I’m Monica, a Detroit native, editor, educator, writer and expatriate in Asia.
I write, edit, and sometimes teach to pay the bills. My first byline was as a seventh-grader in the Detroit Free Press, which was delivered to our west-side home on Sunday. I noticed that there were few city kids like me writing for the youth page, so I decided to do something about that. After working on my high school paper, it was off to Temple University, where I focused on news-editorial journalism while interning at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Since then, I’ve worked as an editor, reporter, manager and even a designer at The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Detroit News, and other publications around the world. My freelance writing has been published in U.S. News & World Report, The Dallas Morning News, Matador Network, International Living, WSJ.com and others and my photography appears in the Pantsuit Nation book (May 2017). As we say in the news business, I’ve got ink in my blood.
Over the years on the desk, I made use of every bit of my two, three, and five weeks of vacation. Call me spoiled but it was never enough. I wanted to see and learn about the world. So I quit my job in Manhattan to travel the world full time. After years of fiddling with other people’s copy in the States, I’m fine-tuning English learners’ copy abroad, while penning a bit of my own.
In my free time, I attend graduate school at Arizona State University, camp out in the fiction section of the library, devour copious amounts of sweets, slay at Scrabble and trash-talk at the nearest bowling alley.