Author & Writer

A writer and editor, my articles have been published since the mid ’90s in print and web publications including Modern Bride, ReadyMade Magazine, and Seattle Weekly. My first book, Offbeat Bride, was first published in 2007 by Seal Press, with a revised second edition released February 2010.

Books

Author, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, First Edition 2007 / Second Edition 2010
Author of trade paperback memoir/handbook for brides who challenge tradition. Offbeat Bride is filled with anecdotes, encouragement, tips, tricks, and celebrations of lives (and aisles!) less traveled. Published by Seal Press, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group. Author representation by Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency.

Contributor, Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas, August 2008
Contributed two pieces to Sarah Brown’s compilation of real teenage diary and journal entries, letters, songs, stories, and lists. Sarah Brown’s Brooklyn-based Cringe reading series was the inspiration for my founding Seattle’s Salon of Shame.

Magazines & Newspapers

Freelance Writer
Feature writer with a focus on pop culture, media and sometimes women’s issues. Truth be told, I’m great with a deadline but lazy about pitching, so I don’t do all that much writing for print.

Editor In Chief
Lotus Magazine, Los Angeles, CA | 1997 – 2001

Managed 80-page national dance-music culture magazine with a writing staff of 60 and an editorial staff of three. Developed publication voice and direction, assigned features, columns, and reviews, and edited all material for publication. Between 1997 and 2001, Lotus Magazine doubled in length and tripled its distribution.

Web Publications & Blogs

Movies.com
Walt Disney Internet Group, Seattle, WA | 2004 — 2006
Wrote, edited and produced entertainment content including special features, movie reviews, star profiles, news items and commentary. Founded successful
a daily fashion blog and Oscars liveblog. Utilized an in-house content management system to deploy web content to a website with an average of 34 million page views a month.

Hooping.org
2003 — 2006

Co-founded the world’s only topical web magazine/blog dedicated to hula hoop dancing and fitness. Hooping.org was covered by The New York Times, The Age (Melbourne, Australia), and The Portland Tribune. I was interviewed about hula hooping by NPR’s Marketplace, The Seattle Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Education

2001 Graduate, Columbia Publishing Course
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Certified graduate of Columbia Publishing Course, an intensive postgraduate concentration on all aspects of book, magazine, and new media publishing.

1998 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
University of Washington

Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a focus on media and subcultural resistance.