Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, I’ve been living in various parts of NY state since 2000. A triple-threat with a ballpoint pen, I write poetry and young adult fiction and edit professionally. My fiction is represented by Erin Harris at Folio/Folio Jr.

My days are filled with writing, editing chapbooks for Black Lawrence Press, editing for private clients through Copper Lantern Studio, and coaching writers through Author Accelerator. I’m also a #PitchWars mentor! I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University and an MA in Higher Education from NYU and have studied with book editors, copyeditors, and literary agents through NYU’s Center for Publishing.

When I’m not working, you can find me reading, hanging out with my husband and cats, tinkering with recipes, playing Seven Wonders (the board game), watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey (let’s go Pens!), and revisiting my adolescence through television.

Here’s a short list of the TV shows and movies that are basically part of my soul. Yes, they are mostly from the 90s.

My So-Called Life, Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, Alias, The OCThe Americans, Saved by the Bell, Hey Dude, Third Rock from the Sun.

Reality Bites, Zoolander, The Princess Bride, Romeo + Juliet, Father of the Bride, Back to the Future, Labyrinth, When Harry Met Sally, the Before Sunrise sequence.

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