I am from the Tennessee Valley and as much as I’ve tried to shake the southern it won’t leave–my kitchen, my accent, my writing all give me away. I love the South, even when it breaks my heart.
I am a reader, cook, and fiction writer who finally quit the corporate world after giving it a shot for 19 years. My writing background includes business communications, fiction, narrative non-fiction, and cooking, and I’ve led a variety of writing workshops.
At the present I live in Chattanooga, TN, just miles from where I have always lived, in a little blue house with my family. I received my B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and my M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2017, I co-founded The Hemlock Review, a fine arts magazine for the Chattanooga School of the Arts & Sciences community. I read fiction manuscripts for Hunger Mountain, publish essays and short stories, and am currently working with an agent for placement of my first novel.
In June 2019, I served as a Teaching Assistant for The Writer’s Hotel Conference in NYC. From December 2020 through February 2021, I was the writer in residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando, and I currently work as a writing consultant and tutoring coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.