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

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. Earlier this year, I had a work of literary criticism published by Coffin Bell Journal. Additionally, an academic piece that explores how the literary community defines creative nonfiction and asks whether we should reconsider our ideas about this relatively new genre appeared in the February 2021 issue of The Writer’s Chronicle. I’m thrilled to have my work included in these journals, all of which I so admire.

As for current projects, I completed my literary memoir and have begun submitting it to appropriate 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.

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 year 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.