Currently, I’m a senior policy attorney with an independent research & advocacy non-profit that works on children’s statewide policy issues in Virginia. My specific areas of research / writing / advocacy / lobbying are: child welfare, foster care & adoption, juvenile justice, child homelessness, school-to-prison pipeline, public benefits (SNAP & TANF), and child poverty.
I write & publish poems, and I’m still working on a poetry manuscript that I hope to turn into a collection while people are still publishing such things. You can find ways to find some of my work here.
If you want to know more about the intersection of those two, you can check out an interview of me on The Atlantic here.
I also write articles & essays. I’ve written for Slate, Pacific Standard, The Rumpus, the Clearinghouse Review, Indiewire, UVA Magazine and elsewhere, and authored Op-Eds for newspapers like the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginian-Pilot, among other efforts. I’m working on some new projects now, and would like to do even more.
I’ve been to school. Pieces of paper framed on my wall include: a Virginia Bar membership; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University (Adcenter: Copywriting); M.F.A., University of Iowa (Writers’ Workshop: Poetry); B.A., University of Virginia (English Literature).
I’ve also worked as: a legal aid attorney (education law, mostly), a copyeditor, a journalist, a web editor & writer, an English composition teacher for online college courses, a creative writing teacher for not-online college courses, and a bartender & restaurant manager.