Personal Essays

beltMy personal essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Belt’s Chicago Anthology and others. I write about class, landscape, animals mental health and others. Below are some of the most recent highlights. Check out my Publications by year page to find more.

Serendip Studios April 2020,

I teach English Composition for a community college from my studio apartment some where in Chicago. My life in the time of Covid-19 is spent teaching online, checking in on both my students and my loved ones, and trying to make sense of it all. Meanwhile, I try not to consume too much NPR or chocolate- that part is going badly.

I have both Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder. Emails after emails with their tiny black text against a white screen seem like a level of Hades customized just for me. The words dance and smear together, and I miss things. The phrase “didn’t you read my email,” has sent me into a shame spiral so large it would be a popular attraction at Six Flags

I’ve Worked So Many Fancy Weddings, For Myself I still want a Potluck

 The Washington Post. August 2018

“After working dozens of them, I have learned that every wedding, no matter how perfectly or haphazardly planned, is an event where the tectonics of culture, family, class, religion and race all rub up against one another in ways both good and bad. There will always be someone who doesn’t like something, and worrying about that person is simply a waste of time.”