About

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A caveat: An about page is a challenge. When you’re a writer whose blog will inevitably come up in your work (your name is your brand!), you’ve got to decide between posting a straight-forward, professional biography and a more light-hearted description of who you are.

But here’s the thing: They inform one another. And so, you’re getting both.

Work: I’m a writer and editor with a knack for getting to know places and the people who inhabit them. As managing editor of Birmingham magazine, I keep my ears and eyes attuned to the latest happenings in the city. Whether it’s the issues people are discussing, a restaurant opening or a band that’s generating buzz, the magazine covers the city’s stories. During my time at the magazine, I’ve developed a music blog, Birmingham Box Set, and increased the magazine’s print coverage of the Birmingham music scene.

As a newspaper reporter, I covered features, health, religion and community news at the Birmingham News, Cullman Times and Tuscaloosa News. While in Cullman and Tuscaloosa, I also worked as a page designer and copy editor. My work has also appeared in BookPage, Alabama Alumni Magazine, Relevant magazine and the Huntsville Times.

I’m an advocate for literacy, and I volunteer with many organizations that encourage children to enjoy reading and writing. Through Better Basics’ Motivators of Reading Enrichment program, I’ve spent five years volunteering with fourth-grade students in the Birmingham City School system. As a Desert Island Supply Co. volunteer, I’ve led writing workshops and served as a writer for Woodlawn Stories, a storytelling project for which the writing center received a $10,000 grant from the Kresge Arts in Birmingham program.

Personal: I solve crossword puzzles in my spare time. I cheat at crosswords when I get tired or bored or just don’t know the answer.

My favorite place to be is wrapped in a quilt.

My inner monologue is constant and, I think, rather entertaining. I’m a mix of Monica Geller, Kathleen Kelly and Sally Allbright–or at least, I like to think so, because they’re my favorite movie characters. I love cheesy musicals and sometimes pretend the leading man is singing about me. I can be slightly narcissistic.

I like pink but prefer to surround myself with earth tones. I love orange, even though it reminds me of Auburn, Florida, Miami and Tennessee. I love leaves; maybe that’s why autumn is my favorite. My favorite sound is the crunch of stomping in piles of fallen leaves.

I wish I were more spontaneous.

I love road trips and long conversations with friends. I can have an adventure without leaving town. I don’t like the phone very much, but I can get past that for people who are important to me.

I read two or three books a week. I think paper is romantic. I agree that daisies are the friendliest flower, but I love daffodils and tulips even more.

I think coffee shops and board games make great first (or second, or 32nd) dates. Good songs are better with the windows down, especially when it’s cold. The beach is best at night. Honeysuckle is my favorite fragrance; it reminds me of my childhood.

I can talk for hours about football, coffee and my cat. I’ve been called eccentric; I took it as a compliment. I’m a list maker, an oldest child and predictably type A. (No wonder I’m an editor!) I’m more forgiving of others than of myself.

I love the smell of coffee. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of marrying a man who drank it so I could smell it every morning. I had no idea how much I would grow to love it.

I have a physical reaction to vulnerability: My heart starts racing and I want a friend to reassure me that it’s going to be OK. Isn’t it funny, then, that I often incorporate exposure of such insecurities into my “professional” life? I guess I’ll do (almost) anything for a dollar, or for a good story.

I carry my journal almost everywhere, and I usually have a book nearby. I think best with a pen in hand; it’s all a part of my ink-stained life.

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