About Me

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What I write on this blog

I am a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based journalistic blogger and all-around full-hearted writer. I'm taking a cue from Toni Morrison these days and writing what I want to read.

At the moment, this includes blog and non-blog short fiction, poetry, and occasional music and book reviews. And blog posts, lots of blog posts.

Education and work experience

I earned a bachelor of arts in journalism, with a minor in English literature, at Cornerstone University, graduating summa cum laude in 2009.

I have been blogging since 2008 and writing since the age of 7.

My college work included staff reporter, copy editor, page designer, features editor, assistant editor and editor of The Herald student newspaper.

I also helped restart a dormant student newspaper at Montcalm Community College in 2005-06, and then became a copy editor, reporter, assistant to the adviser and associate editor.

I did an internship from 2008-09 as a copy editor and page designer at The Grand Rapids Press and then was hired on staff. In 2012, the company rebranded itself as MLive Media Group and merged eight newspapers into one operation. During that time I was continuously promoted, eventually to the position of features and business editor for all eight print editions.

I left MLive voluntarily in December 2014, thereafter did freelance work, then took a writing and editing position in Calvin College's communication and marketing department for nine months.

Since fall 2016, I have worked as a reporter for Grand Rapids Business Journal, covering anything from small business to large manufacturing companies.

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