Current Book Project

I'm currently working on a queer female millennial retelling of Henry David Thoreau's Walden. It’s a coming-of-age story that explores the limits of self-reliance and the privilege of unplugging.

Working blurb:  
Josephine “Jo” Stowe is at a post-college crossroads. She and her nagging boyfriend have finally split just as her best friend has moved abroad, and her stressful teaching job in Boston won’t cover rent, never mind her student loan debt. When her aunt leaves for a year-long sabbatical, Jo seizes the opportunity to house-sit in rural New Hampshire, quitting the city to unplug, be “wild and free,” and, above all else, prove her independence.   

But Jo’s simple life soon gets complicated when she meets her new neighbors – noisy nocturnal birds, rogue woodchucks, and Charlie – a young mother who Jo falls for despite all her plans for solitude. Through Charlie, Jo gets to know townspeople whose problems and perspectives force her to confront uncomfortable truths about herself and her tiny world. In order to face her adulthood, Jo must learn how to help and be helped, even when isolation seems like the easier option.

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The Beast in the Basement: And Other Rhymes

A CHAPBOOK

Do you like waffles and monsters and tea? 
Are you bored with your shopping and what's on TV? 
Do you like rhyming and rhythm of word?
Do you find yourself craving the strange and absurd? 
Are you a dreamer, a drifter, a friend?
Come take my hand then, and let us descend... 

The Beast in the Basement is a little collection of poetry featuring 18 rhymes to make you smile and think.

 

My Poetic Statement

I don't take my poetry too seriously. My poems are playful and provocative, and, borrowing from New England poetic traditions, they usually follow a metered rhyme. I love a good trochaic tetrameter. Someone at an open mic once called me a "millennial Mother Goose." I'm not sure if that's a compliment, but I'll take it. I was a runner up for the 2018 Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award and a participant in the 2018 VERSE/VISUAL exhibit in Ipswich, MA. I perform at open mics in Ipswich and Lawrence, MA. 

I love to remix classic New England poetry, and have written my own versions of poems by Bradstreet, Dickinson, Frost, Longfellow, Poe, and more. You might call it sacrilegious, but I call it gosh-darn fun! Here's an example... 

 

HOPE IS THE THING 

By Kendra Mack

Hope is the thing with feathers - 
And giant scaly wings  
With seven eyes and two black horns  
And other beastly things

Just when you think you've got it tamed
It bares its rows of teeth
Then puts its paws upon your chest
So hard you cannot breathe

And there it sits until at last
It takes off to the Sky  
That's when I turn my head, for I
Can't stand to see it fly.

"Hope" is the thing with feathers

By Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

 

By day, I'm a Marketing Content Manager at EBSCO Information Services, a digital content and technology provider to libraries. The photo above is of my office building on the Ipswich River ― pretty sweet! As part of my job, I write and edit copy for the company's websites. Here are a couple recent projects.

 
 
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EBSCO INFORMATION SERVICES (corporate website)

Moving a corporate website to a new platform is no small task. EBSCO had outgrown its CMS, and in the process of migrating to a new system, the site underwent a full redesign. I served as lead content strategist and writer for this project. 

  • Gathered content requirements and goals from stakeholders

  • Wrote original copy and approved with subject-matter experts

  • Developed sitemap and wireframes in collaboration with UX designers

  • Coordinated content requirements with graphic designers and developers

  • Entered content into Drupal CMS

 
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gobi library solutions from ebsco

GOBI is an online tool that academic libraries use to order and manage their books (e- and print). It has all sorts of awesome features for collection development, and this project was particularly fun because I got to learn all about how libraries acquire books. 

  • Wrote and edited copy in collaboration with GOBI marketing manager

  • Developed sitemap and wireframes in collaboration with UX designers

  • Coordinated content requirements with graphic designers and developers