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Like so many of you, I’m cautiously optimistic about this new academic semester and remain hopeful that we can learn, teach, and collaborate safely. I’m also grateful to be celebrating some recent publication acceptances!

A piece exploring the relationship between family culture and geographic place is featured in the Spring 2022 issue of Vineyard Literary. My essay titled “Sunny Day” appeared in the August 2021 print issue of Sand Hills Literary Magazine. Another essay titled “Fish Bowl” was featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Watershed Review. I’m thrilled to have my work included in these journals among the work of so many writers I admire.

As for current projects, I completed my literary memoir and have begun submitting it to appropriate agents and publishers. This has been a seven-year endeavor of writing, revision, and self-reflection that I believe tells a bigger story about acceptance, assimilation, and how many of our societal systems continue to view neurological differences as problems rather than possibilities. I’m so proud of this little book, and I truly hope it finds its way into the world. I’m also completing a master’s thesis, which I ultimately plan to transform into a full-length manuscript, on women labor activists in turn-of-the-century New England.

Now that I’m nearing the end of my latest academic endeavor, I’m exploring avenues for my next career move. I’ve enjoyed spending much of the last 18 months immersed in scholarly research and writing, working on diversity and inclusion initiatives, and polishing my teaching skills. It’s time to apply what I’ve learned toward meaningful progress on a larger scale.