I live in Iowa City, Iowa, a UNESCO City of Literature. I am in my third year as a project manager at the Iowa Reading Research Center at the University of Iowa, where I oversee a team of 15-18 full-time and student staff to disseminate best practices in reading instruction, analyze school and student data, and produce eLearning content for teachers and students in Iowa and beyond. Before this, I worked for 7 years in English Language Arts Test Development at ACT, where I developed experience in writing English Language Arts passages and test items, designing effective assessments, planning and managing projects, improving processes, and building efficient, motivated, high-functioning teams.
Before migrating to Iowa, I obtained my MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University, where I also taught composition and creative writing and served as a managing editor of the national literary magazine Puerto del Sol. I am a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and pursued a double major in creative writing and English Education at Butler University, where I met my husband and fellow writer Mike Meginnis. Together we founded Uncanny Valley Press, an online and print publication with a focus on innovative narratives and technology-inflected works. In my spare time, I work on fiction, electronic music, and developing my own video game.
I thrive on projects that require an intersection of creative and technical skills, and I am constantly expanding my abilities in various multimedia disciplines, including graphics production, sound editing, and web development. I am also well-versed in education principles from kindergarten to collegiate to career education, and I feel that my background in this area allows me to create practicality out of complexity, clearly communicate to an audience, and ensure all users can equally access the finished product. Ultimately, I hope to do work that synthesizes my skills and interests, with the goal of bringing people unique stories that positively impact their lives.