I was born and raised in the Portland, Oregon area. In 2011, I earned a BA in English from the University of Oregon with a minor in creative writing. I began freelance writing before I graduated and was soon hired as a full-time writer for Student Experts, an online marketing firm. At one point, I wrote four thousand words a day for HVAC firms, law firms, restaurants, and dozens of other companies. I was promoted to editor within a year and managed the work of three writers.
I earned a byline in 2014 when I became a staff writer and SEO specialist for The Manual, an online men's lifestyle magazine. There, I interviewed professionals and wrote articles based on common search terms. Also in 2014, I started a comedy podcast, In Medias Rad, in which myself and my partner, Sam Cole, discussed a wide range of media topics with guests. I also dabbled in news satire, publishing dozens of articles with Glossy News, The Spoof, and The Reel News Network. Freelancing has yielded a wide range of fun projects, including T-shirt concepts, song parodies, standup comedy bits, and more.
Eager to expand my horizons, I enrolled in the book publishing masters program at Portland State University in fall 2016. I viewed it as a responsible compromise between developing marketable skills and developing my creative side. Classes in book editing, copy editing, and developmental editing sharpened my editing skills while classes in book design and marketing expanded my skill set. Included in the book publishing program is an internship with Ooligan Press, a not-for-profit publishing house staffed by graduate students. In this role, I took on a variety of editing tasks, including proofreading for At the Waterline, developmental editing and copy editing for 50 Hikes in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. As project manager for 50 Hikes, I oversaw all aspects of publication, including
I'm a versatile writer and editor who will only turn down a project if I judge it to be the responsible thing to do. I resist specialization, preferring the richness of variety. Though I like to bill myself as an editor, I have a great fondness for writing, marketing, and design. Branching out into various fields allows me to understand what is involved in every step of the publishing process, which I believe makes me an asset in the inherently collaborative process of book publishing. I've worked in literary fiction, young adult fiction,
I enjoy all aspects of editing. The logician in me relishes adhering perfectly to a style guide, while the artist in me enjoys cultivating beauty on a line and global level. My editorial philosophy is to never get in the author's way. Every author writes for a reason, and to interfere with their vision is to take their reason from them. My job as an editor is to identify the author's reason for writing and bring it to the fore without imposing my own interests.