I was born in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and grew up in Michigan. I earned master’s degrees from Northwestern University and Yale University, and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa and Michigan State University, where I graduated as a member of the Honors College. I also pursued graduate studies at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan and completed the Study Asia-Teach Asia Summer Program at Kalamazoo College. One summer, I studied organic chemistry at DePaul University and was the best student in the class. At these universities, I was an excellent student and became a member of many honor societies. When I am not creating art, I enjoy playing musical instruments, studying science and engineering, learning languages, and writing poetry. My poems have been published in the Seven Hills Review (twice), Panoply, the Ekphrastic Review Challenges, the Ekphrastic Marathon Anthology, and several anthologies published by the Moonstone Arts Center.