About Me

I’m  a writer, translator, teacher and editor based in Cologne, Germany. Working explicitly in English, I often switch hats, working as an essayist and journalist as well as creating content for corporate communications divisions and storytelling campaigns. I’m also happy to pass on my knowledge of media literacy, rhetoric and American culture via lectures and public speaking events.

Writing

I got my MFA in creative writing from Penn State University and was awarded a Fulbright grant to do research for a novel in Germany in 2005. Since then, I have written on culture and lifestyle topics from around Europe for a number of websites and magazines, like Catapult, Yoga Journal, Sleek, Elle.com, Fodor’s, E/The Environment Magazine. I am a contributing editor at Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, where I cover everything from literature, art, fashion and lifestyle topics to travel.

Fluent in German, I have worked as a stringer and contributed to reports in the Christian Science Monitor and have worked with journalists from North America by conducting interviews in German.

In 2016, I contributed a section on women’s rights in Germany to the non-profit book, Europa: An Illustrated Guide for Refugees. My chapter about the Moselle Valley and Trier appeared in the Frommer’s Guide to Germany. For Fodor’s Travel Guide to Germany 2016, I wrote about traveling through the Bavarian Alps, Romantic Road, Black Forest and along the Fairy Tale Road. The books included exclusive looks at Germany’s top hotels, unparalleled cuisine and the arts and culture offerings in cities around the country.

I have written copy and contributed to storytelling campaigns for a number of corporate clients, including adidas, Outokumpu, and DHL.

For a few additional samples of my texts, have a look at the clips section or drop me an e-mail.

Editing and Translating

Fluent in German, I specialize in editing and revising out Germanisms in translated documents, when not translating the documents myself. Previous clients have included Asienhaus Stiftung, Fresenius Hochschule, Bedford/St. Martin’s (now Macmillan), DHL, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

Teaching and Public Speaking

I’ve taught writing and North American culture at the University of Bonn, University of Cologne, the Cologne Business School and Fresenius School of Applied Sciences and offer private tutoring.

I’m always interested in new challenges, so if you have a project or idea in mind, get in touch and we’ll talk.