Where I'm From
I spent the first 18 years of my life growing up in the north Chicago suburbs where I learned to read at the age of 3 with the help of magnetic letters on the refrigerator. Many thanks to this and to my mother reading chapter books with me regularly, in first grade I dressed for career day at school as a writer. It was at this young age that I first discovered my love for language and rhythm.
As it turns out, both poetry and dance utilize language, rhythm, and movement (although in different ways) as forms of expression and communication. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I became deeply entrenched in both, and while friends considered practical and promising careers in fields such as technology and sciences, I became determined to make my passions align with my place in the grown-up world.
And so I went to Hope College in the tiny tulip town of Holland, Michigan to study poetry and dance. After four years, when faced with the possibility of leaving my lovely life and joining the “real world,” I decided I’d rather not. Ever.
I earned my Master of Fine Arts at Roosevelt University in Creative Writing so that I could continue a lifetime of conversations about art, literature, and life. I have been teaching writing at the college level since.
Where I'm Going
I believe in the ability of the arts to inspire thought, emotion, and ultimately to prompt change in oneself and in the world. To this end, I devote my life to writing, teaching, and dancing. I even have a tattoo on my ankle of the Czech word "duvera," which translates to believe - my reminder that I believe in the arts, and to always put my efforts toward things I believe in.
My poetry has been published in a number of literary journals, and my chapbook, Prague in Synthetics, is now available from Finishing Line Press. I am currently working on a collection of poems titled The Length of Distance centered on the distances, both physical and emotional, in relationships. I teach composition, creative writing, and literature at the college level, where I make it my personal goal to show students that writing is about thinking, that writing is about participating in a larger conversation, that writing is powerful. (And to open even the most skeptical of students up to the wide-open, wonderful world of poetry.) I am available for small group and private coaching in poetry, essay writing, and technical writing in the Philadelphia area and online.
Additionally, after taking a few years off from dancing to focus on my writing instruction, I determined that the inclusion of percussive dance in my life contributes significantly to my wholeness as a poet and as a person. I continue to perform professionally in the Philadelphia area with The Lady Hoofers and am available for private tap instruction throughout the city.
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