I grew up in a town called Franklin Square- a small suburban neighborhood on Long Island, which is currently noteworthy as the home of J-WoW.
After high school, I attended Nassau Community College, where I majored in Biology. When I transferred to Stony Brook University, though, I began reading and writing as an English major. I was helped along that path by a chance encounter with a course on Renaissance Poetry, which provided me with both a mentor and an immediate (and to that point, unknown) passion.
In 2011, I graduated from the English program at Stony Brook and began working as an Operations Manager at Plainview Hospital, while continuing to work (part time) as a Writing Tutor at Farmingdale State College. By 2012, I had led writing seminars in Manhattan, been chosen as a judge for a the 2012 Stony Brook University Poetry Contest, worked as a freelance journalist for the NY Press, and become Editor-in-Chief of The Washington Pastime. However, my ultimate goal is to become an avant-garde writer/poet (maybe) a professor of English. Essentially, I want to be a professional English major.
Some of my favorite stories are works of speculative fiction: Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Percy Jackson and The Olympians, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Inheritance Cycle, American Gods, The Magician, The Satanic Verses, The Faerie Queeneand, and Paradise Lost- all of which have helped to influence my writing and my ideas about literature.
In 2011, I wrote my first publish-worthy short story, entitled The Magician’s Wife, as well a folio of poetry, which is written with fixed forms (or close semblances thereof) including Spenserian, Petrarchan, and Shakespearian sonnets, as well as a few pieces on literature, music, writing, current events, and health care. In 2012, I began work on several full-length manuscripts while completing several more non-fiction pieces and short stories, including Dizzy.
I am currently devoting my time to The Washington Pastime, where I am combining my business and literary savvy. I live in Manhattan with my dog, Astra. My plans for the future include applying (and getting in) to Clarion, or an Master’s Program.
If you would like to contact me about employment, to inquire about freelance writing and/or editing, or to book a lecture/reading, please feel free to contact me.
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