What if you had the chance to experience the hero’s journey?
As a storyteller, I’ve always been fascinated with the monomyth and the seemingly endless possibilities for its application. Through my scholarly research with the GVSU Library Summer Scholar’s Program, I had the opportunity to study the monomyth’s structure as well as examine many of the ways this framework is being applied to everyday situations. I built upon this knowledge through the McNair Scholars Program, researching the memetic evolution of fairy tales, their narrative structures, and their use in postmodern and current day examples of fairy tales.
Through my coursework I’ve taken that in many different avenues from visual art, creative writing, non-fiction writing, and presentations. I write a wide range of narratives, from creating content to tell the stories of local businesses to writing fairy tales to sharing personal childhood stories. This year I’ve written stories on topics ranging from loneliness in a big city, a classic fairy tale, the history of unicorns, the LOTR original artwork, the history of American Sign Language and the Deaf Community, website accessibility and the etymology of mermaids.
Above all, I am enamored with books; writing what will someday be a published novel, reading a range of genres, and collecting a vast number of science fiction and fantasy paperbacks. I spend most of my money in second-hand bookstores and far too much time digging through boxes and looking over shelves of thrift stores and garage sales.
As a recent Writing and English Literature at Grand Valley State University, I graduated with the distinction in writing and the undergraduate research/creative scholars distinction. As a student I participated in two summers of research, as a Library Summer Scholar and then as a McNair Scholar. I took my scholarly work to the community, working as an OURS ambassador and sharing my research journey with undergraduate students. My work as a McNair Scholar culminated in several academic conference presentations, as well as presentations for the West Michigan community with GVSU. My coursework built upon skills I developed in the professional sector, allowing me to round out my portfolio. I have experience with website design, layout and editing. My work at GVSU emphasized my ability to create attention-grabbing, informative narratives that can be shifted for a wide range of audiences and multiple platforms of production and dissemination.
I am a mother of two teenagers and an elderly cat.