I’m a 26 year old midwestern poet. I also write other things (fiction, non-fiction, scripts) and perform (karaoke anyone?). My poetry has recently appeared in Tinderbox, THRUSH, Radius, and Button Poetry, among others. My chapbook was selected as a winner of the Wicked Banshee Chapbook contest and is forthcoming in 2016.
I’m also known for my activist work against sexual violence and violence against women. Currently I am a co-organizer for Surviving the Mic, a spoken word organization centered around survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. I am a co-founder and former member of a radical art collective for young and emerging artists called West Side School for the Desperate. Also, I was a finalist in the Write Bloody Publishing New Author Contest.
I’m a teaching artist. I teach poetry to Chicago Public School students, and I’m very passionate about my work. I studied poetry at Columbia College Chicago, and I studied pedagogy in the inaugural Spoken Word Educators Cohort based out of Concordia University.
I’m a nationally ranked slam poet. I’ve represented Chicago at three international team or individual competitions, finishing as a semi-finalist at the National Poetry Slam ’13. My slam performances were featured on Button Poetry. I don’t slam much these days.
This website is a portfolio of my published work, videos of my performance, and other types of features, as well as an occasional blog where I write about my life and how poetry fits into that.