My project, Prose & Wine, explores the connection of wine to everyday life by sharing short, authentic stories that reflect and influence personal identity and experiences. While the primary focus incorporates specific wines and regions of origin, my writing also includes essays where wine is more nuanced yet retains a place of importance in the story. The idea was conceived while I was wine columnist for The Heart of Hillsborough magazine, where my monthly feature focused on similar themes set against the backdrop of the small historic town of Hillsborough, North Carolina. The project is also built upon my passion for how a wine’s story is a powerful catalyst for greater human understanding, my very first lesson in wine learned while studying abroad in college.
Prior to pursuing wine journalism, a successful, two-decade long career in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector enabled me to hone my unique writing style while building a diversified publications portfolio. During that period, my work appeared in the Journal of Refugee Studies (Oxford University Press), Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (Johns Hopkins University Press), Studies in Contemporary History and Security Policy (Peter Lang Publishing), Adoption Today (Fostering Media Connections), Philanthropy Journal (North Carolina State University), New Issues in Refugee Research (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), and the anthology, Forced Migration and Global Processes (Lexington Books). Additionally, I co-authored and contributed to a variety of economic and social research reports published by the Milken Institute and United Way.