I fall head over heels for passion every time.
Talent piques my interest, but if you want to hook me, you have to be passionate about whatever it is that you do.
That’s the common theme in the hundreds of stories that I’ve written for local and national media. People who wake up well before the sun rises and do not rest until long after the day is done fascinate me, simple as that.
My portfolio includes extensive coverage of the performing arts in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as travel writing and biographical pieces galore. Whether the subject is a photographer wandering through faraway lands, a choreographer blending classical ballet with elements of stage drama and rock music, or a scholar sorting through medieval saint’s relics and sagas in Iceland, my goal is the same: dig deep down into the passion and tell the story I find there.
I’ve been a travel correspondent for 10Best, Go: The Magazine of AirTran, and Northstar Travel Media; written features, reviews, and profiles for Charleston City Paper, Charleston Magazine, Charleston Style & Design, Charlie Mag, Coastal Homes Southern Style, College of Charleston Magazine, Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina, Spartanburg Magazine, and served as contributor / contributing editor for Consumers Digest, The Meeting Professional, Pool & Billiard Magazine, and PopMatters. I’ve also published numerous essays, short fiction, and poems in literary journals such as Eureka Literary Magazine and All Hallows: Journal of the Ghost Story Society.
Cut Free (Charleston City Paper, Nov. 4, 2009) Before that day at the Coastal Carolina Fair, neither Sasha Azevedo, her parents, nor her doctor knew what was happening in those moments when the “bad feeling” would wash over her. [Read More]
The Dance Goes On (Charleston Style & Design, Summer 2009) It’s early in the morning and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band fills Charleston Ballet’s Black Box Theatre with an upbeat bluesy groove.
Great Things, Small Packages (Charleston Style & Design, Fall 2009) Among friends and family, Merrill Benfield is famous for giving particularly well thought-out gifts, be it a baroque black pearl necklace for his sister or a trip to The Hermitage Museum in Russia for his niece.
In the Land of Fire & Ice (Charleston Magazine, June 2006) Iceland is a rough-hewn place, cut from the earth into valleys, mountains, lava fields, and glaciers.