Native speaker of English
Near-native proficiency in German
As an award-winning reporter, travel writer and essayist, I have written about octogenarian farmers who mow labyrinths in the grass, the secrets of the Oregon State Hospital, a runway model-turned salumi artist, a toddler with an Oedipus complex, and what it is like to be a super sniffer living in the fragrant American West. My passion for capturing place, for sketching scenes, for discovering people, and for always finding the meaning of being a stranger in a strange land, has led to frequent work for publications like The Atlantic, Sunset, AAA Via, Portland Monthly, Salon.com, Design*Sponge, Good Housekeeping and Publishers Weekly. Most recently, I served as managing editor for the Oregon Wine Board's first-ever wine touring guide and the Eugene, Cascades & Coast travel magazine. I am represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of Foundry Literary + Media.
I am a creative, engaging and innovative writer who loves involving audiences, driving conversations and bringing ideas from conception to completion. As a devoted storyteller, I inspire businesses, organizations and individuals to locate their stories, create an actionable road maps to prosperity.
For editorial clients, I write crisp, story-driven magazine features, web stories and essays and serve as managing editor for special projects.
For businesses, I create actionable road maps to help them win the content wars and identify the stories that will connect them to customers.
For organizations, I identify how to connect them to audiences in a way that lodges their mission in the map of their audience's hearts.
For readers looking for a fun way to see the world, I write transformational stories about home and travel.
For writers struggling with structure, I locate the through-line of the story in big, beautiful project.
Clients include: Visit McMinnville, European Business Journal, Sunset, AAA, Portland Monthly, Statesman-Journal, Alexander Krider Editorial Services
This course, created by me and now used at three universities, is for journalists and media professionals who aspire to write engaging narrative journalism that grips readers. and it is for students of the journalistic craft who believe in the additional intellectual and emotional value of immersing themselves in their stories. By studying some of the best examples of feature and magazine writing, analyzing the reporting that supports that writing and by looking at the storytelling techniques that underlie all great features, my students learn how to write and report their own, publishable feature stories.
Wrote a quarterly book column (three books @ 250 words each) featuring a selection of new releases from Pacific Northwest writers for this lifestyle magazine reaching 25,000 readers.
Wrote and edited more than 950 articles on science, arts, and culture for a Germany-interested, U.S. American audience; created web features on topics such as Jewish Life in Berlin, traveling art exhibitions such as The Glory of Baroque Dresden, and German books in translation.
GPA 4.0, Dorothy Mueller Scholarship for magazine writing, with specialized training in interviewing, magazine writing, feature writing, editorial, photography and social media storytelling; TA for Media and Consumers, a general education course teaching media literacy (four semesters).
Studies in Buchwissenschaft (publishing studies) in Germany's most important publishing metropolis. Conducted a study of the Literaturhaus, a public-private partnership connecting publishers, authors and readers.
GPA 3.92, Study abroad in Munich, Germany through Wayne State's JYM program.