I was born in Pasadena, CA, which anyone will tell you is a very safe place to live, but in between the time I was born and where I am now, I’ve had two concussions, cracked my front tooth, split open my lip, been stung by a stingray, and broken my arm (all the way up to my shoulder). When the cast came off I had a scar on my elbow in the shape of a nipple. I have a scar on my chin where I cut it wide open falling out of bed. I have scars on my knees from playing little league as a little girl and then softball as a Panda at an all-girls high school in L.A. During one practice I blacked out and fell on my face in center field and got a scab on my upper lip in the exact shape of Hitler’s mustache. Luckily, it didn’t leave a mark.
I went to Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe), where I played cricket recreationally and didn’t get hurt once. I got a B.A. in creative writing and studio art and then an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
I live in Brooklyn and work as a writer and editor, a job you’d think is pretty safe, but in the past few years I’ve been thrown from my bike twice and undergone minor toe surgery. Keep your fingers crossed for me.