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I am a writer of considerable range, from creative writing to public policy journalism about urban and community affairs, as well as content and copywriting for a wide range of clients. I am proficient in long-form and short-form, with experience in brand, messaging, and voice guidance.


I have worked with public- and private-sector clients such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, Urban Institute, Enterprise Community Partners, Council for Professional Recognition, American Institutes for Research, Smart Growth America, the Ford Foundation, American Institute of Architects, The National Building Museum, and Applied Storytelling. 


I am also a creative writer and teacher, with an MFA in creative writing from American University. My first novel, Borrowed Light, was published in 2002 by SMU Press and won that year’s Texas Institute of Letters prize for Best First Novel, along with a nomination for Best Novel of the Year from TIL. Borrowed Light was also a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize.


I have published short stories and essays in CreativeNonfictionTOSKADefunctwelter, and The Antietam Review. My columns on grief and family life appeared online at Beliefnet from 1999 through 2003.

I have taught writing extensively in college classrooms, online, and in nontraditional, nonacademic settings to adult audiences. My teaching skills are adaptable to both online and in-person training and curriculum development.