I fell in love with the Windy City and use writing to express that love in my unique way.

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Creativity with a Mind for Marketing

I crave quality interactions with Chicago’s creative entrepreneurs, alternative healing and wellness practitioners, and small businesses changing the status quo by engaging authentically with their communities. I want to be rewarded for my creativity and help others do the same: to have a career “outside the box”—that sells.

I love working with art and people behind the scenes. Behind a computer screen. Hyping something I really believe in. Capturing the sentiment. Putting the ineffable thing into just the right words.

I have helped clients with

  • Web Copy
  • Blogs
  • E-Newsletters
  • Social Media

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Blog Samples

Why Color Choice is Important

De La Foye Design Studio blog

“Everyone has different feelings and ideas about colors—on a conscious level. What designers and marketing directors know about color is that it communicates much more directly to the subconscious.”

8 Ways to Share Social Beats Campaigns

Snips Media blog

Social Beats is a type of campaign you can use as a Snips influencer to promote music, podcasts, and other audio content. Not a music influencer? Great! Snipping songs can be an unexpected and entertaining way to engage with your followers.”

A Study in High-End Mid Century Modern

Linda Shaughnessy Chicago Luxury Properties blog

“In a market now flooded with mass-produced copycat pieces, where does a homeowner with a high-end budget begin to recreate this look while prioritizing quality and authenticity?

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Prose and Journalism

Essays and Reviews

My essays and reviews have appeared in various literary magazines.

Review of The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang in punctuate.

“Wang’s essays comprise an oral history of one woman’s cohesive, continuous effort towards understanding and living with her mental illness, which defies explanation and categorization. She grapples with the systems imposed on her for coding and understanding schizophrenia, decision-making and responsibility, treatment and control, and through these essays has assembled a functional picture of her schizophrenic experience as a whole, gifted and unique person with a family, a career, goals, and desires.”

“Bohemia is Dead: Watching RENT in 2018” in CLASH magazine

“My memories of these songs—which I haven’t listened to much in the years since the Bradford Theater Arts production took my high school by storm in 2008—are tinged by my memories of the people I first shared these songs with and who I was when they came into my life…The truth is that I had all the opportunities in the world to sing and act, but I was too scared of failure, too busy comparing myself to my peers to tap into my own creativity.”

Interview with Dollhouse Reading Series curators Holly Amos and Dolly Lemke in Columbia Poetry Review

“Both Columbia College Chicago Creative Writing MFA alums, Amos and Lemke or, more fun-to-say Holly and Dolly, have provided not only a monthly reading opportunity, but also a community space for new and experienced poets from near and far to mingle.”

Review of Pelican by Emily O’Neill in Columbia Poetry Review

Emily O’Neill crafts a fragmented narrative of a second-coming-of-age: already a young woman, the speaker’s life continues to change throughout the death of her father, a miscarriage, bouts of depression, battles with violence towards the female body, and her continuous search for comfort in the forms of sex, whiskey, and freedom from the demons of her past.”

Journalism

I cover local authors and poetry events for the Windy City Times.

Queeriosity open mic kicks off ‘Louder Than a Bomb’

YCA’s smallest, most intimate program goes beyond standard “safe space” principles to provide an environment where young people can openly speak their truths and explore their identities with a supportive audience.

Chicago poets bear witness to LGBTQ-lived experiences in four new collections

“Chicago is famous for a lot of things, but one of its best-kept secrets is a thriving community of some of the country’s most innovative poets…Four new collections released by Chicago poets this fall are deeply rooted in their racial and LGBTQ identities.”

Collaborative work spotlights older trans, GNC individuals

“More than five years of work snowballed into To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults—consisting of a book released in September, an exhibition, a portfolio for museums and teaching institutions, an expansive archive of oral history and much more.”

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Poems

“Please Let Me Sit in the Passenger Seat” I & II and “Double Solitaire” in Anti-Heroin Chic, April 2019

“Estate Sale” and “Prayer on the Edge of 17” in A Farther Room issue 1

“Drowning Lessons,” Academy of American Poets

“<yes yes yes>” in Columbia Poetry Review 30, Spring 2017

“Puddle Jumper” in Redheaded Stepchild Fall/Winter ’16

“Lampyridae” in Literature Emitting Diodes

“Morning Hesperus” and “Lake Michigan Love Song” in Hobo Camp Review 20

“Asterisk” in The Bonkness Monster

Awards and Internships

I have held editorial internships with Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, Columbia Poetry Review, and RHINO Poetry. My poem “Drowning Lessons” was selected by Carmen Gimenez Smith for the 2017 Lannan Prize, and my poem “Romancing the Crocodile” received an honorable mention in the 2016 Lannan Poetry Contest judged by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers. I was honored to receive the 2016-2017 Nathan Breitling Poetry Fellowship.