I am a writer and editor, living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2016 we ditched suburban living and downsized into a 91-year-old foursquare craftsman house near our vibrant downtown. We like to think that we rescued the house from the depths of despair, but in many ways we are the ones who have been rescued. The craftsman’s sloping floors and creepy creaks make me feel connected to history and remind me that imperfection is always more interesting than polished beauty. We have joined a beautiful community of artists, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who are trying to make the world a better place through creative pursuits and thoughtful activism.
I founded and direct a nonprofit, Rising Village Foundation, which provides initiatives that empower refugees to become self-sufficient contributors to their community. We work with refugees who have been resettled in the Tulsa area, and immigrants who have come to the U.S. to seek a better life. I believe in welcoming these newcomers with resources that give them the opportunity to rise and thrive.
I have a degree in journalism, worked as a reporter for The Tulsa World newspaper, edited a quarterly magazine, Mia, ghostwrote three books, worked as a freelance editor and was a partner in The Leslie Group. I’m now focusing on my own freelance writing, as well as helping others communicate their stories well. I hope by writing authentically, I can encourage you to share your own story. I offer writing and editing services, which you can learn more about here. You can also read more of my writing here.
I’m learning a new normal in this season of pandemic, quarantine and general uncertainty. My hope is that we can use this time to begin new stories of courage, creativity, compassion and hope. What’s your story? I would love to hear from you in the comments or by email (email@example.com). I’m also out there on Instagram or Facebook.