Sylvania, OH, 43560
Joined on May, 2011
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EducationMA in English Literature, the University of Toledo, Summer 2011.
MFA in Writing, Southampton College of Long Island University, April 2007.
BA in English, Writing Concentration, the University of Toledo, December 2001.
ExperienceWriting is an ever expanding communicative method, whether it is in the professional workplace, it is a means of creative expression, or it is simply used in social media outlets, such as Facebook. I want to help people to be able to present themselves and convey their ideas more effectively, efficiently, and expressively in their writing.
As a graduate student at the University of Toledo, I taught several sections of both Composition I & II to students from a variety of major programs, including Pharmacy, Engineering, Business, and the Humanities. Prior to that, I tutored at the Southampton College Writing Center while earning my MFA in writing. I have since been a freelance tutor, offering services to coworkers and friends in various degree programs and professions.
I have been a professional writer for ten years, first writing articles for the University of Toledo campus newspaper, the Independent Collegian, and later for the Toledo City Paper. During my previous career in the wine business, I wrote several wine reviews and articles for in-store and corporate use. I also have published poetry, written and performed comedy, written screenplays and fiction, though I specialize in essays, both critical and personal.
HobbiesAside from writing, my interests include sports, with NHL hockey atop the heap, with baseball and football following not-so-closely behind. My favorite teams are all Detroit based--Red Wings, Tigers, and even the Lions--though Canadian hockey teams and those from the Original Six are favorites, as well.
Music is another major passion of mine, ranging in styles from heavy rock to classical to jazz and back again.
As one might guess, I read a lot, and my favorite authors include Vonnegut, Hemingway, Lovecraft, Heller, Mary Shelley, Ellis, and Tom Robbins; favorite poets include Coleridge, Hughes, Milton, Levine, Levis, and Bukowski; humorists and essayists include Anthony Bourdain, Sedaris, Carlin, and Rosenblatt; and I'm also fond of graphic novelists like Alan Moore and Art Spiegelman.
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