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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 with husband and children

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. In 2022, The New Literary Project awarded me one of nine inaugural Jack Hazard Fellowships. 

In addition to teaching English, and caring for my daughters, I continue to write and workshop a collection of essays about my family's experiences abroad and our encounters with local and refugee families in Germany.  

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