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About Me

My specialty is creative writing, primarily fiction and creative nonfiction. However, I'm proficient in copy writing, blog posts, opinion pieces, and research/academic articles. 

I'm a bookstore manager in Lafayette, Louisiana. I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 2015. My fiction and essays have been published widely, online and in print. I'm a former (and who knows, maybe future?) instructor. Outside of writing and reading, my interests include current affairs, basketball, baseball, mental health awareness, film, and spending way too much time on Twitter. 

Industries I Write About



My Writing Samples

What Is Possible

This essay examines my process and relationship to craft and creativity in the flash fiction medium.


You Against You

This piece of creative nonfiction examines my life changes, mental health, and outlook through viewings of the "Rocky" film series.


You Don't Get to Do This

In this work of fiction, a mother to a special needs child faces a series of choices in her pursuit of happiness and fulfillment.


Now More Than Ever: Abundance in Challenging Times

This post for Ivy Exec discusses the abundance mindset, and how its tools and framework can help business executives in uncertain times.



Contributing Editor

I read widely and select a recently published piece of fiction as Longform's Fiction Pick of the Week.

Company: Longform.org

I worked there from 12/2012 until now

Content I Write