I'm an Ohio native, an oldest child, and an INFJ. But the most important thing you should know is that I love words and believe they can change the world.
I first learned this as an undergrad at Calvin College, where I worked on the student newspaper and genuinely looked forward to writing papers. After studying theology at Oxford University, I landed my first job copy editing Christianity Today magazine in the suburbs of Chicago. I would go on to launch a women's website (Her.meneutics) and become the magazine's youngest and first female managing editor.
Lest you think it's all been upward and onward, at age 27 I went through a major life event that seriously upset my identity and sense of purpose. So naturally, I decided to write a book about work, vocation, and identity, which came out in 2016 from Simon & Schuster / Howard Books. I speak regularly on work and vocation, writing, culture, and politics.
I have written for The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times and have commented on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, NPR, the Associated Press, Religion News Service, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and McClatchy Newspapers.
When I'm not doing all the things with the words, I enjoy spending time exploring Brooklyn, reading, running, karaoke, international travel, and acquiring books for Brazos Press.