I am first and foremost, a writer: I believe in disruption with words, healing with words, human connection with words, revolution with words, escape with words. I love, more than anything, the way a sun sets behind an un-visited dive bar on a hot, summer evening midweek, the blacktop vibrating with possibility.
I am multi-genre: I do not conform to one writer’s identity. I write narrative nonfiction, poetry, essay, short fiction, young adult fiction….and blends and bends of anti-genre forms. I also engage in academic research, specializing in pop culture and the horror genre, and enjoy fusing the creative & the critical, and hybridizing forms of writing to embrace nonconforming expectations.
I am a multipotentialite: I have panicked at the question “what do you want to be when you grow up” since I answered author at age four and my life flashed before my eyes with every lost potential career path. And so, I’ve embraced my mutlipotentiality and the gig economy, which has allowed me to pursue several avenues within the world of writing. I am an editor at the literary journal South Broadway Press. I also run my own freelance services business Stardust Writing Services, providing copywriting and copyediting and online content creation for a variety of businesses and brands. As an SEO specialist, I am proud to write as senior copywriter for the female-owned company Rexpert Marketing.
I am an educator: I am a college writing instructor and teach across the Denver Metro area. I am passionate about media and digital literacy and strongly believe in the fight against misinformation and aim to empower students with knowledge and tools to fight back against propaganda and other manipulative digital-age weapons in our post-truth era. I embrace a decentralized pedagogy, focusing on the disruption, dismantling, and decolonization of standard academic practices in order to reject systems of patriarchy, ableism, and white supremacy that uphold harmful power structures and further marginalize learners. I believe that education and literacy by nature, is radical.
I am an Exvangelical: Among other projects, I am currently writing my memoir If You Loved Me, You Would which details my personal experience coming of age in the fundamentalist, evangelical faith during the peak of Purity Culture and Toxic Americana’s union in the late 90’s/early 00’s, which ultimately cycled other forms of abuse until I eventually left the church at age 21, divorced and deconstructed. As part of this journey, I am co-editing the anthology Take the Fruit, Flood the Desert: A Religious Trauma Anthology which offers a platform for other fundamentalist survivors to share their stories (now accepting submissions — please submit!)
I am a mother: I write a lot about the human experience, and as a mother, my experience is often communicated through the lens of mothering two headstrong, wild daughters. I am currently pitching my completed full-length, hybrid collection about the intersections of mothering in the face of trauma and depression entitled A Lifetime of Ordinary Moments for publication. I believe in love, family, and community–in child-centered kinship and community care to support all mothers.
I am a revolutionary: I believe we are not here to simply work until we die. I actively resist toxic productivity culture, dominant culture, and the status quo. I believe it is our responsibility as active participants in society to critique, change, and be radical in our choices to protect the earth and its people. I believe it is our civic and human responsibility to engage, resist, and be vocal in order to build and maintain the world we want for ourselves and future generations. This entails constant, hard work. I refuse to believe the current way of existing together is the best that we’ve got; a better world is possible. For anti-racist resources, please visit Anti-Racism Daily, sign-up for the newsletter and contribute as a member of our global society.
I am a wanderer: I was born and raised in the fragrant orange groves of inland Southern California, but I’ve been chasing that elusive concept of home since I witnessed the vast, east Texan sky bloom on my very first cross-country road trip at the age of seven. I am a true nomad, forever craving the taste of gravel burrowed beneath my gumline: I never stay put, and The Road will always be my mistress, my mother, my true home. I guess I got that ramblin’ bone…