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My professional writing life began at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio. While there, I started the project that would become my first full-length manuscript, which chronicles my quest to excavate lost childhood memory.

I taught elementary school and tutored middle school students before earning two master’s degrees, one in literature and criticism and the other in creative nonfiction writing. I now teach writing and education classes at Manhattanville College, work as an editor, and serve as Creative Advisor to Longridge Review.

At the heart of my writing is the belief that the world is kinder when we tell each other our stories. When all children can learn to read and write, express their point of view in words, and tell others about what they’ve seen and learned, the world will be more peaceful than it is now.

At the heart of my writing life is the belief that because I write, because I always have a piece in progress waiting for me, I never feel totally alone.

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