I write in a lot of different genres--short stories, poetry, novels, essays, memoir; horror, fantasy, speculative fiction, literary fiction. Much of what I've been writing lately has been a mix of essays on social justice issues, personal/narrative essays, and writing craft; some short horror/folklore-inspired stories; a handful of poems; and a memoir. I'm currently exploring the themes of intergenerational trauma, biracialism, the American Dream, subverting the "madwoman in the attic" trope, justice in the horror genre, and the picaresque/maqamat as a form. Carmen Maria Machado and Roxane Gay are the authors whose work probably best resembles my current work.
I'm looking for ideally a local (NYC-based) writing group that I can grow alongside, who can help me see what I perhaps can't in my writing because I'm too close to it and who can suggest particular form and craft development--so for this reason, I'm looking for a group of intermediate or advanced writers, not beginners. For right now, despite vaccines, I'd like to stay remote/digital, but once the pandemic has dissipated, I'd like to meet in person. I don't write for children, so I'm looking for a group of writers outside of the children's/YA world.
I have a B.A. in creative writing and business administration from Iowa's Coe College, alma mater of Paul Engle. I've taught and tutored in English Language Arts and English for Students of Other Languages, and I freelance edit (though this is currently on hiatus) and work full-time in trade publishing in a non-editorial capacity.