Publications Coordinator & Copywriter at Affinity Health System
Publishing | Oshkosh, Wisconsin Area, US
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” ―Oscar Wilde
I’ve always had a thing for glossy covers, print & words. After studying, blogging & interning my way through my college years at the University of Minnesota, I moved back to Wisconsin in 2007 and was hired as the assistant editor at FOX CITIES Magazine a short time after. I do it all with spirit, while caffeinated, with few breaks. I’m always prepared to break it down, find new ground & run with it.
2011 - Present
Publications Coordinator & Copywriter / Affinity Health System
I editorially manage @Affinity magazine -- Affinity Health System's award-winning quarterly health and wellness publication. Its 24 pages come to life with compelling patient stories, informative bits, vivid photography and original illustrations (including the covers). My day-to-day responsibilities are far-reaching: consulting with physicians and other care providers, clinic managers, leadership and my marketing colleagues on health happenings; developing story ideas and content; interviewing and writing; managing a team of freelance writers, design agency, photographers, and print and fulfillment vendors; and overseeing distribution, which includes a mailing list of 125,000 homes in northeast Wisconsin and throughout three hospitals, 25 clinics and other facilities. When I'm not working on the magazine, I am tasked to brainstorm copy for internal and external marketing materials, from billboards to brochures, and copy edit other pieces.
PR Committee Volunteer / Harbor House
Associate Editor of Publications & Web / FOX CITIES Magazine
I managed the editorial content of FOX CITIES Magazine (which also includes the annual CITY & DINING guides, and the biannual ARTS GUIDE) in Northeast Wisconsin. I also directed all of the web content, including the events calendar, blog, contests & dining listings.
Co-wrote a regular column in a women's magazine called 'X vs. Y.'
Press Writer / London Chamber of Commerce
Press writer with the London Chamber of Commerce's business magazine, London Business Matters, in London, England. Also wrote and edited press releases/messages for Chamber members.
Performing arts coordinator / Minnesota Progams Activies Council
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
double major, English and journalism
Center of Academic Programs Abroad (CAPA)
English, History, Broadcast Communications, Journalism
Activities: Worked for the London Chamber of Commerce's 'Business Matters' magazine. I was also enrolled in a class that required me to reflect on my work & study experience.
if nicole miller’s spring collection is any indication, mixed prints aren’t going anywhere, kids. and the ’80s are coming back—think splashes of neon detailing and malibu-barbie-ish color combinations. i’m not totally sure how i feel about that, but a few pieces definitely hit the mark…
if it does not feed the fire of your creativity, then leave it.
if people and things do not inspire your heart to dream, then leave them.
if you are not crazily in love and making a stupid fool of yourself, then step
closer to the edge of your heart and climb where you’re forbidden to go.
debts, accusations, assaults by enemies mean nothing,
go where the fire feeds you.
turn your attention to the magic of whores, grief, addicts, and drunks, until you stumble upon
that shining halo surrounding your heart that will allow you to violate every fear happily,
be where you’re not supposed to be,
the love of an angel who’s caught your blood on fire again, who’s gulped all of you in one breath
to mix in her soul, to explode your brooding
and again, your words rush from the stones
like a river coursing down from some motherly mountain source
and if your life doesn’t spill forth unabashedly, recklessly, randomly
rushing in wonder at life,
then change, leave, quit, silence the idle chatter and do aay with useless acquaintances
who have forgotten how to dream
bitch rudely in your dark mood at the mediocrity of scholars who meddle in whimsy for academic t rifles -
let you be their object of scorn,
let you be their object of mockery,
let you be their chilling symbol
of what they never had the courage to do, to complete, to follow,
let you be the flaming faith that makes them shield their eyes
as you burn from all sides
taking a harmless topic and making of it a burning galaxy
or shooting stars in the dark of their souls,
illuminating your sadness, your aching joy for life, your famished insistence for God and all that is creative
to attend you as a witness to your struggle,
let the useless banter and quick pleasures belong to others, the merchants, computer analysts,
and government workers;
you haven’t been afraid of rapture among thieves, bloody duels in drunken brawls,
denying yourself the essence of our soul work
as poems rusted while you scratched at your heart to see if it was diamond and not cheap pane glass
now, then, after returning from one more poet’s journey
in the heart of the bear, the teeth of the wolf, the legs of the wild horse,
sense what your experience tells you,
your ears ringing with deception and lies and foul tastes,
now that your memory is riddled with blank loss,
tyrants who wielded their boastful threats to the sleeping dogs and old trees in the yards,
now that you’ve returned from men and women who’ve abandoned their dreams and sit around
like corpses in the grave moldering with regret,
steady your heart now, my friend, with fortitude
long-lasting enduring hope, and hail the early dawn like a ship off coast that’s come for you,
spent and ragged and beggared,
if what you do and how you live does not feed the fire in your heart and blossom into poems,
leave, quit, do not turn back, move fast away from that which would mold your gift,
break it, disrepect it, kill it.
guard it, nurture it, take your full-flung honorable heart and plunge it into the fire
into the stars, into the trees, into the hearts of others
sorrow and love and restore the dream
by writing of it’s again-discovered wild beauty.
The September edition of METRO is out now, and includes rankings of the Twin Cities best neighborhoods, ranked with the help of Will Craig and Jeff Matson at the U’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
Pick up a copy to see how you’re living — and let us know what makes your neighborhood great.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.