Food is poetry. Poetry is food.
Just as food is a form of expression and communication, so is poetry; both are an art, providing sustenance, offering up vulnerability. Both are avenues for storytelling, which I have long believed is the key to understanding. Breaking bread is often a catalyst for compassion. People share themselves when they share a meal--and conversation spurs community. Food brings us together in a way little else can.
Who I am.
I am a food and wellness writer, poet, stylist, and activist. I believe in mindful living. Nourishing our bodies with food and movement. Nurturing our minds with compassion and community. Living simply and intentionally, but abundantly.
My food philosophy centers around eating traditional, whole foods, mostly plants, and listening to our intuitive bodies. I believe food should be accessible, enjoyable and healthful. I believe food should not only be our medicine, but our muse.
I am not a master in the kitchen by any stretch of the imagination. You won't find a plethora of recipes developed by yours truly in this space; no artfully staged food photography or trending superfood brand endorsements here. To be sure, I enjoy cooking, and find it therapeutic. If anything, I would call myself aspiring. An aspiring cook, an aspiring baker, an aspiring food artist, scholar, scientist, expert.
More so, I enjoy good food. I take pleasure in its presentation, its journey to my plate, the story hiding between the lattice of your grandmother's rhubarb pie or the tiny thumbprints pressed along the seal of your family's homemade pirogies. I love learning about how food is made, how it's grown, why we choose to eat what we do. I am passionate about food justice and consequently, the issues that intersect with this topic--social justice, environmentalism, animal welfare, public health and public policy, and economic equity. My practice in Buddhist philosophy leads me to believe in the interdependence and connectedness of the world's issues, so I seek to cultivate peace and awareness in all that I do.
Whether we care to admit it or not, our food choices are much like religion and politics--part of our social identity, influencing who we are, informing our opinions, beliefs and actions. Eating can be a source of contention, or a source of great inspiration. Food takes the form of many roles in our life. I am here to explore those roles.
I studied English at both Dickinson College and Flagler College before graduating early honors with my Bachelor of Arts in 2013. I received my certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through Cornell University in 2016. I continuously pursue my own independent, informal education in various subjects of interest pertaining to peace advocacy.
After spending a few years in Tampa, Florida, my husband Eric and I bought a little home and planted (tender) roots in eastern West Virginia, about 90 minutes outside of D.C. I currently work as a communications manager for a health nonprofit and freelance as a digital marketing consultant. I am also a writer for several publications including The Observer, contributing articles ranging from health and wellness to local narratives and critical thought pieces. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, baking, practicing yoga, reading, gardening, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.
To get in touch, please email me at email@example.com.