I spend most of my life working on words: reading, writing, or advocating for literacy.
You can read some of my published work on this page. If I had to pick a few favorite honors, these would top the list: crafting my first poetry manuscript under Michael Meyerhofer, being accepted to the Yale Writer's Workshop and getting a chance to work with Tara Elan-McVoy, and my publication in 'Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry" as the representative poet for my county.
In addition to writing, I've spent my career figuring out how to get paid to love books. I have an undergraduate degree in school library media, which meant I spent my college years reading everything from Knuffle Bunny to Thirteen Reasons Why and calling it homework. I also did a stint in book retail, where I got to do things like stand on a stool with a loudspeaker and herd rabid teens into color-coded lines for the midnight release of Breaking Dawn.
Nowadays, I split my time between advocating for early childhood education, where (among other things) I administer a local network of Little Free Libraries. I also organize and advocate for better adult literacy opportunities in my community.
Get in touch at mlcoon86 [at] gmail [dot] com.