Before calling New Orleans home she lived in New York City. With an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, she has been an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the New York Institute of Technology, but designing and directing arts programs for young children has been a more enduring passion. It was here she came “out of the closet” and onto the stage as part of the Lower East Side’s Anti-folk Community. Her debut CD, Name Her Lucky, produced by Spencer Chakedis on Baby Blue Records, was released in New York in 2000. The cut “Falling” was featured in "Rough Trade Anthology: Antifolk Volume 1," alongside Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, Jeffery Lewis, and Lach. She has been a songwriter and a performer ever since.