Writing Samples

February 2015 — Scholastic journal keywords and talking points for trauma-responsive designer to acquire funding and vetting by Yale Medical School.

Keywords: trauma-informed, shelters, urban design, residential life, Spectrum diagnosis, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, ADA, IDEA, reasonable accommodations, light and sound. Searchability around public health and human services and innovations in design would garner the greatest appeal.

Talking Points for the director to align Serenity (the client’s product) installations under ERIC (the school’s public health program) would include:
+Serenity is designed as an evidence-based solution to organic and traumatic light and sound sensitivities in two vulnerable demographics: college freshmen with Spectrum diagnosis and homeless shelter residents.
+Installation sites of Serenity are sources for potential research subjects for short-term qualitative surveys and sustainability studies of longer terms.
+Serenity inherently improves quality of sleep and restfulness, thereby immediately providing measurable results as health benefits, college retention, and wellness.
+Serenity modules are flexible and portable; making them appealing as local and global housing / warehousing solutions for vulnerable populations (cite Spectrum students and homeless; consider also immigrants, natural disaster refugees, sexual assaults units in hospitals, group homes, AIDS-displaced orphanages… the possibilities are endless).
+Housing this conversation within ERIC creates an interdisciplinary dialogue between medicine and health with architecture and design; and pioneers the standard for light and sound sensitivities and trauma-responsive solutions.

 September 2014 — Blog for client in the aerospace and defense industry with monthly themes.

“Ability & Achievement — National Disability Employment Awareness Month”

“As a disabled man, let my life be a reflection of the endless amount of ability that exists in each and everyone of us.” (Robert Michael Henselz: born with Spina bifida and is also a Guinness World Records holder for the longest non-stop wheelie in a wheelchair, covering a total distance of 6.178 miles.)

Wider doorways. Sloped ramps. Designated restrooms. Structural evidences of the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA) of 1990 are present throughout [client].  Most employees have the privilege of never considering that these design elements exist or even where they are located.  However, there are [client] employees for whom existence and location of access into and throughout their place of employment matters, every moment of the day.

Our Inclusion & Diversity statement– “[client] believes that differences in age, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability, and background bring richness to our work environments.” –was not drafted to mete an act of Congress.  We have long understood that physical ability, particularly that of employees for whom the ADA was composed, was not the plumb line for which to measure intellectual acuity, creativity, or team camaraderie. Because we run on brain power, our mission is to recruit and retain the most innovative brains while accommodating the bodies wherein they are held.

When scouting for talented employees, [client] has discovered that aptitude for our industry far surpasses the perceived amount of body ability a potential employee possesses.  Whether one’s disability, to use ADA language, is obvious to everyone through the use of assistive technologies (e.g., wheelchair, sip and puff switch, voice recognition software, headwand, etc.) or is an invisible impairment (e.g., cognitive, mental, emotional, etc.), [client] invests in making reasonable accommodations a priority of Human Resources. In providing reasonable accommodations (any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions), we affirm the value each employee has to making [client] an employer of choice in aerospace and technology industries.

This month, if you are privileged to be in a work group including differently abled co-workers, observe their work styles to learn how others move through the world and excel at [client].  Imagine that they might say like Henselz, “Know me for my abilities, not my disability.”

 November 2012 — Article for the International Journal of Black Theology redacted from lecture given at the American Academy of Religion, Black Theology Group.

 May 2009 — Poem widely published online and in print in religious and theological resources.

When Mama Was God


Tikkun Magazine, Disability Justice Issue, “Made by God, Broken by Life:  Developing an African American Hermeneutic for Disability.” November 7, 2014, www.tikkun.org

International Journal of Black Theology, “Say Now, ‘Shibboleth’:  Queer(y)ing Theological and Liturgical Language in Worship.” Vol. 10.3, 2013, Equinox Publishing, Sheffield, UK.

Christianos Gays. Tagged Attribution. “Lent’s Call to Awareness.” February 26, 2012. Sunday, 1 Lent. Year B.

The African American Lectionary, Mother’s Day Lectionary Commentary.  Choreopoem: “When Mama Was God.” theafricanamericanlectionary.org, Sunday, May 10, 2009.

Hollies, Linda H.  Choreopoem: “When Mama Was God.”  Sage Sisters: Essential Lessons for African American Women in Ministry. Pilgrim Press, Jan 2007.

Snulligan-Haney, Marsha. Poems: Asfiddity Bags and Prayer Cloths” and “Since This Time Last Year”. Persons, Culture and Society: The Challenges of Transition and Transformation, in The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center Journal, Volume XXXIV, nos. 1 and 2, Fall 2006/Spring 2007.

Floyd-Thomas, Stacey M. Choreopoems: “When Mama Was God” and “I’ve Been Mixed Like Cornbread.”  Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society. New York University Press, Aug 2006.

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“Burnt Sienna:  Ethnography of a Preacher, Painter, and the Erotic.” American Academy of Religion, Religion and Sexuality Group, San Diego, 2014

“But You Don’t Look Disabled: Microaggressions, Mistakes, and Misspeaks in the Academy.” American Academy of Religion, Religion and Disabilities Studies Group, San Diego, 2014

“Made by God, Broken by Life: Developing an African American Hermeneutic for Redressing Disability Language, Metaphor of Brokenness and Differentials in Wholeness.” American Academy of Religion, Religion and Disabilities Studies Group, San Francisco, 2011.

Choreopoem: “It’s Just Water Y’all.” Ain’t I A Womanist Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought Conference, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA, 2010.

“Grapes, Watermelon, and Women: Theopoetics and Lesbian/Womanist Erotica.”  American Academy of Religion, Lesbian-Feminist Issues and Religion Group and Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group, Montreal CAN, 2009.

“Say Now “Shibboleth”—Queer(y)ing Black Homily, Hymnody, and Hollah Towards a Radically Inclusive Prophetic Gospel.” American Academy of Religion, Black Theology Group, Chicago, 2008.

“Three Points and the Poem: Theopoetics and Non-Canonical Texts, Tones, and Tools of Black Preaching.”  American Academy of Religion, Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities Group, Washington, DC. 2006.

“Say Now, Shibboleth: Queer Words at Work in Worship.”  American Academy of Religion, Western Commission for the Study of Religion, Queer Studies in Religion Group, Claremont, CA 2006.

“When Momma Was God”: Divine Imagery, Womanist Theology and Performance Poetry.” American Academy of Religion, Western Commission for the Study of Religion, Queer Studies in Religion Group, Claremont, CA 2006.

God-Talk, God-Thought, and Christian Iconography in In Too Deep, Training Day, and Shaft, and the Socio-Religious Fascination with Criminal Power in the Black Community.”  American Academy of Religion, Black Theology Group, San Antonio, TX. 2004.

“A Sin and a Shame: Domestic Violence in Religious Homes.” American Academy of Religion, Western Commission for the Study of Religion, Person Culture and Religion Group, San Francisco, 2002.

“If Only the Boys Can Preach, Then I Don’t Want to Play Church!: A Womanist Response to New Testament Study of Women, the Bible and the Church.”  Fuller Theological Seminary, New Testament, 2000.

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