“There’s a story in every man. The challenge is to find it. Then the problem is to tell it without putting the customers to sleep.” - Jim Murray
Words have influenced me more than most other things.
I grew up on a mountain in the rural community of Big Sur, CA, with no internet or television. I was homeschooled by my parents, my experiences and a host of books, radio programs, newspapers, magazines and music. I milked a Jersey cow by hand every morning, I gardened and I slaughtered chickens. In my free time I painted, practiced the violin and read. My introduction to good writing came from the classics — Little Women, Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, David McCullugh, Malcom Gladwell and Homer.
I went to community college at 16 and at 19 I moved to Oakland to attend Mills College where I graduated in May 2016 with honors and a degree in Creative Writing and minors in Journalism and Book Art.
I discovered my passion for journalism in my junior year at Mills College and was fortunate to study under the former senior editor of Mother Jones. Throughout college, my love of non-fiction grew and I found myself immersed in Joan Didion, Anne Lamott and Mary Roach. I worked my way through the requirements for a journalism minor and after a semester as a staff writer for the school newspaper, The Campanil, I was promoted to editor of the Arts & Entertainment section in the fall of 2015.
When I'm not at home in Oakland, CA you can find me traveling, collecting random old things from flea markets, or letterpress printing. I like to write about all things interesting, unusual and real.