Resume

Journalism Experience

Freelance Writer and Editor, June 2018-Present
Write and edit arts profiles, book reviews, travel stories, general interest features for print and digital platforms. Clients include Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Time Out and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 2006-May 2018
Lead Features Content Manager
• Assigned long-form narrative features, arts profiles, trend pieces, book reviews and breaking news for a major daily newspaper.
• Edited content for accuracy, style, clarity, legality and search engine optimization
• Wrote long-form narrative features, arts profiles, travel stories, general interest features
•  Recruited, trained and managed freelance writers
•  Planned and executed multi-platform publishing initiatives and social media strategies
• Collaborated with photographers, videographers and producers on packaging content for print and digital

Creative Loafing Atlanta, Sept. 1997-March 2006
Associate Editor
Produced weekly arts, film, music, and food sections, plus eight annual special sections for Atlanta’s leading alternative weekly; hired, trained and managed editors, reporters, and freelancers; assigned and edited cover stories, features, and reviews.

Teaching Experience

Decatur Writers Studio, Nov. 2016-May 2018
Director
Programmed year-round writing classes and summer writing camps; recruited author instructors; organized promotional events; managed social media promotions

Emory University
Instructor, Writing Arts Criticism, Journalism Program

Emory University Continuing Education
Instructor, Creative Nonfiction Writing; Personal Essay Writing; Travel Writing; Capstone Project

Kennesaw State University
Guest lecturer, Journalism Program

Georgia College & State University
Guest lecturer, Journalism Program

Education

MFA in Creative Writing, Nonfiction
Queens University of Charlotte, N.C.

BA in Journalism, Print Media
University of South Carolina, College of Journalism

Select Published Works

Books
Moon Puerto Rico, 4th edition, Hachette/Avalon
Moon San Juan, Vieques and Culebra, 2nd edition, Hachette/Avalon

Articles
The Mysterious Allure of Marfa, Texas, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 2018
Muckrakers’ Legacy Lives on in Photo Show of ’80s-Era Homeless, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 2018
2,000 Nights and Counting for Blues Musician Mudcat, Intown Living, Oct. 2018
Patti Callahan’s New Novel Examines Unlikely Union, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 2018
• How a Chef Disrupted Disaster Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 2018
• Amber Tamblyn Flips the Script with Debut Novel ‘Any Man,’ Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 2018
• ‘Homeplace’ Chronicles the Last Days of a Honky Tonk Hero, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 2018
After the Storm: A Volunteer Trip to Puerto Rico Reveals an Island Still Recovering 5 Months Later, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 2018
‘Still Hungry in America’ Revisits 1967 Photo Project that Changed Food Stamp Policy, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 2018
 How An Unknown Musician Once Saved Townes Van Zandt’s Life, Rolling Stone, Nov. 2017
What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nov. 2017
Lucinda Williams Conjures Ghosts of Highway 20, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 2017
Picarones: Peru’s Favourite Late-Night Snack, the Guardian, Dec. 2016
Little St. Simons: Exclusive Barrier Island is Bird-Watcher’s Wonderland, AJC, June 2016
Sapelo Island: Geechee Community Endures, But Just Barely, AJC, June 2016
St. Simons: Kayaking the Salt Marshes of Glynn County, AJC, June 2016
Cumberland Island: Visitors Benefit From Push-Pull Efforts to Preserve, Share Natural Wonder, AJC, June 2016
Tybee Island: Popular Coastal Destination Is Having a Culinary Moment, AJC, June 2016
Erica Jong Still Sexing Up Her Satire With Fear of Dying, AJC, August 2015
The Fugitive’s Sister, AJC, Oct. 2014
Preserving Flannery O’Connor’s Legacy at Andalusia, AJC, April 2014
Rincón Beckons Visitors to Puerto Rico’s West Coast, AJC, Jan. 2014
Pied Piper of the Beltline, AJC, Oct. 2013
Ponce Recalls 19th Century Colonialism in Puerto Rico, AJC, Oct. 2012

Essays

Home for the Holidays, AJC, Dec. 2013
Land of Shannon, Full Grown People, Sept. 2013 (nominated for Pushcart Prize)
• Box of Stones, The Gettysburg Review, Autumn 2010
• Augusten Burroughs: The Craft of Memoir Writing, The Chattahoochee Review, Fall 2010

Awards and Accolades

Writing
• Best Travel Writing, 2017 Society of Professional Jouranalists Green Eyeshade Awards, 1st place, Discover Georgia’s Barrier Islands
• Finalist, 2013 Iowa Review Award for Nonfiction, Do Not Disturb
• Nominee, 2013 Pushcart Prize, Land of Shannon

Editing
• Best Sports Feature, 2018 Society for Features Journalism, Knockout: The Fast Rise and Slow Fade of Boxer O’Neil ‘Supernova’ Bell
• Best Feature Writing, 2018 Society of Professional Journalists, Personal Journeys series
• Best Features Writing and Best Sports Writing, 2016 Associated Press Media Editors Awards, Usher for the Ages
• Best Integrated Storytelling, 2015 Society of Features Journalism, Forgotten Memories
• Best Food Writing, 2013, 2014, 2015, DeCapo, The Upstart Cattleman, Savoring the Now, Brothers’ Keepers
• Salute to Excellence Award, 2014 National Association of Black Journalists, The Freedom Fighter
• Best Feature Writing, 2013 Associated Press Media Editors, The Freedom Fighter
• Best Features Writing, 2013 Society of Professional Journalists, Personal Journeys series
• Best Arts Feature, 2004 Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award
• Best Restaurant Criticism, 2004 Association of Food Journalists Award
• Best Music Criticism, 2004, 2002 Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award

Lectures, Panels, and Readings

• To Outline or Not to Outline, Broadleaf Writers Conference, moderator, 2017
• Essentials of Narrative Nonfiction, Hub City Writers Project, lecturer, 2016
• Diversity in Literary Criticism, Decatur Book Festival, panelist, 2016
• Fact. Vs. Truth in Narrative Nonfiction, Decatur Book Festival, moderator, 2015
• Women on the Verge of a Breakdown/Breakthrough, DBF, moderator; 2013
• Write Club reading series, author; 2014
• True Story! reading series, author; 2010, 2013
• How to Run a Successful Freelance Writing Business, Atlanta Press Club, panelist; 2009

Fellowship and Conferences

• Boston University Power of Narrative Conference, 2017
• Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference; 2013, 2015
• Fellow, Hambidge Center for the Arts & Sciences; 2013
• Neiman Conference on Narrative Journalism, Harvard University; 2002

Related Volunteer Work

• Decatur Book Festival, planning committee, 2013-2018
• Decatur Book Festival, programming committee, 2013-2018
• Society for Features Journalism Excellence in Features Writing, judge; 2010-2012
• Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Awards, arts features judge; 2008-2009