"With the fingers of the potter; And the laughing tale of the fool
The arranger of disorder; With your strange and simple rules"
-- Suzanne Vega
I'm a writer, storyteller & organizer who works in higher education. I write about difficult things.
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I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and currently live in Lancaster County, PA with my husband and our two children. My seventeen years outside of the Keystone state took me to Fairfax, VA; New York City; College Park, MD and Los Angeles, CA.
I am a graduate of The Ellis School for Girls and have studied writing at Long Lake Camp for the Arts, the (now, sadly defunct) Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Mercyhurst College (where I later served as the Assistant Resident Director), and George Mason University where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in English/Writing with a minor in Art History. I have a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College - City University of New York.
My poems have been published in Loyalhanna Review and Crossing Limits: African Americans and American Jews. I have blogged for AllTheWayYA and The Next Family. Recently I've had pieces in The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and TeenVogue.
All I have ever wanted to do is write, but I have done a number of other things in the service of feeding, clothing and sheltering myself and my family. My favorite job was scooping ice cream when I was 16 years old.
I can't spell, sing or dance. I love Facebook and know how to cut an apple perfectly -- all my friends say that's my best quality.
I can be reached via email at JamieBethC139 (at) gmail (dot) com.