About me

I was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare neuromuscular disease, at a young age, and was given nine years to live. Now, at 25 years old, I've surpassed all expectations, and am dedicated to embodying justice, vitality, and love.

I'm a storyteller at heart, with a love of fairy tales, cosmic horror, and the stars. Currently, I am seeking representation for Waning Crescent, an adult space fantasy with #OwnVoices disability representation. Learn about my creative projects

I freelance as an editor, sensitivity reader, and Notion consultant. I have degrees in psychology and community care, and am always thinking about the intersection of disability justice and mental health advocacy. Learn about my freelance services

I live in snowy Minnesota with my parents and the cat of my heart, Rey. If I'm not writing, I'm probably

📚 reading

📺 watching TV

🎲 playing games

🤔 analyzing media

💭 indulging my imagination through ritual and art

&c. 💫

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Writer + Editor + Disability and Mental Health Advocate

EXPERIENCE

✧ SMA My Way

2019 - Present

A collaboraton to support all people impacted by spinal muscular atrophy. As a patient ambassador, I work with Genentech employees to curate written and audio-visual content.

BioNews Services

2017 - Present

A health, science, and research publication company serving patients with rare diseases. I have filled several roles at BioNews, including patient columnist, forums moderator, and copy editor.

Monstering

2016 - 2018

In 2016, I founded Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and nonbinary people. I served as editor-in-chief until 2018, overseeing conceptual development and execution, as well as all operational departments.

EDUCATION

Indiana Wesleyan University

2018 - 2020

Master of Arts (M.A.), Community Care

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2015 - 2017

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology

Graduated with honors and a Certificate in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

SKILLS

✧ Creative, academic, and professional writing

✧ Conceptual and copy editing

✧ Sensitivity reading

✧ Publishing

✧ Journalism

✧ Project management and communication

✧ Teamwork and mentoring

✧ Web design

✧ Social media

TOOLS

✧ Mac + Windows OS

✧ Apple + Microsoft + Google Suite

✧ Squarespace + WordPress + Super

✧ Notion

✧ Photoshop Elements

✧ Slack

✧ HTML

PORTFOLIO

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✧ Defining Independence

✧ Working Towards Solidarity and Equality

✧ Review of Marlena Chertock's Crumb-Sized (Unnamed Press, 2017)

✧ No One Is You and That Is Your Power

✧ When Your Caregiver Is Your Dad and Your Best Friend

✧ Filling the Gaps and Building a Community

✧ Finding My Identity In Stories

✧ Speculative Fiction Is Recognising the Power of Disability

✧ Hunger, Desire and Learning to Be Alive

✧ The Velocity of Freefall

✧ Finding and Loving My Voice

✧ Psychological Flexibility and the Rejection of Inappropriate Narratives

✧ So, What's It Gonna Be?

Gravel

✧ Fate-Touched

✧ Red: A Study

✧ Rising

✧ My Mother Scrubs Cerise

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