From the backstreets and central avenues, talking to the poor, the wealthy and everyone in-between, I tell the stories of politics, economics, cultural transformation and the bohemian underside.
I was born and raised in Middle America in the 80s and 90s. In my teenage-times I wrote my first short story of prose. Writing felt wonderful. Writing felt right.
Ever after, I knew I would be a writer, a teller of tales.
I completed two bachelor's degrees in Creative Writing-English and History. While in college I studied abroad for a year in Izmir, Turkey and translated Turkish folktales to English, beginning my love of Turkey.
In 2000 I attended Burning Man for four weeks. I bathed in the playa mud of Black Rock Desert .. A dessert of gorgeous humans. Money was banned and bandied about by venture capitalists and hippies as flames crept across the desert.
After Burning Man, I hitchhiked around the USA, living for a spell in San Francisco and then riding the rails of Europe looking for a home.
Wherever I went, Turkey kept calling to me. So after some European adventures, I settled in Istanbul and the city became my second home.
Ah İstanbul, yaktın beni!
Istanbul, I love and loath you.
I lived in Istanbul for 6 years and wrote an expat novel and lifestyle-political blog/vlog. I also learned to speak and write fluent Turkish and I became an ESL instructor teaching English as a second language.
Wanting to give back to my country, I returned home to the US and moved to post-Katrina New Orleans. I worked with a relief agency and later at a community college and at Tulane University.
While in New Orleans I found that I could transform society by utilizing my skills as a multimedia storyteller and editor. In New Orleans I began my life as a journalist.
I saw hurricanes and Native American villages destroyed.
I saw NOLA under martial law.
I saw an oil spill; on the waves—a giant corporate corpse burning on the Gulf of Mexico.
I came to live in Cairo in 2012 to complete a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
Over the next few years I found my third home along the River Nile—in Cairo where the crowd rushes and crushes under bright sunlight.
As a journalist and editor, I worked in television, radio and print media discussing the events of the Arab world and the greater Middle East. In this time, I learned to speak and write fluent Arabic.
!تحيا مصر و اللغة العربية
I also taught English, Rhetoric and Journalism at AUC.
In 2017 I began a new role as Senior Editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs—AUC’s leading public policy journal. For the next 4 + years I was honored to work in media management.
In 2022 I came home to care for my ill father and be with my family in Chicago.
Since coming to Chicago, I have been honored to teach at the University of Chicago as an English instructor. I am excited by new opportunities in media management, multimedia storytelling and instruction!
I seek a new position in the United States, Europe or the Middle East!