I’m a native New Yorker and former actress who studied with Uta Hagen, Alfred Molina, and at Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC before heading west to Los Angeles. After performing at Improv Olympic and working with Tim Robbins and the company at The Actors’ Gang for several productions (and training and feeding marine mammals at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific on Sundays), I started writing and performing my own work for the theatre. Soon after moving to Seattle with my family in 2005 I transitioned from acting to writing and began publishing short stories and essays.
I have three University of Washington certificates in writing, am a One Story Workshop for Writers alum, and have a Masters in Fine Arts in Nonfiction from Pacific University (2017). I was a cast member of Listen to Your Mother Seattle (2015) and read my work at Circle Of Friends Islandwood (2015) and LitCrawl Seattle (2016). I co-hosted the weekly podcast Mouthy/Messy/Mandatory with Katie Anthony available on all podcast platforms and was a featured guest on the podcasts Inside Voice, Acme Writing Company, and on KUOW’s The Record with Bill Radke. My new podcast is And Then Everything Changed, which features guest interviews about the pivotal moments in life and the decisions that define us.
I love teaching and have worked with 7th, 8th, and 9th graders and have also lectured at the university level. I currently teach Hebrew to third graders on weekends and volunteer-coach high school seniors in western Washington public schools on their college admissions essays and personal statements.
My nonfiction and fiction have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Iowa Review, The HuffPost, American Literary Review, and The Rumpus, among others. I’ve just finished a coming-of-age memoir about the childhood loss of my mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and I’m working on a novel.
You can find links to my fiction and nonfiction on the Published Work page.