Writer, Editor, and Musician in Hamtramck, Michigan
I'm a writer, editor, musician and student at the University of Michigan, where I'm pursuing a degree in Comparative Literature and English while writing for The Michigan Daily, U of M's award-winning student newspaper, where I recently finished a year-long term as Co-Managing Arts Editor.
In my writing -- which includes bylines in the Daily and in Not Mad, an independent pop culture magazine -- I explore developing trends in the music industry, highlighting the political and philosophical issues undergirding the work of musicians in a wide range of styles, including hip hop, jazz, R&B and pop. I have also written a number of long form investigative features on local businesses in Ann Arbor and communities within the University of Michigan. Some of my favorite pieces, however, include the extensive interviews I have done with musicians, actors, visual artists, professors, entrepreneurs and authors in Ann Arbor and abroad.
As an editor, I strove to make use of the Daily's privileged position as the only provider of daily print arts content in Washtenaw County by encouraging writers to explore local arts scenes and develop working relationships with prominent artists in the community. I also worked to create a positive collaborative environment where young writers -- many of whom gain their first writing experience at the Daily -- could develop a strong authorial voice, learn to establish connections with sources, and develop the critical mindset necessary to make their mark in a highly competitive field filled with talented and intelligent journalists.
I'm also a student of foreign languages -- I speak Spanish, Italian and Portuguese -- and just returned from Santiago, Chile, where I spent five months taking classes in Chilean literature, Latin American literature, postmodernism and critical theory at the University of Chile and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.