Hi, I’m Leah, and I’m a:
writer and editor, visual artist, and communications strategist
with a knack for heartfelt storytelling. I’m particularly passionate about
plant-based food and farming, sustainability, holistic wellness, psychology,
and the root causes of cultural trends.
I work with brands, entrepreneurs, and organizations to craft verbal and visual strategy that’s equally smart and sincere. In addition to copywriting projects, I regularly edit articles and newsletters for The Fold Magazine (previously Clementine Daily) and write for a range of online outlets like mindbodygreen, My Modern Met, Electrify Magazine, Design*Sponge, and Elephant Journal. I do custom commissioned illustrations, and my photography clients range from sweetgreen to Bitten to Girls Write Now. I’ve also styled photo shoots and events with Zio & Sons. (What I’m saying is, if it’s a form of storytelling, chances are that it’s in my wheelhouse.)
I tell my own stories, too, on the Core Stories blog and on Instagram, where my aim is to expose the timelessness in timely trends, the quiet solace in the hustle, and the magnificence in all of life’s mess. I design and sell greeting cards and prints based on the Core Stories themes. The Tasting Table says my stuff is “cheeky,” and the Caption Project says I “unite keen observations with great affection for the world.” I say humor and heart are equally important to the human experience.
When I’m not at my desk, surrounded by swirls of paper and pencils and shiny screens, I might be off on a long run or whirling around the kitchen, whipping up a mean plant-based feast. But I’m probably out in the dirt. I spent September 2016 through October 2017 traveling all over North America to apprentice on more than 10 different organic farms, studying both the practical, procedural aspects of small-scale farming and its associated psychological and cultural implications. I adore few things more than soft soil, fresh veggies, and plant-given lessons on growth (both literal and metaphorical), and I’m a passionate proponent of (and participant in) sustainable agriculture and the human culture that goes with it.
This commitment to honest food systems led me towards Masienda, the critically-acclaimed sourcers and purveyors of heirloom Mexican corn for chefs around the world. As a social media and communications consultant in the summer of 2017, I helped launch their three-ingredient, non-GMO, nixtamalized corn tortilla company called Masienda Bodega, and I developed a fanatic fascination in heirloom crops and Mexican farming practices in the process. That’s how I wound up living in Oaxaca, Mexico — a key cradle of plant domestication and the native homeland of corn, squash and other staple ingredients — where I spent six months collaborating with those in the agricultural and culinary realms to foster integrity, communication, and sacred heritage preservation within food systems. I’m now back in the U.S., spending a full season working on a beyond organic fruit and vegetable farm on the North Fork of Long Island, but I remain particularly interested in forging relationships between Mexican producers and U.S. consumers and in building bridges across borders by way of farming.
My prior background is in public relations, marketing, and corporate communications. I launched the viral #dailydoseofwhimsy Instagram campaign at Pink Olive and wrote the monthly “love letters” (like this one) for the store’s sister company called OliveBox, in addition to spearheading blogging, public relations, social media strategy, graphic design, and events. I created The Bromley Group’s TBG Tidbits blog and accompanying newsletter. You can learn more about my professional background here, or reach out to say hello.
Portrait by Drilon Dushi.