Hello, I’m Lara Southgate. I’m a writer and editor with experience working in multiple genres, styles, and environments. I currently work for Pharos Group, Inc. as the senior technical writer for a team of contractors supporting the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate Office of Strategic Planning and Communication (CG-925), which involves planning, coordinating, and editing material and updates for the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate website.
In May 2013, I graduated with my M.A. in English from the University of Delaware. While the master’s program at UD was a generalist one–we don’t declare a specific concentration–my main field is early 20th century American literature. I received my B.A. in English (with a minor in political science) from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in May 2011. In both my graduate and undergraduate education, I have made an effort to balance my studies between rhetoric/composition classes and literature classes. I have worked at the writing centers at both St. Mary’s and at the University of Delaware, and I currently teach English 110, the required introductory-level writing course for all UD students.
I also have some experience in journalism; I have written articles and conducted audio and video interviews for Running Maryland, published an article in U.S. News & World Report, and served as editor-in-chief, among other positions, for The Point News, my college newspaper.
My creative writing has been published in the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle. I also had my book review of Recovering Disability in Early Modern England (eds. Allison Hobgood and David Houston Wood) published in the Spring 2014 edition of Disability Studies Quarterly.
In my spare time, I enjoy long-distance running. This past April, I placed first in my age group (F25-29) in the Frederick half-marathon.