A memoir writer with a background in theater, the transition from page to stage for me seemed inevitable.

In addition to competing in the Moth StorySLAM hosted by NPR, I was a 2016 Metro Detroit Listen to Your Mother cast member. I also performed for an audience in Lisbon, Portugal.


I'm nervous until I get on stage. Then the story comes to me, just the way that it should. As a writer, I never get to "see" my readers' reactions to my work. As a storyteller, however, the reactions are right there in front of me. It's the only encouragement I need to keep going.

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