I’m a writer of fiction, poetry, creative personal essays, and most things in-between. I’m a German native who moved to the US in 2006 and never left. I have a background in language and writing instruction, and while my time spent in the TESOL and English M.A. programs at WVU solidified beautiful West Virginia as my US home state, a desire for warmth and open water led me to Houston, Texas, where I currently live with my husband, two cats, and dog.
Ever since moving to Houston, I’ve been passionately involved in the city’s literary scene. In 2015, I co-founded Writefest, a festival, workshop, and literary journal fair for new and emerging writers, and served as Festival Director in it’s first two years. In early 2017, I co-founded Fuente Collective, an organization for writers and other artists that believes in experimentation, collaboration, and hybridity as important creative drivers. Through FuenteCo, I help to build a diverse program of retreats and events that focus less on how-to instruction and more on encouraging people to generate new creative ideas and work, connecting them to their creativity in new and exciting ways, and breaking them out of their ruts. You can learn more about FuenteCo and our upcoming events here.
I’m an avid Coptic-stitch bookbinder and paper artist, and I run bookbinding retreats through FuenteCo. I also offer notebook-making activities for kids’ birthdays, and am available for privately scheduled group classes. If you’d like to learn more, visit my bookbinding page here.
I also work as a freelance translator of German <> English. I’m a true bilingual speaker and would love to do more literary translation, specifically German > English. Combining my love of translation and my desire to support and collaborate with new writers, I’m always looking for German-language writers of short stories, flash fiction, and prose poetry who, with my help, would like to try their hand at publishing in the English-speaking market. I’d love to be your translator and guide to perfect venues for your work.