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Like so many of you, I’m grateful that we can once again learn, teach, and collaborate safely in-person and remain hopeful that, with caution, we will remain able to do so throughout the fall and winter. I’m also excited to celebrate some writing achievements and embark on some new projects!

On the nonfiction academic side, my master’s thesis, “Stitching Together a Women’s Movement: The Origins and Impact of the Daughters of St. Crispin,” won the University of Massachusetts 2022 American Studies Book Award. I am currently engaged in research to expand this thesis into a full-length book exploring women’s roles in nineteenth-century labor advocacy within industrial New England. I recently had the opportunity to connect this work to current events in a piece written for the Made by History section of The Washington Post titled, “Women have always been key to the labor movement: Solidarity between male and female workers is crucial to advancing the cause in America.”

In the creative nonfiction realm, an essay 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.