WHAT I BRING TO THE TEAM
Imagination: an inventive thinker skilled at bringing creative visions to life within technical constraints
Resourcefulness: an intuitive learner, quick to adapt to varied styles, frameworks, or tools
Collaboration: a conscientious contributor with experience in coordinating and supporting diverse, multi-functional teams
I live in Iowa City, Iowa, a UNESCO City of Literature. In my 10 years here, I have served as a project manager at the Iowa Reading Research Center and an English Language Arts test developer and content lead at ACT, Inc. My work has included writing fiction and nonfiction reading passages, producing online learning content and assessments for grades K-12 students and teachers, and fostering motivated, high-functioning teams.
Before migrating to Iowa, I obtained my MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University, where I taught composition and creative writing and served as a managing editor of the literary magazine Puerto del Sol. I am a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and pursued a double major in creative writing and English Education at Butler University, where I met my husband and fellow writer Mike Meginnis. Together we founded Uncanny Valley Press, an online and print publication with a focus on innovative narratives and technology-inflected works. My personal projects include Strange Clay, a series of short stories set in an environmental post-apocalypse, and Road to the Fightimal Master, a modern JRPG for which I am developing the script, gameplay, music, and a little of my own pixel art.
I thrive on projects that require an intersection of creative and technical problem solving, and I am always eager for opportunities to expand my skills with new engines, tools, and media. I am also well-versed in education principles from K-12 to college and career education, and I find I am able to quickly create practical solutions out of complexity, communicate ideas engagingly to an audience, and ensure all users can equally access the finished product. Ultimately, I hope to do work that synthesizes my skills in writing and interactive media, with the goal of bringing people unique narrative experiences that positively impact their lives.