I’m a mom to an endlessly curious toddler, Mae. She’s taught me so much in her twenty months in this world, and her daily lessons have shifted the focus of this blog and my writing work. I was already a writer and teacher (with a masters degree in literature and writing) before motherhood, but now I have a new passion for helping moms and telling their stories, from essays about their postpartum experiences to creating web content for mompreneurs. I want to empower moms by telling their stories and conveying their businesses’ messages with authenticity.

Here at Figuring Out Home, I’ll ponder questions about motherhood, community, and writing. I’m interested in honest writing and good works, for and about mothers.



M.F.A in Fiction Writing, North Carolina State University, August 2010

M.A. in English, concentration in writing, East Carolina University, May 2008

 B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, May 2005

 Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Summer MFA program, 2004


 Matters of Record, a chapbook, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2012.

 “Blackberries.” Albatross. Ed. Richard Smyth. Bradford, Massachusetts: Anabiosis Press, 20 April 2008: 6.

“Gestures.” SmokeLong Quarterly, March 2011. Web.

 “Learning a Second Language.” The Raleigh Quarterly, Summer 2009. Web.

“’R’ Like Me.” Best of Our Stories. Ed. Alexis Santi. December 2009: 170- 175.

“The Fourth Date.” Sunday Reader: The Raleigh News & Observer, 6 Jan. 2008: C1.

 “Enough.” 971MENU, Fall 2007. Web

 “A Trail of Tortillas: Burritos Across the State.” Encore, 24 October 2007: 4.

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