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Essays

Selected Works of Criticism and Creative Nonfiction
Professional freelance samples will be shared only upon request.

Adanna Literary Journal
This is America
An exploration of parenting in times of crises and how the current pandemic, with its consequential solitude, anxiety, and reflection, shapes and informs memories of my own mother within the American cultural context. Appeared in the Fall 2020 print issue.

The Atlantic
How My Autistic Son Got Lost in the Public School System
An essay about the challenges of having a child with Asperger Syndrome mainstreamed within public school.

Watching My Diehard Football Fandom Turn to Dread
Observations on a brutal hit New England Patriots’ Running Back Stevan Ridley took in an AFC Championship game and the general culture of today’s National Football League.

AWP: The Writer’s Chronicle
An Imitation Game: Artistic Interpretations, Assumptions, and Expectations in Creative Nonfiction
An academic examination of the creative nonfiction genre through the multiple artistic adaptations of Alan Turing’s life and work. Appeared in the February 2021 print issue.

Brain, Child
What Do You Do?
With friends’ and neighbors’ children graduating and seeking advice, reflections on what I wish I’d known when I was their age about careers, success, and self-discovery.

Coffin Bell Journal
Seeing Ghosts: How Maya Angelou’s and Maxine Hong Kingston’s Memoirs Published in the 1970s Remain Eerily Relevant Today
A reexamination of these two important memoirs within the current American political climate; Vol. 4, Issue 3, July 2021.

Literary Mama
The Polarization of Parenting in Corporate America
An essay inspired by the recent (pre-pandemic) trend among American technology companies to ban telecommuting and flexible schedules for their employees.

Ploughshares
Writing Lessons
My submission selected for the Ploughshares Writing Lessons blog.

Sand Hills Literary Magazine
Sunny Day
This personal essay explores an evolving perspective on empathy; Vol. XLV, No. 1, Spring 2021.

The Shriver Report
Homeschooling: The Benefits for My Son, and the Added Responsibilities for Me
A requested contribution by this nonprofit periodical on the state of women in American culture.

Thought Catalog
Surviving My First Writers’ Conference: Three Lessons
A short humor piece describing minor mishaps I experienced while attending my first writers’ conference.

The Washington Post
Autism in the Shadows
My reaction to an episode of the Katie Couric Show that was partially devoted to those living with autism. This piece has been reprinted in newspapers around the country.

Watershed Review
Fish Bowl
This essay describes a fear of the unknown and the pain of relinquishing control of a loved one’s experience so they may build their own future; Spring 2021 issue.

Witness
Epoch
An essay exploring death and transitioning consciousness that appeared in the Spring 2018 print issue.

Women Writers, Women’s Books
Truth in Fiction
My contribution to this popular website for writers.

The Writer Magazine
Taking The Train
My Off the Cuff column for the June 2013 issue. (Online archive only available to subscribers.)

The Buzz Newspapers
Passions and Possibilities Being Nurtured at a Local Farm
A human interest story published in May 2013 describing the positive experience 4-H Clubs offer teens and young adults.