M.F.A., The New School, New York, NY—Creative Writing: Fiction, 2002
B.A., Hiram College, Hiram, OH—English Literature, 1997
Curator, The Sunday Salon, October 2002 – 2011
Recruited, organized, and hosted readers for a monthly prose reading series in NYC; co-edited online literary magazine, SalonZine; maintained and updated website (www.sundaysalon.com); helped found two Sunday Salon sister series, in Chicago (March 2006-present) and Nairobi, Kenya (March 2007-present)
Curator, Girls Write Now Day, 2007 – 2009
Organized mentor/mentee reading in celebration of International Women’s Day; secured sponsorship for event
Instructor, Writing Department, The New School, March 2004 – May 2007
Courses: “Basic Writing” & “Exploring Creative Writing” (Fall 2004-Fall 2007); “Writing on the Borders: An Exploration of Hybrid Genres” (Spring 2007); guest lecturer in sociology course “Confronting Objectivity” (Spring 2007, Spring 2008); developed the course “World Literature and the Politics of Representation” (Spring 2008)
Workshop Leader, Girls Write Now, 2006 – 2007
Developed content and led genre-based writing workshops for high school girls and their mentors; secured special guest writers.
“Voir Dire” (story), “Street Lover,” & “Sea” (prose poems), Flaneur Foundry, ISSUE II, “sleep prngrphr,” Spring/Summer 2010; “Devour” & “Settling,” (poems) Best of Stain, Volume 2, Spring 2009; “Audacity: The New Scarlet Letter” (essay) and “Default” (poem), SalonZine, “Audacity” issue, Winter 2009; “Bird,” (prose poem) Vibrant Gray, blue issue, & Best of Vibrant Gray Chapbook, February 2008; “The Newcomer on the Block,” (essay) Hiram, U.S.A.: Essays from the Hill, December 2007; “For Love,” (prose poem) Barrow Street, Summer 2005; “Something to Match her Couch,” (short short) Pindeldyboz, January 2003; “Knees,” (prose poem), La Petite Zine, August 2002; “The Death of Stars” (one-act play) & “The Multicolored Blanket,” (short story), Hiram Literary Arts Magazine, Spring 1997
Pete’s Candy Store Reading Series, NYC, January 2010; Release Party for Janice Brabaw’s collection, Tongue for Folie, NYC, December 2009; An Echo, A Stain Reading Series, NYC, May 2009; Hiram, U.S.A.: Essays from the Hill Reading, Hiram, Ohio, February 2009; Inspired Word Reading Series, NYC, January 2009; Boxcar Reading Series, NYC, December 2008; Phoenix Reading Series, NYC, March 2007; Sunday Salon, Chicago, March 2006 & March 2007; Brooklyn Writers’ Space Reading Series, NYC, May 2005; Sunday Salon, New York, August 2002
Residency, Artists’ Enclave at I-Park, July 2004; Honorable Mention, East Central Colleges Literary Competition, 1997; 1st Place, Foote Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, 1997; 3rd Place, Foote Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, 1996
ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMUNICATIONS / DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE:
Digital Marketing Specialist, LifeBridge Health/Center for Hope
Baltimore, MD, April 2018 – present
Communication/marketing lead for Center for Hope (umbrella organization for Baltimore Child Abuse Center and other violence intervention initiatives of LifeBridge Health as of January 2019). Copywriter/editor on marketing projects across the LifeBridge Health system, including websites, brochures and other informational material, marketing campaigns, etc. Writer for internal and external magazines, annual reports and other publications.
Communications & Development Coordinator, Notre Dame Mission Volunteers-AmeriCorps
Baltimore, MD, July 2017 – April 2018
Responsibilities included tracking and generating gift acknowledgements, grant writing, and producing annual newsletter and fundraising appeals. NDMV promotes literacy and education, partnering with AmeriCorps to place volunteers in 29 cities in the U.S., and has an international presence in Haiti as well.
Website & Social Media Manager, Equality Now,
New York, NY, July 2010 – April 2016
I have a passion for human rights and all things online. In this position, I managed the website (in English, Spanish, French & Arabic) and social media for Equality Now, an international organization focused on the legal rights of women and girls with the ultimate goal of achieving gender equality. Our main program areas of work are: Discrimination in Law, Sexual Violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and Trafficking. In partnership with grassroots groups, Equality Now raises international visibility of individual cases of abuse, mobilizes public support through its global membership, and wields strategic political pressure to ensure that governments enact or enforce laws and policies that uphold the rights of women and girls.
Creative Director, Beckoning for Change
New York, NY, October 2009
Coordinated web launch of organization dedicated to artists working for social causes through their art, including generating/editing all web content
Assistant Director/Assistant to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, The New School Bachelor’s Program
New York, NY, February 2003 – September 2009
Advised 50-60 students, primarily those focused on writing; walk-in & crisis advising for our 800 undergraduates; coordinated web updates for program website; served on divisional appeals committee, university academic advising committee, writing and literature area of study committees, search committees and other programmatic, divisional, & university-wide committees; monitored students’ academic standing & degree completion; assisted in development of program, curriculum, and special projects; supervised office staff and office management; liaison with other university offices and departments.
Special Projects Coordinator, The Loading Dock
Baltimore, MD, October 1999 – Aug 2000
Wrote grants and coordinated fund raising efforts and gift acknowledgement; created and maintained organization’s web site; responsible for all public and media relations from local to international; wrote press releases, articles for publications; produced all internal and external communications pieces, including annual report, staff newsletter, outreach mailings, fliers and brochures
Communications Associate, Center for Poverty Solutions
Baltimore, MD, September 1997 – September 1999
Wrote press releases; coordinated media activities for agency with staff of 75 and budget of $4.5 million; produced quarterly mailing to over 1,000 major donors; wrote, edited, created layout for agency newsletters with audience of 25,000; created & maintained organization’s web site; designed and wrote copy for brochures, programs, ads, annual report; managed publicity for agency’s fund raising events and campaigns
The Baldwin Prize (thebaldwinprize.org) March 2019 – present—reader. The Baldwin Prize is an essay competition open to students at Baltimore City College High School. Inspired by the writer James Baldwin, the Prize helps young people use the written word to explore their humanity and their place in the world.
Girls Write Now (girlswritenow.org), February 2006 – February 2010—positions have included mentor, workshop leader, program board committee member, development director, Girls Write Now Day coordinator, Spring Reading coordinator, and advisory board member. Girls Write Now is the only East Coast nonprofit that matches underserved high school girls with an interest in writing with a personally selected professional woman writer for one-on-one weekly mentoring, monthly workshops, and additional programming.
Scholastic Writing Awards (artandwriting.org), February 2006 – February 2010—serve as a juror for the premier national literary organization promoting high school art and writing.
El HIguerel, El Salvador, July 2009, July 2011—community visit and volunteering; set up “Friends of El Higueral” network on Facebook for information sharing.
Fashion For All, May 2009—volunteered with all aspects of event set up, execution, and break down. Fashion For All’s inaugural event in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, where women in low-income communities enjoyed a day of dignified shopping & access to community resources, was attended by nearly 200 women. Partner organizations included Successful Start, Fort Greene Snap, Dress for Success, and Mary Kaye Cosmetics.
Ten Thousand Villages (www.tenthousandvillages.com), 1997 – 2000—volunteer sales staff for one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, building long-term relationships with artisans based on mutual understanding and respect.
Habitat for Humanity (www.chesapeakehfh.org), 1999—all women’s build.
Americorps*VISTA (www.americorps.org), 1997—national service program designed specifically to fight poverty in which members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency.
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