My writing

My books:
Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, is available at your local bookstores by giving them the ISBN 1694109410. It’s also available on:
Amazon: Paperback – $8.99 and Kindle – $2.99
Looking to order the book in bulk for your classroom, book club, library, or organization? Contact me directly for details and discounts at

For information on the book, please visit the book’s website.

Hope in Progress: 27 Entrepreneurs Who Inspired Me During the Great Recession is my free ebook that is a compilation of interviews I did with business leaders during the 2008-2010 recession. They include Alex Lee (OXO), Michael Dorf (City Winery), Jerri Chou (All Day Buffet), Scott Belsky (Behance—later acquired by Adobe), and Adam Rich (Thrillist).

My films:
Wrote, directed, edited, and voiced the short film Beyond Plastic
Associate Producer for PBS series Live at 9:30
Director of short film for the National STEM Video Game Challenge
Wrote, directed, and performed voiceover for healthcare product video

Playwright, director, producer of Sing After Storms

I Found My Voice While Fighting to Breathe (Pipeline Artists)
Impossibly Living in Possibility: Science and nature as mentors in challenging times (Natural History Magazine)
What is the moss of New York? (Medium curator-featured story in Cities, Outdoors, and Environment)
Making Mother Nature Our Muse (The Henry Ford Magazine cover story)
A Quiet War: Biomimicry in the Time of Coronavirus (The Biomimicry Institute)
This November, Our Planet Is On the Ballot (The Biomimicry Institute)
When It Comes to the Economy, Government, and Urban Development, Keep It Circular (The Biomimicry Institute)
Teaching Biomimicry for Beginners (The Biomimicry Institute)
Biomimicry Offers Us Help, Hope, and Healing As We Build Back Better (The Biomimicry Institute)
A Game Plan to Help You Solve Global Problems (The Biomimicry Institute)
The Green New Deal and Finding Hope through Biomimicry (Part 1) (The Biomimicry Institute)
Going Blue: Transforming the Oceans’ Vicious Cycle into a Virtuous One with Biomimicry (Part 2) (The Biomimicry Institute)
In Times of Scarcity, Be an Emperor Penguin
What An Organization Can Learn from Honey Bees About Organizational Efficiency
Health pieces for The Washington Post:
The gift of a stroke
At Sentara, people are the priority
Stemless shoulder replacement gives renewed hope to active people managing arthritis
Metabolic surgery paves the way to health and happiness for a mother of five
Sentara’s Innovative Cancer Treatment Saves Weeks of Treatment Time
The Sentara Stroke Team Generates a Miracle Recovery
Sentara’s new surgery center elevates patient care to new heights
A Woman’s Heart Matters
Prince George’s Hospital Center is here for your heart’s health
Treehouse Eyes is innovating eye care for children
A Backstage View of Weight Loss Surgery at Sentara

Culture and Society:
The Great Reframe—How to Survive and Thrive Through Any Difficulty (Pipeline Artists)
When I step outside my door (feature on PBS American Portrait)
I’m just happy to be here—remembering the day I almost wasn’t (Medium curator-featured story in Mental Health)
Change by Design—Remembering C.T. Vivian and John Lewis (Medium curator-featured story in Race and Equality)
The Celtic Diaspora (Inside History magazine feature)
If Organized Crime Could Make It In New York…It Could Make It Anywhere (Inside History magazine feature)
Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and their Daring Adventures From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize (SimplyCharly)
The Sharing Economy (Magazine Feature)
The Maker Movement (Magazine Feature)
Serial Addiction: Creators of This American Life Bring New Life to Radio Drama (Magazine Feature)
Belize Gets the Hollywood Treatment: Leonardo DiCaprio Wants More Than an Oscar. He Wants to Save the World. (Magazine Feature)
Ten Years In, YouTube is Still Going Strong (Magazine Feature)
Phineas’s adoption story
9 Techniques That Can Help You Conquer Any Fear
How to Stop Being Afraid and Live Your Dreams

The Economic Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal (also syndicated by AOL DailyFinance)
How to Make a Viral Video: Dove Beauty Sketches
Personal Finance Lessons from the Yoga Mat

Through a Teacher’s Eyes: What New York City schools will be like with the hybrid model and why they deserve a better solution (Medium curator-featured story in Education)
Redesign New York City schools with teachers at the table (Medium curator-featured story in Education)
Washington Post Magazine Special Section – When a School Becomes a Community: Lessons on Mindfulness, Compassion, and Building a Better World
Weekly Trend: Startups Using Curation to Transform Education
STEM Challenge: Seeking the Future
Build It and They Will Learn: How the Design of a School Impacts Learning
A Day at the Museum: The National STEM Video Game Challenge Launches with a Series of Workshops That Teach Kids to Make Video Games

Interviews about my work:
Interview on Megyn Kelly TODAY about my personal finance writing and professional experience in the psychology of retail store design.
How Humans Change podcast: How Christa Avampato Learned How to Thrive After Fire and Lightning
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo blog): What NaNoWriMo Gave Me as an Author and a Person
Author interview on Cheddar TV
Lit to Lens podcast feature
What’s Next videocast: Washington D.C. Innovation in Society
I talk about entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology startups in D.C.
American Public Media
I talk about my favorite Christmas song and the importance of gratitude
Lit to Lens podcast
I talk about my novel, Where the Light Enters, and YA literature
Wall Street Journal
Social media and the rise in popularity of economics blogs during the 2008 / 2009 recession
Huffington Post
Bringing Yoga to Public Libraries
New Learning Times
National STEM Video Game Challenge
Moving with Grace
Writing, Yoga, and the Creative Habit
The Digital Shift
STEM Video Game Challenge Encourages Librarians to Mentor Students
Creative Liberty

Part of the In the Studio… series. On the subject of creative habits and how to recharge our creative batteries when they’re running low


3 thoughts on “My writing

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