I’m a freelance travel writer and essayist based in Brooklyn, with emphasis on public lands, art, architecture, food, and spirits. I also write autobiographical essays, and am at work on a memoir. All of my recent writing projects can be found here. My husband and I founded and edit Parks and Points, a website dedicated to sharing writing about public lands, in 2016.
I also teach writing full-time at Purchase College (State University of New York at Purchase), and serve on the board of the SUNY Council on Writing. At Purchase, I launched and now edit Expose, an undergraduate journal of expository writing. I also edit SUNY Writes!, a “blogzine” for writing educators produced in collaboration with the SUNY Council on Writing.
In July of 2019 Healthline kindly published a short essay I wrote about how yoga, travel, long solitary walks, and reevaluating my thinking were all integral to my building a new relationship with my body post-IVF. I didn’t promote the piece very much at the time, as something about it made me feel very self-conscious. But to this day, I receive email about it, and often unexpectedly. I’ve heard from many women that reading it made them feel less alone; hearing from them has made me feel less alone as well. So, I’m sharing it here. https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/my-body-after-ivf#1
It was such a pleasure to chat with Ellen O’Connell Whittet about her debut memoir, What You Become in Flight. A former dancer, Whittet grapples with leaving her ballet career behind after a serious injury, and examines the compromises that ballet necessitated, exploring ultimately how ballet was a training ground for much of womanhood. Our discussion focused on the intersection of dance and writing, or how being immersed in two creative disciplines reveals some of the essential themes recurrent within one’s work, one creative process driving the other forward.