I grew up in the Midwest, but am a West Coaster at heart. I am a graduate of the University of Oregon Robert D. Clark Honors College with degrees in journalism and international studies. I'm passionate about international arts journalism and using writing and photography to tell the stories of creators around the world. I'm a freelance writer and photographer living in my home city of Chicago. In my free time, I play guitar, try to interpret vintage sewing patterns and explore Chicago.