About

Greetings, distinguished readership!

I am an author, editor, and musician based in the historic and scenic borderlands of Maryland and Pennsylvania. In 2014, I represented Maryland at the national orations contest hosted by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in Greenville, South Carolina. In 2019, I organized and moderated an interfaith conference called “More Than Memory” about spiritual and literary legacy of JRR Tolkien based in Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

In my capacity as a freelance writer, I have written for over thirty print and online publications. I am currently working on a series of novels retelling the legends of Robin Hood, as well as compiling a collection of reflections on the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. My other writing projects include a non-fiction chronicle of the Second Jacobite Rebellion and a historical fiction novel set in Boston on the eve of the American Revolution.

You may know me best as Editor-in-Chief of Fellowship & Fairydust, an online literary magazine with mission of inspiring faith and creativity and exploring the arts through a spiritual lens. With an archival history stretching over a decade, we maintain a regular blog and produce seasonal themed issues including poetry, prose, artwork, and photography. We are eager to welcome new contributors from diverse backgrounds and cultivate bonds of intercultural and interreligious understanding.

I also sing and play the penny whistle, bodhran drum, and auto-harp. I have performed religious and folk music both locally and abroad. Other hobbies include watching classic films and geek franchises, tracking down long-lost historical tomes and saint hagiographies, gazing mesmerized at stained-glass windows, Zen-doodling dragons in Christmas cards, shooting arrows in the Sherwood Forest of my day-dreams, and chatting with zany international contacts about pizza recipes and Disney remakes.

I am drawn to Christian Trinitarian and Incarnational mysticism, but also appreciate elements of other spiritual traditions including Sufi Islam, Chassidic Judaism, and Celtic Paganism. I believe God is reflected in all things good, true, or beautiful, and that the divine presence, which C.S. Lewis called “numinous”, is wondrously woven into every human heart. As a faithful Daughter of the Catholic Church, I find that a quote from one of poems of Pope St. John Paul II sums up my own sentiments:

I want to describe the Church, my Church

Born in me, not dying with me

Nor do I die with it, which always grows beyond me.

The Church, the lowest depth of my existence, and its peak.

The Church, the root which I thrust into the past, and the future alike.

The Sacrament of my being in God, who is the Father.

 

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For more information on F&F Magazine, visit us at www.fellowshipandfairydust.com or email me at editor@fellowshipandfairydust.com.