Who am I?

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I am a writer, journalist and educator living and working in the snowy wilderness of Buffalo, N.Y. As a writer, I dabble in creative nonfiction, prose poetry and the occasional foray into fictional whimsy. My work can be found in a variety of both online and traditional print journals and magazines (see my clips links in the menu above) and, of course, this site. I hold an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.

As a journalist, I am a freelance food and features writer, and former editor of two small community newspapers in upstate New York, covering everything from board meetings to crime, business features, entertainment and the myriad of daily goings-on that fall under none of those categories. For my work at The Springville Journal, I won two Local Media Association awards, one for Editorial Writing and one for Investigative Reporting for my breaking news coverage of a string of pharmacy robberies in the area. For my work on The Sun, I was named one of Editor & Publisher’s “25 Under 35”  after I revolutionized the paper’s social and digital media presence.

As a marketer and social media strategist, I run social media, marketing, public relations and content creation for Resurgence Brewing Company out of Buffalo, N.Y. I like to say that I make everything there except the beer itself. For my work as a marketer for RBC, Target Marketing named me a “Marketer of Tomorrow” in 2016. Check out the website I manage for Resurgence here.

As an educator, I am currently a visiting professor of journalism and communications at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. My courses focus on introductions to the field of journalism in print, digital and multimedia forms, as well as narrative journalism, reporting and newsgathering. I also oversee the senior portfolio class, in which graduating seniors prepare to face the world with the collection of work they’ve created under our tutelage. During the summer, I teach creative writing with National Geographic Student Expeditions.

I have also taught digital writing at Niagara University and  a survey and workshop class on creative writing for adults working in all genres and at all experience levels at Frontier and Hamburg continuing education, as well as a course on memoir for first-time memoir writers, in which we explore our unique stories and turn them into narratives. I have also taught travel photography for high school students and tutored students in SAT English and Writing, both as a private consultant and with the Huntington Learning Center, Inc.

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