Summary: poet and author whose recently published collection of poetry Asylum (2008), described her experiences in overcoming a childhood automobile accident that nearly killed her when a car driven by a 13-year-old girl slammed into her family's sport utility vehicle, injuring six family members on their way to a Christmas vacation in 1994, in which she suffered from severe head injuries and was left with epilepsy, who later traveled around the world to teach English to Tibetan monks and lived in a remote artists' colony in the Venezuelan Andes mountains for several years, but who stopped taking her epilepsy medications in 2007 to facilitate her writing.
Cause of Death: Epileptic seizure
Born: February 27, 1980
Died: May 1, 2009
Location: San Francisco, California