My love of storytelling began in my childhood as a means of coping with heartbreaking losses and turmoil. An army brat whose father had disappeared, my family and I moved all over the country. With every move came another loss—friends, family, community, identity. Story became a place where I found myself—first in the fictions I read which kept me company and later in the yarns I spun from my own stranger-than-fiction adventures.
Storytelling is powerful magic. It connects, heals, unifies, and disrupts. Story has the ability to motivate, empower, inform and transform. A deftly woven story make us feel the poignancy of our individual lives, while at the same time affirming our shared humanity.
Storytelling is an alchemical process of transforming darkness into light, and ignorance into love. Improvisation is the breath that gives stories wings.
I've been many things in my past lives: graphic designer, publishing professional, gogo dancer, bike messenger, marketing magician, author, meditation instructor.
In addition to working the mic, I’ve also worked behind the scenes, starting as a theater technician on off-Broadway productions in New York. Upon moving from New York to San Francisco to pursue a career in publishing, I began co-producing a multi-disciplinary artist’s salon, featuring work from emerging artists as well as some of the Bay Area’s most prolific performers and visual artists.
My life experiences inform my work, both as a writer, a storyteller and as a performer. My work frequently explores dark subjects, but from the perspective that (often) the only way out is through. A good sense of humor is a highly underrated survival skill, and no matter how dark the moment or experience, there's *always* something funny if you look through the lens of laughter.
To keep the lights on (and keep my cat well-fed with our favorite snacks), I founded Allied Independent—a creative services agency which offers content strategy and branding consulting to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
When I’m not working I can be found exploring the trails of the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, road-tripping with my mountain bikes, hanging out with my furry BFF, Mingus, and working on feminist and social justice issues.
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MY NAME IS MINGUS AND I AM A CHEESY-PUFF-AHOLIC.