Irene made her way to Maine eight years ago by way of San Diego, New York, and New Mexico. She has written and edited for the likes of The Village Voice and the San Diego Union-Tribune, and currently pens profiles for Maine and Old Port magazines, as well as food pieces for the EatMaine blog. She studied journalism at San Diego State University and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University. A lover of powerful storytelling in written word, radio, and film, she has worked as festival coordinator for the Camden International Film Festival, and is excited to be part of the talented staff at Compass Light. Irene is a member of the Steel House in Rockland and is working on a web-based project about the experience of growing up as a twin. When not at her computer, she plays roller derby for the Rock Coast Rollers.