I was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After a brief stint at Emory University, I transferred to the University of Michigan and graduated with a B.A. with Honors in Creative Writing and Literature in 1999. The next two years were spent traveling around the world and working a lot of jobs that didn’t necessarily require a college degree, and in 2001 I moved to Boston and enrolled in Emerson College’s publishing program. Two years later, armed with both an impressively useless master’s degree and a desire to pay even higher rent, I moved to New York City on a whim and spent eighteen months working as a freelance writer; editing a military magazine from a tiny office aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid; and editing movie and product reviews for a start-up adults-only website that paid in porn.
One slightly less spontaneous move to Washington, D.C. and several editorial jobs later, I began working on the hotline of the National Abortion Federation. Because I’ve always been interested in reproductive health issues, I thought that I knew a fair amount about abortion access before I started at NAF – but every day, I learned something new about the extent to which restrictions to this legal health service were affecting women and families all across the country. I was outraged on a regular basis, but didn’t know where to direct my feelings, until I read an article by Michael Winerip in the New York Times. In “Where to Pass the Torch?” Winerip spoke with clinic directors and providers that were nearing retirement age, and also discussed what their retirement could mean for the future of the pro-choice movement. Inspired both by Winerip’s article and the amazing activists I worked with, I decided to write Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement.
My writing has been published in On The Issues, Lilith, Feminists For Choice, and RH Reality Check, and noted by Jezebel, Feministing, and the National Partnership for Women and Families. I’ve also been identified as a leading pro-choice activist by Newsweek, which was pretty dang cool, as was taking part in an email roundtable article for the magazine.
Generation Roe is my first book.
Notes from a Pro-Choice Pregnancy – Feminists for Choice
Dr. Willie Parker Explains Why Abortion is Basic Health Care – Feminists for Choice
Abortion in Literature – Words of Choice
How Anti-Abortion Protesters Got Me: Letter From a Young Activist – On the Issues Magazine