Known as JC to many of my friends and colleagues, I'm a native of Cleveland, Ohio. I now reside with my husband in North Carolina, where I serve as Assistant Director of First-Year Writing at Duke University. In addition to being a teacher and administrator, I'm a writer;  researcher; wannabe world traveler; activist; volunteer; and lover of red lipstick, inside jokes, beaches, reality television, shopping excursions, gummy bears, music and theater, trips home, rainy days, old books, to-do lists, and scenic routes. 

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