She later attended Binghamton University.
In 2010, she was named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn. “I started questioning even at a very young age, well, what is language?” she said. “What is the role of words?”
She received her master of fine art"s degree in poetry from Columbia University.
She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and The City University of Hong Kong.
Along with poets Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar, she is the co-editor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, West. West. Norton, 2008. Her latest collection of poetry, Of Gods & Strangers, was published October 2011.
Her work has appeared in numerous publications such as The New York Times, McSweeney"s, and Ploughshares. She has held residencies at MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Artist"s Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Fundacion Valparaiso, Ragdale, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.