At age five, I ‘published’ my first book in my grandparent’s apartment. Sticking smiling, yellow stickers on pages that were fused together with Elmer’s glue and covered in large, backwards Crayola-carved letters took me all morning, until I had to clear the table for lunch. That afternoon, I took my creation and stuffed it all inside a poorly cut cardboard shell, finishing the project with ‘cover art’ drawn using thick, washable markers. I even gave myself an author’s biography, which stated that this was (to the surprise of many, I’m sure) my first book but certainly not my last.
In college, my love of writing expanded as I took screenwriting, poetry, and creative nonfiction workshops, and joined writing groups that pushed me beyond my comfort zone of genre fiction. My senior year, I completed a capstone project called Science on Stage: An Examination of Scientific Rhetoric which furthered my love of science as a companion for art – a good thing, as I had a Biology major to couple my English/Creative Writing major.
My senior year capstone in Biology was in forest community ecology – but my favorite project my senior year was a survey of native bees, a project that I fell in love with despite the way it quickly overwhelmed me. It was this project that pushed me to persue my PhD at Drexel University working on the neuroanatomy and behavior of Centris pallida, a beautiful and native desert bee. In addition to earning my PhD, I’m also engaged in earning my Masters in undergraduate STEM education through the PROFESS program; I can think of no greater service than to give others the same inspiring education many of my professors have given me.
My love of science-writing led me to become a founding member of the first undergraduate Neuwrite group at Geneseo; I’m also proud to be a fledgling member and social media/website team player over at Neuwrite Philly group, while I work on building my writing profile.
My poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Firefly, UnLost, all the sins, Slag Review, Palaver, The Trumpeter, Gandy Dancer and others; the biology behind these poems can be found on my blog. I have also written for Buzz, Hoot, Roar, The Key Reporter, and The Female Scientist, and have been featured on Beyond the Boundary Science.
I am a member of AWP and the Academy of American Poets, as well as Philadelphia Neuwrite. I enjoy reading poetry for the lovely people over at Storm Cellar Quarterly as an Assistant Editor! My gamebook app, Narborion Adventures: The Burning Trees of Ormen Mau, was released August of 2016 on Android and iOS in collaboration with Liber Primus Games. My play, Experimental Ambiguity, was published in Gandy Dancer and performed at SUNY Geneseo in 2016 and by the Young, Open, and Honest Players of Penfield in 2012.