I am a public health professional, writer, and artist passionate about the intersections of equity, health, culture, and communication. My primary interest areas include:

  • Maternal/parental and child health
  • Health equity
  • Social issues
  • Reproductive health and justice
  • Environmental health and justice
  • Food justice
  • Nutrition
  • Jewish culture/identity
  • Nature and ecosystems
  • Art, creativity, and whimsy

I also write humor, essays, fiction, and anything requiring an absurd amount of puns.

Education and career: I have an MPH in Health Services/Maternal & Child Health and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction, both from the University of Washington. I’ve worked in public health communications as well as public health training and professional development, with a focus on maternal and child health and health equity. I also spent over a decade working in youth development and advocacy. My undergraduate studies were at Oberlin College.

Impressionist Collage – Art: In addition to writing, I make art, largely impressionist collage with nature themes, using tiny scraps of color from old copies of The New Yorker. This gives me another outlet for creative expression, by which I mean a passable excuse for keeping all those old copies of The New Yorker for so long. Check out the art tab of my website above, or visit my Impressionist Collage Etsy shop here.

Dubious distinction: Multi-time winner of Pundamonium, Seattle’s pun slam.

Other skills and interests: Mushroom hunting, photography, cooking, fermenting, hiking, backpacking, wildlife appreciation, graphic design, dancing, and activism.