I offer freelance writing, editing, and research services to organizations, companies, and individuals. Here is a brief profile of my educational and professional experience—how I got from there to here.
I graduated from The Harley School in Rochester, New York, after spending my junior year of high school at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon. I earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
In my doctoral dissertation, Richard Wright’s Use of His Reading of Fiction, 1927-1940, I studied the influence of writers like Dreiser, Farrell, and Hemingway on Wright’s apprenticeship, which ended with the publication of Native Son in 1940.
For my graduate assistantship, I taught courses on American literature, including the study of African-American characters in American fiction, at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Later, I taught writing at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, New York.
After working as a researcher for an author, an assistant for a film producer, and program assistant for a skills training project, I wrote freelance feature stories and reviews for magazines and newspapers. As public relations/publications officer for Regents College, the University of the State of New York, I helped create a complete set of publications with a new design and approach. I wrote the college’s viewbook, catalog, brochures, and quarterly newsletter.
As Senior Writer/Editor for Welfare Research, Inc. (WRI), I was responsible for the organization, clarity, accuracy, and overall quality of all project and corporate publications. I wrote and edited reports, manuals, grant proposals, brochures, newsletters, and website content.
As a consultant/freelance writer and editor, I write articles, press releases, brochures, and handbooks; edit reports, manuals, and website content; identify funding sources; interview subjects; and conduct online and library research. Editing services include developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading.
Areas of past work include literature, child welfare, youth, education, immigration, and health. Additional areas of work are welcome.
My book, Traveling Between the Lines: Europe in 1938, was published by Epigraph Books in September 2010.