2018      M.F.A. University of Pittsburgh, Fiction Writing, summa cum laude

2009     B.A. University of Pittsburgh, English Literature & English Writing, magna cum laude

2007     Certificate, Scottish Universities’ International Summer School at the University of Edinburgh, British Modernism & Creative Writing


Writing, Research, and Editing

●     Write and edit compelling copy for a variety of corporate and private clients based on their needs

●      Researched, conducted interviews, wrote, and edited twelve compelling stories focused on activism and sustainability for a top-selling environmental science text

●      Copyedited the text and art of twelve chapters of PowerPoint lectures for an innovative, first edition biology textbook

●      Managed, developed, edited, and maintained a blog for biology instructors with a continually increasing readership

●      Collaborated with authors to develop effective content, including initial vision planning, pedagogical features, topical coverage, and narrative flow and structure

Social Media

●      Update all social media for Jeanne Marie Laskas and begin digital planning and execution for social media campaigns for Cement City Production

●      Create original creative content for the release and ongoing promotion of To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas

●      Track social media and analytic data for content optimization

Project Management

●      Hired and managed freelance content providers and editors for print and online projects

●      Managed the entire editorial process including schedules, budgets, reviews, and deadlines, from initial draft content stages to publication for books and media

Marketing Communications and Market Research

●      Developed e-surveys and questionnaires to obtain customer feedback and seed specific markets

●      Researched competitive products and developed competitively advantageous product strategies


●      Organized all aspects of producing a suite of TED-style teaching talks culminating in a two-day film shoot in Boston with nine professors, a film crew, and an audience

●      Collaboratively managed the vision, planning, and execution of Pearson Education’s first Student Sustainability Summit at Georgia Southern University



●      Proficiency in HTML and CSS

●      Ability to work within Adobe Creative Suites, WordPress, social media applications, and more

●      Extensive experience with project management

●      Experience with video production and post-production processes

●      Ability to learn any new skill quickly and efficiently and integrate new skills into my existing knowledge framework to better understand processes and policies


Work Experience

2018      Freelance Writer, Editor, and Proofreader

2018     Creative Producer, Cement City Productions, Pittsburgh, PA

2018     Instructor, Intro to Fiction Writing, University of Pittsburgh

2017      Instructor, Intro to Fiction Writing, University of Pittsburgh

2016      Writing Center Tutor, University of Pittsburgh 

2016      Instructor, Seminar in Composition, University of Pittsburgh                   

2015      Instructor, Seminar in Composition, University of Pittsburgh

2015      Writing Pittsburgh Fellow, Creative Nonfiction

2013      Managing Editor, Weave Magazine                        

2013      Freelance Editor, Pearson Education, Pittsburgh, PA

2012      Market Relations Manager, Pearson Education, San Francisco, CA

2011      Assistant Editor, Pearson Education, San Francisco, CA

2010     Editorial Assistant, Pearson Education, San Francisco, CA


Recent Publications

2018      “Rites” at Sequestrum

2018      “I Was a Haunted House Zombie Girl” at The Billfold

2018     “From Where We Rush Forth” at The Kenyon Review

2018      “Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt” in Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class

2018      “Come Back Moustache, Come Back” at Barrelhouse

Selected Awards, Fellowships, and Residencies

2018     Artist-in-residence, Ragdale Foundation

2018     Artist Opportunity Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

2018     Finalist, Joyland’s Open Border Fiction Prize for “American Made”

2017      Runner-up, Sequestrum’s New Writer Awards for “Rites”

2017      Finalist, Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers for “American Made”

2017      Peter Taylor Fellowship, The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, nonfiction

2017      First place, Turow-Kinder Award for Fiction, University of Pittsburgh for “American Made”   

2016      Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh

2015      Writing Pittsburgh Fellowship, Creative Nonfiction

2015      Honorable mention, Sequestrum Editor’s Reprint Award for “Effigy of a Princess”

2015      Longlist, the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions for “Perfidy”

2013      The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, fiction