I am a writer with a background in dance, acting, and teaching.

When I was a kid I wanted to be a ballerina and the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates (they had recently won the World Series when I made this decision, so they seemed like a good choice). I entertained visions of wearing a black and yellow tutu with one black and one yellow pointe shoe while coaching. Unfortunately, that plan didn’t materialize, though I did have a short-lived career as a ballet dancer before attending UCONN, and I danced with a few modern companies in Boston after college until I finally gave in to my desire to lead a normal life. So naturally I went to graduate school. I started at UMASS Boston, where I completed an MA in English; then it was off to Queen Mary College, University of London for an M. Phil in English and Drama. I finished my decade of higher learning with a PhD in English at UC Davis. Two years later, I abandoned academia to pursue a brief, but shining acting career in the San Francisco Bay Area. These days I teach Pilates at Flow Studio in Fairfax, CA, although from time to time I consider doing a show.

Through that entire journey, I wrote–first in a diary, then in a fancier journal, then with a typewriter, and finally with a computer. I wrote love letters to a boy in my class (which I never sent), a short book called Behind Every Great Man Is a Great Cat, short stories about women trying to figure out their lives, endless examinations of my life and everything I felt was wrong with it, an undergraduate honors thesis, two Masters theses, a dissertation, and too many conference papers. Now I write fiction published by Luminous Creatures Press, which I co-own with my friend and writing partner, Emily June Street.

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  1. Jamiella Brooks

    Hi Beth,
    This is actually tangentially related to your blog, so I’m so sorry for bugging you here–I wasn’t able to find an e-mail address. My name is Jamiella Brooks and I’m currently a TA Consultant Coordinator at UC Davis. I’m working on a research project of past TA Consultants and from our records it looks like you may have been one in 2001-2002 and then again in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004? (if this isn’t you, I’m so sorry!) If you’re interested, I have a survey I’ve been sending to past TACs, and would appreciate your e-mail. You can e-mail me at jnortiz@ucdavis.edu if that sounds like something you’d like to do.

    Thanks for your time!


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