Though currently a local reporter, I have been an experiential educator and facilitator through a local Boy Scout Reservation since 2006, teaching communication skills through rock climbing, high ropes courses, and team-building games. I am also a book reviewer for BookBrowse, have written for a B2B luxury interior design outlet, and write and edit copy for private clients.
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut in 2012, earning my BA in English with a creative writing concentration and minors in Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Anthropology. While at UConn I worked for the student newspaper, was an editor at the literary magazine, and had an internship under the Aetna Chair of Writing.
I completed my MSc in Literature and Society at the University of Edinburgh in 2014 as a Rotary International Service Above Self Scholar. My dissertation was titled: “Liminality, Transgression, and Moralizing in the Original Fairy Tales of George MacDonald, E. Nesbit, Angela Carter, and Neil Gaiman.” In addition to serving as a peer reviewer and article editor for the post-graduate academic journal Forum, I was a reader for the James Tait Black Memorial Award in nonfiction.
I presented a portion of my dissertation research at the March 2016 NeMLA conference in Hartford, Conn. on the panel Fairy Tales in Society and Culture I: Psychology of Fairy Tales. I was also a panelist on the April 5, 2017 edition of Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe on how language use is changing in society.