I began my career as a journalist in New York City.

In 1998, after graduating from Barnard College, I became a staff reporter at the Forward newspaper. I went on to freelance for major national and local publications, including Elle, New York magazine, and ARTnews, where I was a regular contributor for more than a decade.

After 13 years in New York City, I moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to become the Forward's West Coast correspondent. Since leaving full-time journalism to complete my first novel, I have taught writing workshops in Berkeley, Calif., written about cannabis for national publications, and edited novels, memoirs, and essay collections.

I earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and have been awarded residencies for fiction at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. I also produced the award-winning documentary “Alice Neel,” about the late figurative painter.

I am currently based in Southern California, and when I’m not editing a manuscript, working on my novel, or coaching a client, I can be found hiking, practicing yoga, and exploring the West Coast.