Presently, I am Marketing and Communications Manager for a city library in the Midwest. I manage all aspects of our marketing communications strategy, from PR to social media to community engagement (and exhibits and events, too!). I also contribute to our overall organizational strategy through projects like our strategic plan, advocacy strategy, and business process management. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, I developed extensive business development and marketing communications experience across several industries.
In 2013, I co-founded Creating Iris, a not-for-profit project which advocates for greater representation of LGBTQ+ themes in YA literature. We publish Iris, a magazine featuring high-quality fiction and poetry for LGBTQ+ youth - including writing by queer young people. We publish young voices and newcomers alongside established professionals, and all of our writers donate their work to the magazine, to provide young people with free access to writing that resonates with their often unique experiences. To date (September 2016) we have published three issues, all freely available for download, and are working on the call for submissions for our fourth issue, slated for publication in January 2017. We're proud of the work we've published in the magazine and grateful to our writers. Iris has been featured on WCPT radio and in the Windy City Times, and we are so appreciative of and honored by those who have advocated for the value and necessity of this project.
In June 2016, I learned that I had been selected to edit the "Best Practices" column of Public Libraries magazine. My first column will appear in the July/August 2016 issue. I'm so excited to engage with colleagues across the country - please don't hesitate to reach out!
I've contributed essays and reviews to several online publications. My writing has appeared in Review 31, The Ellipses Project, and Bitch Flicks, among others. I firmly believe in the value of independent media. Click here for a full bibliography.
I hold degrees in art history (honors) and political science from Northwestern University. My honors thesis, titled "Moments of Flickering Genius" (borrowed from T.S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock), focused on the imagination, spirituality, and catharsis in Michelangelo's late crucifixion drawings and the Rondanini pieta and was written under the direction of Prof. Claudia Swan, PhD.
In art history, my coursework focused on 19th century art, especially photography; gender and art; and theories of the imagination. My coursework in political science centered on political theory, particularly with regard to human rights and social justice. I'm proud and grateful to have graduated from Northwestern, which encourages students to think critically by emphasizing interdisciplinary work. Consequently, I'm very much interested in the ways in which visual media and politics intersect.
For the past six years, my personal major project has been the writing and researching of a holistic art history enrichment program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, A Children's History of Art. Designed for use by teachers or parents, the program would be effective in public, private or homeschool settings. I began the primary research and classroom trials while still at university, and am now currently editing the text to fully align with national educational standards. I'm thrilled to finally be in the position to look for a publisher. More information is available under the tab below, including a sample lesson.
I am bilingual: a native English speaker with native fluency in French. I also have a reading knowledge of Latin and can get by in Italian.