Overprotective Dog Mom.
My first writing and editing job was as the editor-in-chief of Eye on Brown. I was 12 and don't remember much about that time except that my editor's columns were too long and I had a sudden love of sweater vests.
Twenty years later, I'm just starting to feel comfortable claiming my identity as a writer. I spent a lot of time thinking I couldn't call myself a writer (or editor) if I hadn't reached all of my professional writing goals and didn't fit into my self-imposed constructs of everything a writer needed to be.
I'm slowly letting go of my tendency to obsess about what I haven't done and celebrating everything that I have accomplished.
I've managed communications for an erotic romance publishing company that gave people (mostly women) a place to publish erotic romance before it was widely accepted by traditional publishers. I've worked at two progressive religious headquarters. One of my viral marketing campaigns has popped up everywhere from church buildings to a book by Senator Elizabeth Warren. I've been interviewed about speaking out for racial justice, and I've edited a book of devotions for social justice advocates.
I'm currently the Communications Director for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism and a Senior Partner at Still Harbor, an organization that trains spiritual directors and spiritually grounded facilitators.
I think sweater-vest Marchaé would be proud.
I guess that's my way of saying hi. I'm Marchaé. I'm a writer, editor, spiritual director, and facilitator.
Nice to meet you.