Writing

Here are just a few samples of my writing work to date: 

Explainers/Primers:

How To Set Up Your Freelance Business While You’re Still Employed: A Step-By-Step Guide (Levo)

What Does Renters Insurance Cover? (Legal Beagle)

What Every Freelancer Needs To Know About Finding Health Insurance (Levo)

Trump’s Travel Ban Starts Tonight: Here’s What You Need To Know (Levo)

Interviews/Profiles:

How Getting Sober Helped Nicole Atkins Find Her Voice (Inspirer Magazine)

Hayley Orrantia Talks ‘The Goldbergs,’ Songwriting, and Vocal Surgery (Inspirer Magazine)

Meet Christine Pellegrino: The Reading Teacher Who Became an Unexpected Political Leader (Inspirer Magazine)

Constance Schwartz on What She’s Learned from 25 years in Male-Dominated Industries (Inspirer Magazine)

Pop Culture Think Pieces:

Wonder Woman Proves that Female Storytelling is Needed Now More than Ever (Inspirer Magazine)

Game of Thrones Finally Gives the Narrative Back to its Female Characters (Hamilton & Griffin on Rights)

The Fearlessness of Hip-Hop’s First Female Mogul: Missy Elliott (Inspirer Magazine)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Induct These Women: Dolly Parton (Inspirer Magazine)

Legal/Policy/Political Analysis:

Do Employers Have the Right to Judge Your Social Media Presence? (Levo)

Understanding Your Mental Health Rights in the Workplace: A Primer (Levo)

Is it Legal to Leave a Dog in the Car? (Legal Beagle)

Taking Legal Action After Sexual Harassment: An Attorney Explains the Process (Levo)

What’s the 17th Amendment in Simple Terms? (Legal Beagle)

Blogging:

Cute Girl With a Banjo: I started Cute Girl With a Banjo in my mid-twenties as a fun, personal blog. I never really imagined that it would evolve into much, much more. When my mother suddenly and tragically died in 2013, my fun little twenty-something blog became an outlet for my grief. My writings ended up resonating with a lot of people. In just a few years, Cute Girl With a Banjo grew to have more than 4,000 followers, and an actively engaged readership. My work was featured on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed, syndicated by Thought Catalog, and shared by Brain, Child Magazine. How did I do it? I can tell you one thing: it wasn’t from clever marketing. I didn’t post every day, or offer e-courses, or comment on other bloggers’ pages, or do any of the other 700 things new bloggers are taught to do. Honestly, I hardly did anything to market this blog, aside from sharing my writings on Facebook and Twitter. I gained over 4,000 subscribers because I made great content that made people think and feel something.

If I could go back in time, of course I would do a few things differently. I would probably have done a lot more marketing. Also, I would most definitely change the blog’s name (lesson learned: think long-term about your blog and where it might go before naming it. Do not pick just any random name. Eventually, you will no longer be a cute girl with a banjo, and instead will be an adult woman looking for work. Oops).

Here are a few samples:

This is not a before-and-after weight loss story

The long, lonely road of grief

Case Studies:

I pitched, researched and wrote this case study for The Intersector Project, covering the transformation of the largest public housing development in New Orleans. 

Books:

I contributed research to journalist Liz Plank’s forthcoming book, How to Be a Man

I contributed research and wrote segments for the book Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace