About Kendra 

I am a WRITER/EDITOR - My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Slate, McSweeney's, and more. I gravitate toward human interest and memoir writing. I am interested in freelance reporting and essay writing opportunities.

I am also a CALLIGRAPHER - I have always loved handlettering, the meditation of the process and the beauty of the product. The cliche of Catholic school penmanship is true in my case.


I attended Allegheny College where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political journalism. I earned my M.L.A. in extension studies with a concentration in journalism from Harvard University. Whether full-time or on a contract basis, writing will always be at the cornerstone of my profession.

Journalism engages my technical side, whereas handlettering allows me to use my hands more freely.


21 for Nothing:

1. When I was in the second grade, I drew a picture of my dream adult life in which I was as a single woman who traveled a lot. I was also very tall with long hair. That was my first work of prophetic fiction.

2. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Diehl, was the greatest champion of my writing; I think teaching third grade is one of the highest vocations.

3. I got my first e-mail address when I went to college.

4. I am a yogi with ADD, so slow-moving classes are a special hell for me.

5. My kids troll me regularly, especially about how I loved to read biographies as a kid.

6. Celebrity crush: Ira Glass (that nerdy voice!)

7. First CD I ever bought: Counting Crows "August and Everything After"

8. I brake for stationery shops.

9. I am always overwhelmed by brunch menus, especially by the decision to go sweet or savory or both.

10. The Friendly's Reese's Cup Sundae is still as good as I remember.

11. I have been on one cruise and I hope to never cruise again, unless it is a Disney cruise, which is arguably the most Stuff White People Like thing I've ever written.

12. I do not like comedies whose thrust is to make me painfully uncomfortable.

13. I speak Spanish fairly competently.

14. Gluten and I have a fraught relationship.

15. I had braces twice.

16. I babysat many, many children during my adolescence and it's been such fun for me to see them all grow up to become outstanding adults.

17. I was a faithful diarist all through high school, which is one of the best gifts an adolescent person can give to one's adult self.

18. My sister, my son, and I all have hyperventilative, cry-laughs.

19. I love poetry and especially try to support women poets whenever possible.

20. I married very well and cannot be persuaded otherwise.

21. I collect capes, bottle caps, hats, and art supplies.


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