I am a freelance writer based in Portland, Maine, which is my hometown. Give it up for sticking close.

Before ditching staff work for my luxurious lifestyle of home-office hermitting, I worked as the managing editor of the business magazine Mainebiz, the staff writer of the alt-weekly The Portland Phoenix, and at the start of it all, when I was 15 years old, the perpetually wide-eyed intern of the alt-rag The Casco Bay Weekly, may it's wonderfully bitchy bones rest in peace. I am a contributing editor at Down East magazine and a contributor features writer to Yankee, Maine Homes, and Maine Public Radio, among others. I am also the author of the Insider's Guide to Portland, Maine published by the Globe Pequot Press, and am just generally nerdy and annoying about the history of the little city I love.

When I'm not obsessing over facts, my other regular gig is as a fiction writer. I was a James Michener Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Miami (the caliente one) where I got an MFA in Fiction in 2011. My short stories have been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship for Maine Writers and the University of Miami's Fred Shaw Prize. 

When I have time, I love to share my passion for stories by designing and leading writer's workshops as a teaching artist at The Telling Room, a Portland nonprofit that teaches storytelling to children and teenagers. After all, as my mama taught me, stories keep the magic alive.