M.F.A., Creative Writing and Media Arts (Creative Nonfiction), May 2015
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Thesis: There Is No Absolution for Us Here: An Anthology of Essays
Thesis Committee: Dr. Christie Hodgen, Dr. Jennifer Frangos, Prof. Michael Pritchett

B.A., English; minor in Japanese, June 2009
University of California-Santa Barbara
Studied Abroad in Lund, Sweden at Lund University, June-August 2007

Editorial Experience

Creative Nonfiction Editor, Number One
University of Missouri-Kansas City, August 2013-May 2015

Assistant Fiction Editor, Revolution House
March 2014-March 2015

Co-Creator and Managing Editor, Revolution House
June 2011-March 2014

Manuscript Reading and Proofreading Practicum, New Letters
University of Missouri-Kansas City, June 2013


Book Reviewer
The Kansas City Star
August-December 2013

Selected recently published fiction or nonfiction to read. Wrote succinct, thoughtful book reviews for publication in the Arts and Entertainment section. Chose books to submit for opening lines. Interviewed authors for author features. Created columns about upcoming author and literary events. Supported editor as needed.

Professional Experience

Freelance Writer
February 2016-Present

Training Coordinator and Administrative Specialist
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center
September 2011-February 2016

Maintained department website utilizing HTML and CSS on a WordPress platform. Updated social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, with pertinent news and resources. Wrote content and blog posts for website. Created emails to send to database of over 5,700 clients. Organized 2-5 trainings per week taught by the department, including posting and updating trainings online, contacting facilitators and students, ordering catering, and setting up the conference room. Input conference information in database per State Office and SBA guidelines. Performed accounting duties using Peoplesoft. Assisted small business clients and support director and SBTDC counselors.

Office Support Staff III
University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Medicine, Office of Medical Education
August 2010-September 2011

Assisted Instructional Design Specialists with exam preparation and grade release. Coordinated Student National Medical Association graduation banquet. Uploaded student residency application documents through ERAS. Assisted associate deans with their calendars and travel arrangements.

Office Support Staff II
University of Missouri-Columbia, University Club
February-August 2010

Produced emails and schedules needed to maintain smooth operation of the kitchen. Created flyers for culinary events. Edited recipes and articles. Organized information and documents collected for special events. Researched various culinary subjects.

Honors, Awards and Scholarships

Outstanding Graduate Student Essay Award (Honorable Mention), University of Missouri-Kansas City, May 2015
Jo Anna Dale Scholarship for Excellence in Creative Writing, University of Missouri-Kansas City, January 2014
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Intro Journals Project Nominee, November 2013
Dean’s Honors, University of California-Santa Barbara, Winter 2008-Spring 2009
Academic Competitive Grants, University of California-Santa Barbara, Fall 2006-Spring 2008


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