The most valuable part of Pitt's MFA program was the feedback I received from my peers and from professor Jeanne Marie Laskas during creative nonfiction writing workshops. Through their criticism, questions, and support, I was able to take a kernel of an idea and over three years, develop it into a graduate manuscript, which later became the basis of my first book, Living Large: From SUVs to Double Ds---Why Going Bigger Isn't Going Better (St. Martin's Press). Without the space to write, the rigorous manuscript requirements, the encouragement and experience of Professor Laskas, or such an engaged audience of peers to help push me forward, I would probably still be watching TV and promising myself I'd start my book tomorrow.
Publications: Author of two nonfiction books and freelance writer who has been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, New York, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Wired, The Washington Post Magazine, Glamour, InStyle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, SELF, and Martha Stewart Living, among others.
Date of graduation: 2007