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Professional Summary:  Writer and editor who creates unique and engaging stories. Currently a full-time copywriter for Funko, LLC. Freelance proofreader for Flash Fiction Magazine and freelance concept editor for Running Wild Press, LLC. Volunteer columnist for The Daily Drunk, a pop-culture and humor literary magazine. Over 100 stories published in over 70 international literary magazines and anthologies online and in print. Former educator transitioning into a marketing/copywriting/publishing career after 20 years of teaching English composition and Spanish language and literature courses. Sundress Publications Best of the Net nominee 2022.

Skills Summary:

  • Copywriting

  • Creative Writing

  • Editing

  • Proofreading and Fact-Checking (MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, Turabian, AP)

  • Research

  • Microsoft Office, Teams, Zoom, Slack, Google Docs, Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Angel, Thinkific), and Jira.

  • Fluent in Spanish

  • Journalism/news writing/reporting/interviewing (Part-time reporter for a local newspaper for two years while attending college)

  • Teaching  creative writing, English composition/literature, and all levels of Spanish for majors and minors

Education:

Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Spanish Literature/Literary Criticism.

M.A.  The Ohio State University, Hispanic Literature/Literary Criticism.

B.A.   Ohio Wesleyan University, English. Spanish. Journalism (Minor). 

Work Experience:

Copywriter, Funko, LLC (Nov. 2021-Present).

  • Create copy for advertising campaigns (website, social media, email, SMS, paid copy for new/returning customers).

  • Write blog posts that will engage with customers and link them directly to products.

  • Write product descriptions for both Loungefly and Funko.com products (vinyl figures, apparel, backpacks, handbags, wallets, pins, and other accessories).

  • Create video description copy for YouTube videos.

  • Create narratives and bios for original Funko characters.

  • Proofread packaging materials and product descriptions.

  • Apply best practices for using SEO.

  • Create copy that adheres to licensing and brand guidelines for Funko and all the licenses we serve, including Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, DC, DreamWorks, Disney-Pixar, and more.

Paper/Rock Writing Consultation, Sole Proprietor (2018-Present).

  • Develop and conduct writing workshops.

  • Edit and proofread stories for Flash Fiction Magazine (Editor (2020-Nov. 2021) and Proofreader (2020-Present)).

  • Edit for Running Wild Press (Concept Editor).

  • Create personalized, interactive lessons for writers.

  • Review/edit manuscripts for novels, novellas, and memoirs.

  • Edit accreditation reports for educational institutions.

  • Write assessments and content for online courses in composition.

  • Translate English educational materials into Spanish.

Lead Writing Tutor, Pearson Publishing (Smarthinking) (Lead Tutor 2018-Nov. 2021) (Writing Tutor: 2016-2018).

  • Trained and mentored new tutors.

  • Updated the Writer’s Handbook to reflect Pearson’s efforts to support diversity and inclusion.

  • Guided students as they wrote persuasive, argumentative, narrative, and analytical essays for various fields including technology, medicine, science, education, business, and the arts.

  • Instructed students on rhetorical elements (pathos/ethos/logos) for analyzing advertisements or other persuasive texts.

  • Identified inconsistencies in content and grammar and explained how to fix them.

Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio. (Associate Professor of English and Spanish, 2011-2016; Assistant Prof. 2007-2011; Instructor 2005-2007).

  • Wrote, edited, and managed course content in English and Spanish using Angel and Blackboard LMSs, Go-To-Meeting, YouTube, Audacity, Microsoft Office, Presentation Recorder, QuickTime, and PowerPoint.

  • Taught several English Comp 1 and 2 courses, all levels of Spanish, Regional Studies of Latin America, and British Literature to 1800 in online, hybrid, and in-person formats each semester (5-7 courses per semester).

  • Led the Clark State Curriculum Committee team in revising and editing its charter.

  • Chaired the Clark State Curriculum Committee, which involved a thorough grammar and content review of  syllabi for all technical and associate degree programs.

  • Wrote and edited the curriculum for Clark State’s Spanish program, which the State of Ohio approved.

  • Reviewed content for all Ohio, college-level Spanish syllabi as a Transfer Agreement Panelist for the State of Ohio’s Department of Higher Education.

  • Observed local high school Spanish teachers for Ohio's version of the Running Start program to ensure college-level compliance.

  • Created course content that would help maintain student interest, retain students, and guide their success. 

Previous Teaching Experiences:

  • Adjunct Faculty in Spanish and Regional Studies of Latin America, Clark State Community College; Adjunct Faculty in Developmental English and Spanish, Urbana University, Urbana, Ohio; Visiting Lecturer in Spanish, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio; Senior Lecturer, The Ohio State University Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Columbus, Ohio; Teaching Assistant in Spanish, The Ohio State University.

Editing and Writing Service:

  • Reader for Flash Fiction Magazine (Since Sept. 2020).

  • Columnist for The Daily Drunk literary magazine (Since Sept. 2020).

  • Summer Reader/Reviewer for Headway Quarterly (August 2020-October 1, 2020).

  • Inaugural Editor for the Journal of Virtual Exchange (July 2016-January 2020).

  • Volunteer Blogger for the Safe Crossings Foundation in Seattle (2017-2018).

 

Writing, Language, and Literature Conference Presenter (2002-2016):

  • Selected to present conference papers on various language, literature, and pedagogical topics in English and Spanish for the following organizations:  the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Modern Languages Association (MLA), Central States Teachers of Foreign Languages, the Ohio College English Association, the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater, and the University of Cincinnati Romance Languages and Literatures Department

Associations:

  • Horror Writers Association, Affiliate Member (2021-Present).

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction directory (2021-Present).

Awards:

  • "Glass" selected by Potato Soup Journal as one of the "Best of 2022" story submissions.

  • Best of the Net Nominee, 2022, by Fiery Scribe Review for "The Manuscript Room."

  • Don't Break the Oath: Women of Horror Anthology Vol. 4 (editors, Jill Girardi and Janine Pipe), placed on the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards Reading List. Story of mine ("Soul Grinder") is in this anthology.

  • "Double the Sugar" selected by Potato Soup Journal as one of the "Best of 2020" story submissions.

  • Headway Quarterly Annual Writing Contest Winner (2018): "The Fish in the Bowl Grows a Bubble."

  • Clark County, Ohio Proclamation for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education’s Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

  • Clark State Community College Faculty Professional Excellence Award.

  • University Press of the South’s Student Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Paper.

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