I’m honored (and thrilled!) to be chosen as a finalist in the Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize contest from Elephant Rock Books:

Elephant Rock Books 2018 YA Contest Finalists

I’m excited to be coordinating Backlist Bonanza, a new YA Interrobang series featuring Q&As with YA authors about their backlist titles. Check out the first post!

ChiYA, Chicago’s YA writing home, is now live! I’m proud to be working with such a great group of writers on this project. Check out the About page to meet our contributors, and visit the blog for posts on creativity, craft, and the Chicago literary scene.

I’m honored to have an essay published in Coming of Age at the End of Nature, an anthology from Trinity University Press (October 2016). I spoke about the anthology with fellow contributor James Orbesen at 57th Street Books in Chicago last fall, as well as with three other contributors at the summer 2017 ASLE Conference in Detroit. The November 1st, 2016 issue of Library Journal includes a starred review of the anthology!


I’m represented by Eric Smith of the P.S. Literary Agency.

I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), previously in the Wisconsin chapter and currently in the Illinois chapter.

I’m a member of the Writers WorkSpace, a Chicago co-working space dedicated exclusively to writers.

A few of the projects I’m working on (apologies for the vagueness):

Young Adult Contemporary
A teenage boy struggles to keep up appearances at school and navigate his first romance while battling secret troubles at home.

Young Adult Contemporary
A group of Chicago teenagers get up to shenanigans (and untangle their mismatched love lives) during an unforgettable summer on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Middle Grade Adventure
A mysterious new girl takes a bookish young boy on a series of adventures that reveal the magic lurking just below the surface of everyday life.

A few of my published pieces:

Why Haiti? (essay, Coming of Age at the End of Nature)
A narrative nonfiction account of the year I spent working on a reforestation project in Haiti. Part of an anthology of environmental essays by young writers.

Illustrated History (nonfiction feature, Furman Magazine)
The story of two historians who are bringing the past to the present through mobile apps.

Rewriting the Book (nonfiction feature, Indiana Alumni Magazine)
The story of a volunteer group of citizen scientists who tracked down an elusive owl in Indiana’s forests.

Poorest in the West (essay, Consilience)
An essay examining Haiti’s past, present, and future in the wake of the devastating 2008 hurricane season.

Schmoozing about Books (book review, Cicada)
A review of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.

Calligraphy, Planning Spontaneity (poems, The Echo)
Two poems.

Pebbles (poem, Cicada)
A poem.