Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014

Southern  New Hampshire University

Outstanding Teaching Award, 2011
University of Washington (Finalist)


Teaching Scholarship, 2007-2011
University of Washington

English Department Travel Grant, 2010
University of Washington


Teaching Scholarship, 2005

Clark University

Wisdom and Merit Award, 2002

Westfield State University

Blue Key Award, 2002

Westfield State University (nomination)
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A Contemporary Allegory: Two Apache Sisters

Dina Polizzi’s first novella Two Apache Sisters and a Texas Gigolo was on my read-list for awhile, not only because Polizzi is my friend and neighbor but due to its marriage of magic, tarot, and its esoteric nature, which all interest me.

Two Apache Sisters struck me immediately as an allegory — the caliber that I haven’t experienced, really, since Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” — due to its penchant for placing big-motif meaning in occult-shaded trinkets and persons. There’s the coin, the many bags and satchels, the star, the green fairy, a shell, an arrowhead, a water bottle, salt, and even the Oriental man who recites philosophical tag lines — each in their own time.
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