House of Houselessness”
enter, through me
—Marnia, “I must be able to protect you”
just as it was from the beginning
—Margaret Atwood, “Against Still Life”

Olympic National Park / Mount Rainier (July 2012)

his wings are folded on your nest of boulders
—Roy Campbell, “Tristan da Cunha”
building gardens in the fire of god’s vacuity
—Tim Keane, “Arabesque”
the dark woods, singing with all my skin and bone
—Richard Siken, “Saying Your Names”
I would follow your soul as it leads
—Sara Teasdale, “I Would Live in Your Love”
then like a poison he drank the fondness of the years.
—Amrita Pritam, “Empty Space”
honey dripping down the bear’s face
—Eileen Myles, “The Honey Bear”
until its magic burns the wavering sea
—Denise Levertov, “The sea’s wash in the hollow of the heart…”
we come now to the space which is boy-shaped.
—Ann Darr, “At Sixteen”
searching for the hand that planted them
—David C. Hightower, “Invisible Houses”
touched like water burning bare skin.
—Anne Marie Macari, “Book One”
spell-bound in the small circle of his own light
—Sylvia Kantaris, “Body Language”
it is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time
—Don Marquis, “the lesson of the moth”

Franklin Conservatory (April 2013)

I could believe my body accidental
—Kimberly Johnson, “On Divination by Filaments”
like the dust of a strange country
—Joy Harjo, “Songs from the House of Death, Or How to Make It Through to the End of a Relationship”
a dream bloomed
—Ronn Andrew F. Angeles, “Study of Water”
every part of them blithe & smooth & touchable
—Lucie Brock-Broido, “After the Grand Perhaps”
these signs that lead you to my door
—Gwendolyn MacEwen, “Open Secrets”

College Student

“Damian Huang” is a college student who reached out to me for help revising his résumé. He had uploaded his original résumé to his university’s job board, but he wasn’t getting contacted for positions despite his strong leadership and management experience. After a 1.5-hour interview, Damian and I revised his résumé to match the job listing for an internship at Google. Damian and his mentors felt much more confident with his revised résumé.

Résumé highlights:

  • Clarifies language for increased legibility.
  • Restructures résumé to show a continued work history.
  • Moves education to the bottom to prioritize leadership experience.

Original

Revised

High School Education Only

“Pablo Fernandez” doesn’t have a college degree, but he’s had jobs across multiple industries. He called me for help applying for a position in the hospitality industry. His skills as a caretaker in his previous hotel job and group home job made him an excellent candidate for the position. He received an offer for the job, which he accepted.

Résumé highlights:

  • Removes irrelevant work experience.
  • Tightens bulky paragraphs into easy-to-read bullet points.
  • Removes “hobbies” section to increase space for skills.

Original

Revised

Second-Language Sustainment (SL Sustain)

Demonstration of the Virtual Chinese platform.

Virtual roleplay and remedial instruction to evaluate students’ retention of Mandarin Chinese after three months’ learning inactivity over summer vacations. Built on the Virtual Chinese platform developed in partnership with Virtual Virginia Online School.

Tasks included developing a curriculum, creating analytics for evaluating students’ language skills, writing and implementing branching conversations, writing remedial lesson content, and creating an utterance library of possible correct and incorrect responses to be evaluated by the ASR system and learning management system (LMS).

June 2014–January 2015.

Enskill®

Virtual roleplay conversations for students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) built on the Enskill® platform . Tasks included writing and implementing branching conversations about daily activities such as going to the post office and ordering food at a restaurant, as well as iteratively creating a library of possible utterances for the ASR system to parse. Utterances were standardized to be applicable to multiple locales, including Thailand and Brazil.

December 2016–June 2017.

RALL-E

High school learners of Chinese interacting with RALL-E.

Mandarin Chinese robot-assisted learning development. Tasks included writing and implementing branching conversations and recruiting native speakers of Mandarin to create automatic speech recognition (ASR) models.

June 2014–January 2015.