Hi, I'm Monique!
In one short sentence, I'm a creative and freelance writer with a background in information science and skills in content creation.That said, these broad statements don’t exactly give the full picture of who I am. Feel free to browse my portfolio and learn more about me!Short on time? I've linked to a few of my favorite pieces and examples of my writing below for quick reference!
Professional Writing + Portfolio
I've written informational posts for my university library as their student assistant.I am also the creator and writer of Wish Upon a Spoon, a chronic illness blog highlighted by the Chronic Disease Coalition. I've previously contributed articles to a number of online sources and served as an editor for an online magazine.Learn more about my professional writing and read work in my portfolio.
Fatventure Mag Vol. 1 features my nonfiction piece Just Dance: How I Learned to Love my Tinker Bell Thighs. This piece examines my experience growing up as a fat competitive dancer. Fatventure Mag: Issue 1 is available in both print and digital. For a sample of this piece, please contact me.
I also had two poems published via Ruru Reads, an online poetry magazine no longer available that was dedicated to publishing works written by marginalized voices. For access to these poems, please contact me.Pendulum is a poem about wind and relationships.We Don't Talk About It is a poetic commentary centered around mental health, community, and the importance of discussion.
I've provided links to my available work below.You can view my contributions to a university library system's Digital Scholarship Committee and the Coretta Scott King Book Award blog on their respective pages. I've had my advocacy work with Wish Upon a Spoon highlighted by Chronic Disease Coalition.Due to changing online formats, you may also view many of my contributor pieces for online magazines via MuckRack.
Although I primarily write creative fiction and manga/manhua & animation analysis, my professional life is quite varied.I hold a BA in English, an MS in Library & Information Science, and an MA in English Literature. I'm also certified in Digital Curation & Data Management, Archival Management, Youth Services, and Storytelling.I currently work as a member of a university library's administrative team; however, I've been a librarian and was the volunteer coordinator for the library system during that time. I've written non-fiction and informational pieces for my university library's Digital Scholarship department. As an intern in a private university library's Special Collections department, I processed, rehoused, and created a finding aid for the archival materials of the Goodrich Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing collection.I've written and edited content for online magazines and ran an Instagram page with 900+ followers between 2017 and 2021 in a freelance capacity. Finally, I ran my own chronic illness blog, Wish Upon a Spoon, where I wrote about my personal experiences and advocated for those with invisible illnesses.In my off time, I enjoy reading books and manga, as well as drinking large mugs of warm tea or coffee.