I am proud to be a Ft. Wayne native and really love the Summit City, especially the festivals and great places to eat downtown. I am also a big Tin Caps fan. I graduated from Homestead High school and then went on to Ball State University, where I earned my B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Religious Studies. Currently, I am finishing my M.A. in English Literature at Miami University, where I teach first-year writing classes. My research interests include children’s literature, Victorian Gothic, and cultural studies.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, starting with poetry and stories when I was in grade school. I still love storytelling and creating characters and their communities, but I now enjoy writing essays analyzing aspects of stories that other people have written and how they relate to the broader culture. In middle school and high school, I became involved with journalism, writing news and features stories, as well as serving as the editor-in-chief for my high school magazine. I also worked as a news reporter for Newstalk 1190 WOWO during my senior year. That job gave me a much better understanding of Ft. Wayne as a city, and all that it has to offer culturally. In college I was on the editorial committee for the Honors College literary magazine, The Odyssey for two years and co-editor for one. Currently I am serving as a staff reader for Miami’s literary magazine, OxMag.
While books are my biggest love, I have also been really interested in film for years. I most love old movies, romantic comedies, psychological thrillers, monster movies, and musicals. My longtime best friend, Emily, is frequently my movie buddy, whether we’re enjoying a really good movie or laughing at a really awful one. I wrote movie reviews for The Waynedale News from 2003-2005 and then started up again during the summer of 2009.
When I’m not teaching, reading, writing, or watching movies, I enjoy knitting, spending time with my family, and playing with my puppy, Rory.