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I’m a graduate of Michigan State University, where I earned my undergraduate degree in German, with a minor in English, and have been a high school English teacher since 2006. During my time in this role, I have advised the high school yearbook (2008-2013) and resurrected the high school’s literary magazine, as well as advised the German Club. I am also the department head/lead teacher of the English Department.
In 2013, I completed a Master’s of Liberal Studies in Arts and Culture with a concentration in Creative Writing at University of Denver, allowing me to expand my teaching role to a college-level dual enrollment course called College Composition.
My work has appeared on Lifein10minutes.com, SweatPantsandCoffee.com, Richmond.com, extramile.thehartford.com, blog.league.com, ScoutKnows.com, and MyTrendingStories.com, as well as in Mother Earth Living, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Christian Science Monitor, Cicada, and Nine Lives: A Life in Ten Minutes Anthology, among other publications. Currently, I am working on the revisions of my first novel, tentatively titled Goodbye for Now, in addition to various freelance projects. I also embarked on a year-long novel-writing class at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and completed the manuscript of my second novel, The Experiment.
I am a member of James River Writers , Virginia Outdoor Writers Association (VOWA), and The Poetry Society or Virginia, as well as a regular participant in Life in 10 Minutes workshops. In May 2019, my poem “Running Eulogy” was awarded second place in the Miriam Rachimi category of the Poetry Society of Virginia’s Annual Contest. A year before, I was honored when my poem, “Salem’s Indifferent Ox,” was awarded second place in the Nancy Byrd category of the same contest. In March 2018, VOWA awarded my story, “Rescued bird teaches lesson on where to find home,” with an Excellence in Craft award: Second Place Column. In March 2019, my story “In the Alaskan Bush” was awarded first-place column in the VOWA Excellence in Craft Contest. In December 2019, an essay I wrote and submitted to the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign earned $5,000 for the Richmond SPCA.
The past three years, I have worked as a juror for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. I am also the former chairperson of the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association Collegiate Undergraduate Writing and Photo Contest, as well as a current board member.
The dogs who give this blog its name stuck with me through all dozen drafts of my first novel–curling up by my side as I typed away hour after hour, creating characters who sometimes seem as real to me as my own friends and family, and places inspired by my current hometown in Virginia. You will get to know my canine companions quite well if you stick with me throughout my blogging, freelance writing, and novel-writing journey; they will be featured regularly as they continue to support my writing endeavors–and remind me when it’s time for a walk, a treat, or some backyard playtime. You can get even more of their canine cuteness on my Instagram account.