Hi, I'm Dorothy.
I'm a writer and editor based in Detroit.
As a third-grade spelling nerd, I took pride in writing sentences to go with the vocabulary words of the week. As a naturally nosy kid, I would write about what I saw around me. On one of my tests, my teacher wrote, "Dorothy, you are a great writer. You should be a journalist." She didn't say screenwriter, novelist, or poet; she wrote journalist. I didn't even know what that was at the time, but ever since that comment written at the top of my spelling test, I have called myself a journalist.
I’m a marketing and communications manager for a nonprofit by day and food entrepreneur and freelancer for hire by night. When I am not writing stories or deleting dangling modifiers, you can usually find me in a kitchen working on recipes or doing pop-up dinners as the co-owner of Sarap, a Filipino pop-up restaurant. My love of food goes way back to learning how to cook with my mom, rolling out lumpia and filling empanada shells, and then later when I joined AmeriCorps. For three years I worked as a nutrition educator and this experience helped shape my expertise of food, especially in terms of urban agriculture, access and culture. Today I find every chance I get to combine my two passions: food and journalism.
I have more than 10 years’ experience writing and editing for digital and print, including The Detroit News, Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, Neighborhood SEEN, NPR's The Salt, Civil Eats, and Midwest Living, among others.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. Feel free to contact me about freelance opportunities, grammar (no, really, I like to talk about grammar) or food (in case you haven’t noticed, I like food. A lot!).