Hello! I am a first-year graduate student in the Master of Arts in Professional Writing Program at Kennesaw State University. I recently moved to Georgia from Ohio, where I have lived my whole life! I earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minors in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Findlay. My ultimate goals are to write poetry and creative nonfiction and become a professor. I hope to create a welcoming classroom where students feel that they can express themselves freely, while also challenging themselves.
Although I am passionate about all writing, I have a special place in my heart for poetry. I absolutely love learning and writing about identity (in all aspects). I wrote a chapbook of poetry titled Lost But Found that depicts the fluidity of identity. I strive to help everyone feel comfortable in both exploring and excepting who they are; writing is a fantastic way to do this. I learned so much about myself and grew as a person while writing these poems. I also enjoy learning and writing about LGBTQ+ matters. One of my favorite projects I have completed was a research project titled, From the Great Lakes to Across the Pond: A Comparative Study of LGBTQ+ Cultures in Ohio (US) and London, England. A place that I discovered while completing this project is an all LGBTQ+ bookstore, Gay’s the Word. This bookstore was friendly, assisted me in finding volunteers for my study, and hosts creative and inclusive events and meetings. This bookstore proves that LGBTQ+ literature is important and people are interested in it. I want to add to this literature. I am in the process of writing about my time abroad and my research findings.
Memoirs have become my “go-to” when I am looking for a new book to read. My all-time favorite book (that started my love of memoirs) is When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones. Memoirs are a way to either learn about a perspective that is different than your own or understand that there are other people who have had similar paths in life. I think it’s really important to show that creative writing can be a way of informing other people and learning something new. Poetry and creative nonfiction can be used to support arguments. I look forward to expanding my knowledge on writing and sharing my work with everyone. Let’s discuss!
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