My roots lie deep in the fertile soil of Richmond, Virginia, where I grew up and out. I attended Florida Presbyterian College and then San Francisco State University, where I landed smack in the middle of the Vietnam War protests. After some wonderful years on the West Coast, my erratic but fulfilling journey took me to Martha’s Vineyard, where I embarked on a six-month sailing adventure from Spain to the Persian Gulf aboard trimaran Rogue Wave.
After settling in Boston, I began to navigate triple career paths as a cartoonist, writer, and professor for Lesley University and Union Institute and University. In 2004 and 2008 I published Porkbarrel Comix and continued to create editorial cartoons — my most recent feature is “The Cleo Nyle Show.” In the past few years I’ve worked as a columnist and special correspondent for a number of regional newspapers including the Arab News of Saudi Arabia, as well as a blogger for Care2, a progressive causes website, and the New England Patriots during football season. Samples of current projects (two graphic memoirs, a book and series of cartoons about feminist economics, and a book of aphorisms) are posted here, as well as archives of my gag and editorial cartoons, books and other publications.
Every fall I can be seen as a ‘minor domo’ for the Ig Nobel Award Ceremony (www.improbable.com) where I specialize in wrangling the real Nobel Laureates who participate in the fun. In the last few years I’ve been able to indulge my love of traveling: Argentina, Iceland, the UK, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Zimbabwe and South Africa, to name a few. Every year I try to run at least one half-marathon, as much as it pains me — this year my husband John and I are aiming for two: the Smuttynose (NH) in October and the Richmond half-marathon in November.
Finally, when we learned of just how dire the plight of the rhinos, elephants, cheetahs and other animals is in Africa, John and I decided to establish Earth Comix, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to use cartoons to raise awareness of the situation and showcase the many wonderful organizations and people who are committed to the fight to save these animals from extinction. The thing I do best in this world is create cartoons so that’s my weapon. As of this writing, we are halfway through the process of gaining tax-exempt status; when we do, we’ll launch a full-out publicity campaign. If you’ve read this far, I hope you’ll join the struggle in whatever way you can. More information is posted on the Earth Comix page of this site as well as at earth-comix.com.
June 18, 2015, Duxbury MA