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 St. Edward’s University and through my work with the Austin Public Library Friends  Foundation and two elementary schools—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.  Most recently, I won the Winter 2016 F(r)iction Short Story Contest.  My writing can be found in Highlights for ChildrenStew MagazineYoung Adult Review Network, DoveTales, F(r)iction, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Lunch Ticket.