I am a writer living in Durham, North Carolina. My writing has appeared in the Rumpus, Brevity, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and elsewhere. You can find my published work here.
I am in the process of completing my first manuscript, a memoir about the year I spent traveling with my boyfriend through Ghana, South Africa, and Europe following my mother's death from breast cancer when I was twenty-two. Most of my published essays are excerpts from the manuscript or are on the same subject. While I seek agent representation for this manuscript, I am at work on my next book, a collection of short stories.
I grew up in Chicago but am currently based in Durham, North Carolina and am compelled by the way place affects our senses of identity and community. I hold an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Chatham University with concentrations in Travel Writing and the Pedagogy of Creative Writing. In 2011, I graduated from Elon University with a BA in English (creative writing) and in Art History and a minor in African/African-American Studies. I have taught creative writing in the Allegheny County Jail, the Orleans Parish Prison work release program, and Our Clubhouse, a cancer support center in Pittsburgh. In the summers, I'm a leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions.