About me

I am a writer, teacher, lover, and seeker on a path of revolutionary transformation.  Mamos Rotnelli is my pen name. 

I teach humanities, ethics, and spoken word poetry at an alternative school in a multi-racial working class community.  We do a lot of healing from trauma through writing, play, and community building. In my free time I organize to end the school-to-prison pipeline and to undermine white supremacy in the schools. 

I write about learning and teaching on the Creativity Not Control blog.  My friends and I post reflections on life in the classroom, learning activities and games, creative writing, community news updates, and strategic thinking about organizing.  Our motto is "learning for life, not labor". 

I am influenced by comparative liberation theologies, Marxist and queer theories of religion, and Jesus's gospel of illegal love.  More on the tendencies and traditions I remix here

I've been involved in a number of social movements since 2003: anti-war, Palestine solidarity, labor, anti-austerity/ anti-budget cuts, Occupy, anti-police brutality, anti-deportation, and the struggle against youth incarceration. I used to write about these on the Black Orchid Collective blog, and I will keep posting reflections on this blog. 

I studied poetry and religion at Brown, and I have a Masters in Theology from Notre Dame and a Masters in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University. 

I am practicing theater of the oppressed, somatics, dance, music, and spoken word, and I'm down to connect with people who want to play, create, and learn together, especially if it helps us heal and grow so we can overthrow capitalism.