The short and sweet: Copywriter, editor, social media marketer. Southern girl. Life-long Chattanoogan. Certified yoga instructor. Sometimes poet and artist.
The longer, but still sweet:
I spent five years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on degrees in English and history. I was the kind of nerdy, incredibly earnest college student who wrote two senior theses for fun and collected multiple copies of my favorite Charles Dickens novels. I wanted to see what else was out there beyond my small, insular world of presenting papers on Dracula at lit conferences. A few months before graduation an international manufacturing company, Astec Inc., hired me to do their technical writing, which was the perfect introduction to life outside the ivory tower. I enjoyed the private sector so much the year off I planned to take before grad school turned into the foreseeable future.
When my contract was up at Astec, I started my freelance career, worked at a chain bookstore for several months, and earned certification as a yoga instructor. Most recently, I worked for a year at a small software startup called Woople. They hired me as a copywriter/editor and got the economy size package since I took on all duties of social media coordinator and graphic designer during my time there, in addition to the duties of the original job description.
Today I am pursuing freelance projects, including regular contributions to Pork & Mead Magazine, Nooga, and managing social media accounts for Randy Durham, a local realtor. I also drink far too much tea.