Please allow me to introduce myself…

Hello! I’m currently looking for FT work where I can put my education, imagination, and problem-solving skills to excellent use. I love challenges and was raised in the Hill Country of Texas, where I learned a solid work ethic and the value of a solid handshake.

My most recent FT position was Publicity Manager at Seven Stories Press. Prior to that, I was Assistant to the Publisher (Kent Carroll) at Europa Editions. While seeking out my next full-time position I am freelancing as a site content editor and writer for (and previously for CitySearch, BlockAvenue, The Daily Muse, Press4Kids, Groupon, the Miami Theater Center, and Doostang).

In addition to writing and editing for media outlets, I’ve received high praise for my “superior,” “outstanding,” and “out of this world” (all quotes from C-level ad executives) freelance copywriting, editing, and proofreading for ad agencies such as Weber Shandwick, Jack Morton, McCann Erickson, MediaCom, and Havas Media.

I’ve also edited complex financial documents for Axioma, pedagogical case studies and web content (including SEO optimization) for The Wallace Foundation (a philanthropy founded by the same people who started Reader’s Digest), entire books, at least a dozen dissertations (from engineering and statistics to business and philosophy), and a multitude of medical, legal, and pedagogical peer-reviewed journal articles.

I’m also working on three book-length projects (tentatively titled):

  • NYC: Ten Lessons in Frugality and Faith, an account of how I manage(d) to live happily, healthily, and fully content in Manhattan for $1,000 per month, along with ten principles anyone can adopt to do it themselves;
  • At Sixes and Sevens: Annals of Dating, a collection of humorous essays about dates, sexual encounters, and random hook-ups; and
  • Meningioma 101: A Guide to Benign Brain Tumors, which combines my personal experience of having a meningioma removed (via brain surgery) with practical advice on how to navigate a meningioma diagnosis; deciding if, when, and how to have surgery; the recovery process; and moving on when recovery “ends.”

My work has been published in Time Out Chicago, Time Out Chicago Kids, Time Out New York Kids, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Appleton Post-Crescent, Chicago Parent, The Daily Gazette, Pioneer Press, The Beacon News, The Courier News, The Herald News, and The Naperville Sun, as well as on multiple web sites.

I hold a B.A. in Liberal Studies (Double Major: Philosophy & English Literature; Minor: Mathematics/Statistics) from Excelsior College (Albany, New York). My graduate studies culminated in two degrees: an M.A. in English: Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies in 2005 and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics: TESOL (focusing on curriculum and testing development) in 2008 (both from the University of Illinois at Chicago).

In addition to my work for magazines, newspapers, and websites, I owned Yellow Bird Consulting, a service to assist lawyers and doctors with their written communication skills from 1999–2012 and until from 2009–2012 ran Word of Mouth Bakery, a small vegan baking company. I’ve also taught English composition at several universities and colleges throughout the Chicagoland area, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, St. Augustine College, Truman College, and Dominican University. Visit my profile on LinkedIn for a fuller picture of my skills and work history.

In addition to looking for full-time work, I am currently accepting freelance and contract work. Contact me using the form below for rates and more information.