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Selected Publications and Awards

Advertising/Marketing Copywriting, PR Writing, & Narrative Journalism

I've published hundreds of PR, advertising, magazine, and news pieces on a wide range of topics, many for University-affiliated and other regional publications. Here are some examples:

One Person's Trash is Ash Andrews' Treasure, Pitt Magazine, April 2024

At Frick Park Market, the Beat Goes On, Shady Ave magazine, Fall 2023 

Ryan Steinly: Fluent in Language and Justice, profile, Pittwire, May 2023

A Maryland Teacher of the Year Leads with Love, profile, PittWire, March 2023


Advertising, short copy: Pittsburgh Magazine Higher Ed Guide, sponsored content, March 2023. Single ad file


Advertising: Life Science article, sponsored content, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper, March 2023. 


Advertising: Pitt2Pitt scholarship article, sponsored content, PittNews, February 2023. 


Advertising: Radio script (:15) promoting the University of Pittsburgh, Black History Month, February 2023. WQED-FM 89.3

The Soul of Kelly Strayhorn: The Pittsburgh Theater Proudly Uses the Tradition of Network Building and Diverse Arts as Platforms for Liberation, Heinz Endowments Cultural Treasures, January 2023.

"Lillian Chong: This Creative Chemist Helped Crack a COVID-19 Mystery" (profile for Ones to Watch 2022-2023 series), Pittwire

"Olivia Miller: A Gymnast Using the Power of Positivity" (profile of star gymnast for Ones to Watch 2022-2023 series), PittWire

"A Nurse Anesthetist Transforms Patient Care, and a Researcher Uses Artificial Intelligence to Detect Heart Attacks" (feature story, pp. 9–11), Pitt Nurse Magazine, Fall 2021


"Going In First" (feature profile of first Black swimmer at Univ. of Pittsburgh), H2P Magazine

"In the Line of Fire" (feature story on art show exploring guns and gun control), Carnegie Mellon Today Magazine

"Goodbye to an Odd Favorite" (story of demolition of iconic building that housed the Univ. of Pittsburgh's Learning Research Development Center), Pitt Magazine

"Robert Sanders: Of Sea and Space" (profile of NASA doctor and deep sea diver), Pitt MED Magazine

"Supreme Achievement: Shawndya Simpson" (profile of first Panamanian American to serve as New York Supreme Court judge), Pitt Magazine

"Sheldon Adler" and "Robert Connamacher" (obituaries, 2019), Pitt MED Magazine, (pdf here)

"Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies" (news story on center and mindfulness offerings), Pitt Chronicle newspaper

"The Show Must Go On(line): Mastering the Drama of Taking Theater Onto the Digital Stage" (story on moving theater online during the COVID-19 pandemic), Pitt Magazine

"Exploring Digital and DIY Learning at the Museum," REMAKE LEARNING (for this education-based funder, I covered a national forerunner in the DIY/maker movement for education, The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's MAKESHOP. The piece is part of a larger Playbook project to share successful innovative learning strategies with other educators around the globe.)  For the same Playbook project, I wrote about Elizabeth Township School District.

Q&A with mountain-climbing engineer from Indonesia, Diansyah Putri Handayani, Pitt Magazine

From Bhutanese Refugee to Med School Hopeful: Yadhu Dhital, Pitt Chronicle   (Now he is a doctor! see his Twitter page here

A Casual Conversation with Physicist Ted "Ezra" Newman (interview with "the grandson of Einstein" on black holes and LIGO) 

"All Booked Up" (profile of LA Times book editor Carolyn Kellogg), Pitt Magazine

Poetry, Memoir, Essays

"Strawberry", poem, finalist for 2022 Sappho Prize, contest from Palette Poetry

"And What Did Watching Birds Sing When You Gathered" in Psalms for Mother Emanuel: An Elegy from Pittsburgh to Charleston (poetry project commissioned by Pittsburgh Foundation in response to the 2015 racially charged massacre at Mother Emanuel church, with eds. Tameka Cage-Conley and Yona Harvey).

See article about the Psalms project in Littsburgh here.

"The Other Side of the Street" essay in The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about being Mixed Race in 21st Century America.

"A Mixed Journey from the Outside In" memoir essay in Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications).

Race, Identity, and Privilege from the U.S. to the Congo by Brenda F. Berrian (I was the ghostwriter mentioned in the front matter/ introductory section), Autobiography published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2021

"Mother/Other" lyric essay, finalist for 2017 Penelope Niven Prize for Creative Nonfiction

I contributed several articles related to adoption to The Lost Daughters site and book.

"Good", poem, finalist for 2017 Disquiet International Literary Prize


Grant Writing

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