I teach play-based storytelling classes for kids and writing workshops for teenagers throughout the northeast.
In her book The Good Times Are Killing Me, Lynda Barry writes, “Playing and fun are not the same thing, though when we grow up we may forget that, and find ourselves mixing up playing and happiness. There can be a kind of amnesia about the seriousness of playing, especially when we played by ourselves.” I am devoted to the seriousness of playing—sports, forests, werewolves, imagined deaths, made-up games that engulf hours. Play is a generative creative state that allows us to write, at last, new rules for the world. In my teaching and writing, I live for play’s depth and delight.
I hold degrees from Wesleyan University (BA, 2017) and Boston University (MFA, 2018). My poems have won the Henrietta O Rogers Award, (Connecticut College, '14), the Sophie Reed Prize (Wesleyan University, '16) the Sarah Hannah Prize (Wesleyan University, '16 and '17), the Adroit Prize for Poetry Editor's List (2013 & 2016), National YoungArts Finalist status (2013), and a Scholasic Gold Medal Writing Portfolio (2013). I've received an Olin Fellowship from Wesleyan University to research banshees in Ireland, and a Robert Pinsky Travel Fellowship to write in Italy.
I currently live in Brooklyn NY, where I teach English to gifted public high school students, nanny, and give freelance writing workshops.