Hi!  I’m a writer and teacher from the Washington, D.C. area, currently living among the bats and boots of Austin, Texas.

I’m lucky enough to spend my time doing work Noah Weisz photothat I love: writing fiction for young readers, and—at Long-View Micro School, St. Edward’s University, and the Austin Public Library Foundation—teaching children and adults how to unleash their creativity onto the page.

I hold a B.A. in English (with a minor in Biology) from the University of Chicago, and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin.  During my graduate studies, I received a fellowship from the Michener Center for Writers and served as associate fiction editor of Bat City Review.  I’ve been a special-mention finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, as well as a shortlistee for the international Bath Children’s Novel Award, and won the Winter 2016 F(r)iction Short Story Contest.  My writing can be found in Highlights for ChildrenHunger Mountain, Stew MagazineYoung Adult Review Network, DoveTales, F(r)iction, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Lunch Ticket.