My first career, if you don’t count a short stint in high school as the drive-up window girl at Pup n’Taco, was in museum education. After an internship at the Des Moines Art Center with the amazing Suzan Shutan, I continued to work at museums around the Midwest for over ten years until I left to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota. The most interesting part of every museum job was hanging around with the permanent collections, but a close second was delivering school and public programs focused on objects from those same collections and traveling exhibitions.
I veered into the paths of writers in 2015, while living in Egypt, when I attended Vermont College of Fine Art Novel Retreat in Montpellier. I later joined thousands of other aspiring writers to participate in the University of Iowa’s MOOC, “How Writer’s Write Fiction”, facilitated by Christopher Merrill and Angela Flournoy. A year later, I was selected as a mentee for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, which was a big turning point for me.
I graduated from Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio Online 2017. Since 2016 I have been an active member of the Brussels Writers’ Circle, where I was a co-facilitator of weekly meetings. In 2019, I served as curator and publisher of THE CIRCLE 19: A BRUSSELS ANTHOLOGY, the third anthology of short stories and poems by members of the Brussels Writers’ Circle.
I am a proud member of Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Independent Book Publishers Association and the Creative Academy.