• My debut YA novel, Leaving Kent State, released on November 11, 2016, from Harvard Square Editions. My YA short story, Honor’s Justice, was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. a 2016 storySouth Million Writers Award, and a Sundress Publications Best of the Net 16′ Award by Antioch University Los Angeles’ journal, Lunch Ticket. My poetry and essays have appeared in various print and online journals. I hold an MFA in creative writing with a concentration in Writing for Young People from Lesley University, and am the recipient of a 2014 SCBWI WIP Grant Merit Letter. I teach English Literature at Robert Morris University.


  • I like stories with quirky characters and moments of lighthearted humor, but I think every good story should also pull the reader in to think deeply about a subject or the ways people interact. I want a story to keep me thinking about it long after I’ve closed the cover.

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