Hi! I’m Barbara Sueko (first name) McGuire (last name). I'm not too fancy, a serious creature of habit and an old lady at heart. I find great joy in the parts of life you probably don't pay attention to. I like crossing things off my many to-do lists, and pretending I'm pretending to be misanthropic. I also really like avocado toast and gummy bears, and the color gray.
Education-wise, I earned my undergraduate degree in mass communication studies and French from UCLA, and after working for four years as an editor and journalist, returned to school, this time to Sarah Lawrence College where I earned my MFA in creative nonfiction, with a focus on oral history. While in New York, I taught writing and oral history to high schoolers in need-based schools, as well as at Rikers Island Prison. It was there that I also discovered a love for waitressing, not joking.
I have since returned to the city of my birth and formative years, Los Angeles, where I continue to wait tables during the day, while freelancing in writing and editing in the free time having such a flexible schedule allows. I'm formerlythe features editor for two wonderful publications: BUNCH, of the most amazing little magazine that could, and Clementine Daily, an inspiring creative space for people in real life that has since blossomed into The Fold.
If you’d like me to write anything for you, or ask me a question, such as why I love waitressing, you're welcome to email me. Feel free to also send book recommendations and cute animal pics.
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