What I Love
I love writing. When I was in preschool, I would write short whodunit mysteries involving my classmates; in elementary, I wrote an as-yet unfinished novel about the ongoing war between dogs and squirrels. (I'll get to it eventually.) I'll never stop writing, and I will continue to do so in my professional life.
My first love, though, is music. When I was in 4th grade, I got my first snare drum. I played drums throughout high school and college, and began singing in the 9th grade. After realizing I had a gift for that, I focused my attention on my voice, and made that my minor in undergrad. I continue to sing wherever I can, and will hopefully continue to do so my entire life.
I'm a media junkie in general. From television and film to gaming and books, you'll rarely catch me without some form of entertainment at hand. While most people expect me to be a complete Boston sports fanatic, my only real allegiance is to the Boston Celtics. I also enjoy combat sports of all varieties, ranging from boxing and kickboxing to jiujitsu and mixed martial arts.
I am an unabashed animal lover. Specifically, I like dogs more than most people. Their unwavering loyalty and companionship is beautiful.
Who I Am
I was born in 1990 and raised in Natick, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school, I moved out to Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. While there, I studied political science and vocal performance, graduating in 2012 with a degree, a really long thesis paper on authoritarian Arab regimes and how they use the Internet to suppress dissent. I enlisted in AmeriCorps in August of that year worked in AmeriCorps VISTA for two years. Still, school called me back. In 2015, I received my Master's degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Now I'm living in Silver Spring, Maryland, where I edit books for a living.
What I Do
I currently work as an associate production editor for Rowman & Littlefield, a leading independent academic publisher. I will follow books from final manuscript to printing, coordinating proofreaders, copy editors, typesetters and more. It's an entirely new industry for me, but my familiarity with project management and experience in writing have given me a unique set of skills to tackle this job.
I don't know what my "dream job" is. I think it's presumptuous to plot the destination without the course you're going to take. That's why I like to say I have an ambition: I always want to be writing and editing. In any position I have, I want to be able to send my words out into the world and help others hone their own writing to a fine point. It is my lifelong passion, and with luck, it will be my lifelong profession. If I can do that, live comfortably, and take a vacation near white sand and blue waters every few years, I will be more than content.