I’m a senior editor at Automattic. I currently work with a small team that runs two award-winning longform publications, Longreads and The Atavist Magazine.
I’m an editor at Longreads. My team reads and curates the best longform nonfiction on the web. I also edit and produce essays, narrative nonfiction, and in-depth journalism from writers and illustrators around the world, some of whom have won a Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award, or been notably mentioned in Best American Essays. Other writers have landed agents or book deals as a result of an essay we worked on together. Read more about this work in my Q&A at Famous Writing Routines.
Alongside my role at Longreads, for over a decade I’ve worked as a story wrangler across Automattic. I’ve worked on many projects over the years: finding and telling customer stories, developing writing and photography courses, managing company blogs and social channels, and crafting copy for our products and apps, notably WordPress.com.
I was born and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula. I’ve traveled widely—more frequently in the Before Times—often with a camera in hand. My husband, young daughter, and I currently live in the East Bay.
Select essays and writing
- One Landscape Does Not Fit All, 2015. On the process of finding a plot of land for our tiny house on wheels.
- That Thing I Wrote That Wasn’t True: On Facts, Memoir & John D’Agata, 2012. On essayist John D’Agata and handling facts while writing memoir.
- The End of An Era, the Beginning of the Future (and the Long Moment in Between), 2011. On the unique friendships made during the underground warehouse rave scene in the mid-1990s.
- 26 Hours: The Magical State of Writing, 2013. On writing when the universe allows, even — or especially — at five in the morning.
- On (Un)organized Consumption, 2013. On productivity, information overload, and the labyrinthine-ness of the web.
- Cycle, 2016. On the cycles of subculture — and the dance underground.
- Notes on Home, Life, and Love, 2012. On wondering what home is, even after settling into my very own physical space.
- Online Mourning and the Unexpected Refuge of Facebook, 2012. On remembering a dear friend and navigating Facebook, two weeks after his death.
- On Writing (and Evolving) Online, 2013. On contemplating where, online, my writing lives.
- This Is Not a ‘Travel Blog’ (But It Is a Travel Blog), 2014. On thinking about physical places — cities, countries — as blank canvases for the mind.
- On Everything and Nothing & Reading and Not Writing, 2012. On dealing with information overload and the Twitter stream.