Born and raised in the Boston area, I wanted to attend a college far, far away from the parochial community where I spent my childhood and adolescence. Instead, I went to a nice liberal arts university in Cambridge. I graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in the History and Literature of America (translation: American Studies). My studies focused on twentieth-century literature, art, and feminist political thought. I wrote an essay about negotiating the fanciness of that place and my family's South Boston roots, and it was published by Longreads in the fall of 2017.

After graduating college, I spent three years working in New York, writing and editing for media companies and then a tech startup. I currently live with my partner in Philadelphia. I adore Philly and its vibrant culinary scene, robust artistic/artisan community, and magnificent architecture. It might be my favorite city in the US. Just don't tell Boston that.