I am a Washington D.C.-based writer, editor and blogger with a deep interest in travel, culture, music and the arts.
I first experienced the connection between these interests while traveling in Ireland, where I learned that the Irish penny whistle is not only a cheery instrument to accompany a night at the pub, but also an integral part of a traditional music scene that ties together larger issues of identity, culture and politics.
I went on to complete a Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology and Folklore with a focus in public outreach and programming. At the heart of my work is an ethnographic perspective, a search for the connections between place, individuals, culture, music, food and history.
Hungry to continue experiencing human expression and cultural diversity around the world, I moved to Russia, and then to Poland. The more I traveled, the more I realized that slow, experiential and sustainable travel is the most effective way of experiencing place. From a solo backpacking trip across rural Poland to a hunt for underground dance houses in Budapest and Kiev, my attention (and feet) tend to wander towards local markets, public transportation, community spaces, and places where the locals go.
I’ve written for print outlets such as Northern Virginia Magazine, Loudoun Magazine and National Geographic (forthcoming 2013). I’ve also written for online publications like Big World Magazine, DC Life Magazine, BootsnAll and The Matador Network. In the past I’ve worked as a content editor with a travel organization dedicated to promoting sustainable, responsible and local travel, globally.
I am always open to discussing freelance opportunities, creative collaboration or special projects, particularly ones that: raise awareness of the rich mosaic of cultural diversity and human expression both globally and locally; give voice to different perspectives; build community; and tell un-told stories.