Day in, day out.
My days are jam-packed, but I'm doing things that challenge me and keep me learning. Most recently, I've been employed as a healthcare content creator/editor, content strategist, and food and travel writer.
P u b l i c a t i o n s
From history, travel, and food, to healthcare, poverty, and small business, I've covered dozens of topics in hundreds of articles during my career, everything from business owner profiles to feature stories about poverty in the transgender community. I’ve been hustling, day in and day out, for a lot of years now. It’s been a really fun ride.
USA Today Experience Travel is a collection of expert travel planning tools, videos, photos, and “best-of” recommendations around top travel destinations and themes. As a regular contributor to USA Today Experience Food and Wine and a contributor to USA Today Experience Weekend, I cover weekend trips, food and drink trends, and round-ups of iconic dishes and beverages around the world.
Taste of Country is the leading site for country music fans, delivering news, exclusive interviews, photo galleries, music videos, new song features and more. As a blogger for Taste of Country, I covered country music news, songwriter features, and awards shows.
Since 1984 (fun fact: the same year I was born), American Songwriter has been covering all styles of music and the craft of creating songs. I contribute feature stories and album reviews to AmericanSongwriter.com on a pitch-by-pitch basis. Check out my favorites, including one that was inspired by the 10 days I spent on tour with two working musicians.
Nashville Lifestyles reaches affluent residents in Middle Tennessee. The magazine and website strive to cover the latest in restaurants, bars, music, fashion, and arts in Nashville. I no longer contribute to Nashville Lifestyles (I always preferred writing for the city’s homeless newspaper), but I had the opportunity to contribute some fun stories while I was there.
Bearings is a bi-weekly guide and store that connects men to the best in food, drink, attire, travel, music, and home.
American Spirit is an award-winning history magazine sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The bi-monthly magazine covers Colonial history-related topics including historic homes, preservation, genealogy, history news, travel opportunities, patriotism, and more.
By the Byline
Looking for someone to tell your story? I’m currently accepting assignments from editors at print magazines and websites that focus on food and beverage, travel, and wellness.
Travel Exploring the undiscovered—near and far.
These days, Nashville feels just a tiny bit too big for its britches. Every week a new restaurant opens with “rustic chic” decor or “a 1950s Palm Springs vibe” or “an award-winning chef at the helm.” Old homes with promise are being torn down so developers can build brand new spaces–oftentimes two or three houses to a single lot. The church across the street from our house went under.
Let me repeat that: The church went under. Unable to hang on to the building (thank you, skyrocketing property taxes), the congregation adopted to move, leaving a large, empty building on the corner of Riverside and Porter Road, just waiting for a developer to strike it big on the future commercial space.
All of the building and noise has left me reeling. Is this where we want to live is the sentiment that seems to drive every conversation I have between friends and colleagues and–most importantly–Daniel.
This overwhelming feeling of change in my life that I don’t really want (and the noise, noise, noise) is what drove Daniel and I into the woods on Fourth of July weekend with our good friend, Adam, and our now 50-pound puppy, Rust, along for the ride. I needed to get out.
And so we did. Off to Big South Fork River on Independence Day, we found a good trail and ended up hiking four miles or so to the most picturesque campsite I could imagine. A sandy shoreline on the river near a rocky section of the stream, enough trees for shade, a few logs for seating, and the perfect flat space to build a fire.
Our evening was perfect. My Dan fished off of the riverbank and caught a few trout for dinner. Adam and I hung out, started a fire, and enjoyed some moments of peace and quiet. As it grew dark, we worked together to create a fantastic meal: trout with lemon juice, lentil stew over couscous, and a little red wine (worth the extra pack weight). Everything tastes better outside. That is a cliche because it is true.
After dinner, we retreated to our tents, and I laid next to my husband and our dog, staring at the stars for a long time. Back in Nashville, my friends were drinking beers and watching fireworks. Half-constructed condo buildings and giant houses loomed in every neighborhood. And I felt utterly thankful to have a break from all of that noise.
Now, sleep didn’t come easy. I’m pretty sure all of us woke up every 15 minutes worrying about bears. Rust stirred every time he heard a breeze or a crack in the woods. By sunrise, we were all wide awake, waiting for the others to stir and put the coffee on. Eventually, Daniel bit the bullet and climbed out of his sleeping bag into the 50-degree morning. We made a few cups of coffee and some oatmeal and chatted by the fire for about an hour until it felt like time to pack up. Nobody wanted to be hiking in the heat of the afternoon, so we got back on the trail around 10 for the 3-hour hike back to the car.
The funny thing about this trip was that, on the surface, it shouldn’t be special. We hiked into the woods and spent the night there. Then we left. But to me, it was a huge deal. I’ve never thought of myself as “outdoorsy” because I don’t have the right gear or the right language or the right skills. But I just love being in the woods, and this trip allowed me to be in the outdoors without feeling self-conscious about it. At the risk of sounding ridiculous, I can sum up my first backpacking trip with what I said to my husband when we got home and showered:
“When I’m away from everything, in the middle of the woods without any cell phone service or expectations, I feel like I know who I am. I know who I want to be. That’s why I need to go back.”
Elli Perry steps up to the microphone at Bluebrick Recordings in Avon, N.Y. She thanks the small, packed room for their time and attention, gestures to Samantha Harlow, her touring partner who will be singing in a few minutes, and launches into her next song.
USA Today Travel
Hard cider is having a moment — but this isn’t its first. This spirit was around long before our forefathers pulled up their bootstraps and created a new nation. But for decades, many Americans have preferred beer. Thanks to cider’s resurgence, new producers are popping up all over the country — many of whom are dedicated to crafting artisan ciders based on Old World recipes. Check out our picks for domestic ciders that will make you rethink your beer fridge.
Just what the doctor ordered crafting accessible healthcare conversations between doctors and patients.
Music Rising stars and rock stars. Keeping the beat from the heart of music city.
I come from a long line of raconteurs; I like to think that storytelling is in my blood.
I spent my formative years sitting around kitchen tables, in rustbelt diners in Northeastern Ohio, and on front porches in the rain, always listening to family members, machinists, foremen and friends talk about where they’ve been. I learned at a young age that our stories bind us together, and that every movement — no matter how major or minuscule — starts with a story. Because, in the end, a well-told story changes lives — and that’s why I write.
Because stories about what others have done, or what they want to do, inspire movement. Your story can turn heads; it can put you on the map; it can attract a following. Every well-written magazine article, successful business deal, or a well-developed content strategy starts with a story of an individual, an institution, or an idea. All you have to do is find a way to tell it.
In my free time, I travel near and far, cook healthy meals, and work alongside my husband to make things grow in our yard. I am always reading two magazines and several books.