I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a big family with a lot of animals where I was unschooled for most of my K-12 education. I loved to read (still do) and escaped into books to avoid hard things, riding the 67F bus down to the Carnegie Library and carrying home as many books as I could many days a week. Then I moved to Saint Louis, MO to attend Washington University in St Louis where I studied Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing. Now I live in Birmingham, AL because my husband is attending medical school here. I have traveled all over the United States, as well as abroad to Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Iceland. I briefly lived in Bellingham, WA and adore the Pacific Northwest. I have a strong desire to someday live in Santa Fe. I hate being on airplanes but love carbonated drinks, my dogs, modern poetry, contemporary art museums & all things spiritual. I am a lifelong vegetarian, have lived in more apartments and houses than I can count, was once homeless and have hitchhiked up the California coast.
I have worked as a photographer for Washington University in St Louis, the Riverfront Times, the Endangered Wold Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden and many other private clients. My photography work has been featured three times on the front page of Wordpress.com and in eight exhibitions (six in Saint Louis and two in New York City). It has also been published in the Huffington Post, Alabama Photographers, Broken Light Collective, Blue Monday Review, A&S Magazine, Armour Magazine, Spires Intercollegiate Arts & Literary Magazine and Student Life.
I am currently exploring a new direction in my photography work - it's somewhere between portraiture, fashion photography & visual storytelling. The two photographers I know of closest to this style are Nirrimi (here) & Julia Trotti (here).
My poetry has been published in Kalkion, The Bookends Review, Camroc Press Review, Editor's Eye, Cur.ren.cy Literary Magazine, Danse Macabre du Jour & Spires Intercollegiate Arts & Literary Magazine. My other writing has been featured by the International Bipolar Foundation, VSA Missouri & the Sam Fox School of Art & Design. I have been in one drawing exhibition in Birmingham, AL and have had my flower arrangements featured five times at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA.
My two books, One Six Billionth and Putting the Ghosts to Rest: Poems & Photographs, are currently available on Amazon as paperbacks or Kindle e-books.
My latest project is Deer Heart, a digital magazine of many mediums, which I started in September of 2017. I've recently expanded it into a paperback/e-book press as well.