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About Em

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I'm a freelance writer and editor living in Madison, WI. I started writing and editing as a youth and honed my skills while earning my Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature/Letters from the University of Iowa's top tier English and creative writing program. I took classes in everything from Poetry and Nonfiction to Creative Writing for the Musician. I was a sought after editor, providing feedback and edits on fellow writers' work. My own thesis combined my loves of language, history, and Latin America, titled "Tell Me a Story, A Story of Slavery: Confronting the Legacies of Plantation Slavery in Fiction by Toni Morrison, Isabel Allende, and Ana Maria Machado," 2015. I graduated with Honors in English.


Currently I am the editor at The Layered Onion, where we celebrate and promote artists with lived mental and emotional health experience with a goal of reducing the stigma associated with mental health around the world. I curate content for the blog and publish interviews with artists to spotlight them and their overall works.


I also work as a project management consultant for clients. I have 7 years of experience working in project management and implementation with a strong proven track record of on time and on budget projects, managing complex Electronic Health Record implementations across multi-hospital systems across the United States. I am a big picture thinker, creative problem solver and innovator. I've created new processes and established sustainable frameworks that have changed the way a large company does business. Strong public speaker and demoer.

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