I discovered that I liked poetry after my cool English teacher made it seem #relatable. I went through the classic poetry puberty: I rhymed way too often, rarely took constructive criticism, and watched the same 10 slam poetry videos on Youtube. Then I discovered the magic of workshopping, and it all changed. Namely, I started writing stuff I actually wanted to read and perform.
Since then, I've made it a priority to better my writing and to create spaces where others can improve their own craft. Throughout my college career, I was President of Slam! at NYU, where I led weekly poetry workshops for an average of 10-12 students. I also organized 5 annual poetry events that draw up to 400 attendees. In 2016, I worked as an Events Management Intern at the Bowery Poetry Club.
Notable accomplishments, in case you want to book me and care about those sorts of things: Member of the NYU 2018 CUPSI team, which took home the championship this year. Jefferson Hall Fellow and finalist for NYC Youth Poet Laureate. My teams have also been on final stage at FEMSlam (a national poetry tournament for femme-identifying poets).
I am a long-time prose writer. In fact, I wrote my first short story in fourth grade. It was an incredibly original tale about a cool, smart fourth grader who had adventures on a tropical island. The main character looked like me and sounded like me, but she was definitely not me. Seriously, guys. She wasn't me.
Since then, I've gotten a lot better at grammar and, y'know, words and stuff. At the moment, I have three ongoing prose projects. You can download my podcast Overkill, which is a first-person fiction story about a preteen medium and some deeply melodramatic ghosts. I am also working on a series of personal essays about growing up in the Internet age called "Definitely Not Porn" and am currently completing my first full-length manuscript for National Novel Writing Month.
I love to talk, so it should be no surprise that I also love writing dialogue. As as student of new media, I'm particularly interested in the creative potential of web video. My first webseries, In the Clouds, is the eight-episode story of a plant mom, an absurdly jaded 20-something, and their shared struggle to grow the fuck up. It is scheduled for release in January 2019.
At the start of 2017, I began to experiment with playwriting. Like most forms of college experimentation, it proved to be dangerously addictive, and I've continued to write short plays. Last summer, my play The Filthy Rich had its first rehearsed reading. The dark comedy tells the story of three abused children left home alone for the weekend.