First and foremost, Daisy is a New Orleans lady. Born at Touro hospital in 1975, she attended St. Raphael the Archangel, Academy of the Holy Angels, and Loyola University. Her Masters is from Northeastern University in Boston but she considers her true departure from The Big Easy to be in 2003 when she moved to Tampa to pursue her PhD at the University of South Florida. Having lost her childhood home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she’s made a conscious effort to celebrate the colorful literary history of New Orleans, especially in her teaching.
Before Mac laptops and social media occupied all of her free time, Daisy spent her college years dancing with the New Orleans Ballet Ensemble, the Loyola Ballet, and touring France, Hungary, and Bulgaria with the Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble. She also performed on the stages of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Rivertown Repertory Theatre, & Tulane Summer Lyric.
In 2004, while at USF, Daisy met a fiction writer named Andy one afternoon at a graduate student colloquium. Two years later they returned to that Special Collections room in the library and he proposed. Not wanting the stress of planning a wedding to get in the way of her dissertation writing & impending job search, they eloped in Australia in 2007.
Andy and Daisy now live in Wisconsin with their 4 cats, a turtle, and 2 leopard geckos. They inspire each other to write everyday and both finished degrees in 2010—his an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and hers a PhD in rhetoric and composition from the University of South Florida. Her dissertation was entitled Writing to (Re)New Orleans: The Post-Hurricane Katrina Blogosphere & Its Ability To Inspire Recovery and she continues to make social media and disaster a focus of her research.
In 2008 Daisy started as an Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 2013 she was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2014 she earned tenure. While she always has a section or two of freshman composition on her schedule, her social media expertise have led to more involved roles in both the undergraduate Professional Communication & Emerging Media program and the graduate Technical & Professional Communication program.