Media and Publishing
My love of literature and the performing arts and their ability to influence and transform people and society stem from early childhood exposure to books, film, live theater, dance, and classical music. After taking my first creative writing workshop during my freshman year at Mount Holyoke College, I began writing fiction and creative nonfiction in earnest, earning an MFA in Fiction Writing at the University of Washington, where I studied under National Book Award Winner Charles Johnson. Since that time, I've published more than 30 short stories, essays, and an award-winning memoir. This lifelong devotion to literature and the arts has prompted me to work with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including The Authors Guild, for which I serve as a paid communications consultant, writing about the media and publishing industry.