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The cover image, designed by Tanya Shaw Jeffrey, for a package of LGBTQ-related stories that I wrote in April 2013.

I

have written since I was very young. One of my first stories, composed during my elementary school years, was about an elephant who got stuck in a little boy’s bathtub.

Since then, I’ve dabbled in fiction, spent many years writing with and co-facilitating writing improv groups, and completed numerous critiques and edits for friends’ novels. But my true passion when it comes to writing leans to narrative non-fiction and using words to help people think critically about and connect more intimately with the individuals and the larger world around them.

During my time at the Colorado Springs Independent, I primarily edited others’ copy — but I was also given the opportunity to write for both the news and arts & entertainment departments. I have earned a variety of awards for my stories, including:

  • First Place Excellence in Journalism Awards in both Education Reporting and Health Reporting from the Colorado Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists;
  • First Place AltWeekly Award in Breaking News for my contributions to our staff’s coverage of the Waldo Canyon Fire from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.
  • Third Place Excellence in Journalism Award for News Columns from the Colorado Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

You can also find my work in magazines such as: Spirituality & Health, Utne Reader, Colorado Springs Style, Springs Magazine, and the Colorado College Bulletin.

One of my biggest honors was receiving the 2011 GLBTA Community Award for a reporter with a print publication from the Colorado Springs Pride Center.

A complete collection of my writing for the Colorado Springs Independent can be found here. And a portfolio of other work can be found here on Muck Rack. But here’s a sneak peek of just some of the people I’ve interviewed, issues I’ve delved into, and experiential pieces I’ve completed for them.

People

Amanda Palmer • Lilly Ledbetter • Anthony Bourdain • Rick Steves • Norah Jones • Peter Sagal & Carl Kasell • Lewis Black • Taylor Swift • Jackson Katz • Andrew McCarthy • Temple Grandin • Erin McKeown • Mat Kearney • Phil Liggett • Joe Nichols • Captain Paul Watson • Zac Brown Band’s John Hopkins • Nontombi Naomi Tutu • Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood • Paula Poundstone • Ruben Studdard • DeVotchKa’s Tom Hagerman • Dierks Bentley • Sandra Bernhard • Chris Cagle • Gregory Alan Isakov • Alton Brown • Andrea Gibson • Ingrid Michaelson • Hunter Hayes • David Burnett • Katherine Boo • Ally Condie • David Whyte • Gretchen Rubin • LeVar Burton • Nadia Bolz-Weber • Hampton Sides

Issues

Youth suicide • Human trafficking • Student drug testing • Mental healthSexual assaultAlternative education • LGBTQ issues, including same-sex marriage, civil unions and transgender students

Activities I’ve Attempted Primarily So I Could Write About Them

Burlesque • Pro-wrestling • Fencing • Pilates • Tango • Swing dancing • Running • Mountain biking • Skateboarding

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Currently, I freelance as a writer for the Colorado Springs Independent, Colorado College, ZOZI, The Simple Dollar, Adventure Girl, Colorado Springs Style, and Springs Magazine.

I am actively seeking additional freelance opportunities, particularly magazine work. If you’re interested in learning more about my experience and what I might be able to offer your company, please contact me here.