Behind the Words
For six of my childhood years, I delivered newspapers to my neighbors. At the time, I didn't know that I'd one day be writing for them.
I guess you could say I technically got my start in entertainment journalism in sixth grade, while reviewing movies for my school newspaper. (I loved Shaq's genie movie "Kazaam"; luckily, our tastes evolve.) Printed on 8 1/2-by-11 paper, it was as legit as a sixth-grade school paper gets.
Years later, in 2006, I received my journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University. I returned to the university as a lecturer in fall 2015 to teach Feature Writing. As a student, I wrote for the Eastern Echo, the university paper, where I put my scoop-getting skills to work when I asked Vince Vaughn, “Are you and Jennifer Aniston romantically linked?” Even Vince, who told me I should be working for Hard Copy, knew I had a knack for journalism.
Since 2007, I've written weekly celebrity interviews and profiles for Q Syndicate, the wire service for LGBTQ regional press, where I serve as editor and writer. I've interviewed and written about major stars such as Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Cher and Britney Spears, and many others.
In 2015, I made Jane Fonda cry after asking a question she said was "so moving," my 2014 interview with Dolly Parton was featured among 25 interviews in the 2017 book, “Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton" and my sit-down in Chicago with Viola Davis was named one of GALECA’s (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Journalists) Best Celebrity Interviews of 2018.
In 2014, during an intimate sit-down with Elaine Stritch, one of her last, I received a compliment I'll never forget––Elaine Stritch not kicking me out of her house.
That afternoon, I was told by her caregiver that the ever-surly Stritch had been abruptly ending interviews. And just as the L.A. Times called, I told her I'd be on my way. “Don’t cut yourself short," she told me with a wink. "You can read me out. It’s all right, I’ll just be late for everybody else.”
Additionally, I have written personal essays, breaking entertainment news, lists and profile features for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQ, New York Magazine, Entertainment Tonight’s ETonline.com and Billboard. I've also written for a variety of other publications and outlets, including Logo's NewNewNext, cover stories for POZ magazine and Cancer Health, as well as stories for Challenges, the first news magazine in Haiti, where my work was translated into French. In addition to my writing, and after my Vanity Fair story on him was published, I was selected by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to do an on-stage interview with "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" creator John Cameron Mitchell in 2019 for the U-M's Penny Stamp Speaker Series.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to learn more about my work or have interest in working together.