I grew up in the Fingerlakes region of New York State, After completing my B.A. in Texas, I lived for over a decade in Europe as a student in Italy and in the U.K. and Germany as an expat. 

During my MA studies at the University of New Orleans, I discovered my love for the genre of creative nonfiction, and in 2011, I received the Seraphia Leyda Award for the best MA thesis in English for my creative thesis. 

Currently, I teach English, care for my four daughters, and regularly workshop drafts with other creative writers in New Orleans.