I am a freelance writer, researcher, and all-around creative person. Originally from Colorado, I have relocated to Portland, Oregon, after a considerable sojourn in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Wherever my path has taken me (be that rural Honduras, the heart of Marrakech, the deserts of Arizona, bustling Irish pubs, or the beautiful Northwest), I have found inspiration, connection, and a true sense of joyful community.
I take part in projects and organizations that excite and inspire me.
My background is in academics--specifically in sociology, comparative literature, conflict resolution, and human rights law. As such, I'm interested in a broad range of social causes and creative enterprises, and in everything I do I try to build bridges between the two.
In 2015, I started a nonprofit organization called Another Look, which provides professional photography and writing services to nonprofits and service organizations. In our first year, we worked with 10 organizations across a broad spectrum of services, including a food bank, a reading program, a service provider for folks reentering the community after periods of incarceration, a refugee garden project, a day center for homeless senior citizens, and more. Learn more about our projects and how you can offer us support.
I have had the enormous good luck of traveling widely, encountering fabulous people, and having some truly remarkable experiences. Over my time as a student I participated in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, in which I first was a student participant in university classes offered at prisons, and was later trained as an instructor and helped lead the program. I now work with the University of Oregon's Prison Education Program and support various classes, workshops, activities, and other prison-related projects. (If you are interested in the kinds of people we work with, check out this incredible artist, Francisco Hernandez).
In another category of professional experience, I worked with Irish multimedia production company Noho as a writer and researcher. Among other projects, scripts for two videos for Dublinia and working with the National Library of Ireland on a WWI exhibition.
With everything I do, I try to act with passion and a sense of purpose. And so far, that's brought me to the best opportunities that I can imagine.