Brighid Tomasik

An essayist and teacher with a penchant for the vulnerable and genuine.

Brighid Constable is probably binge-watching a 90s-based TV show streaming on Netflix as you read this. Over the past 10 years, this UA creative writing graduate has written for publications such as Hello Giggles, Arizona Foothills Magazine, Tucson Magazine, and has served as a managing and features editor of community newspapers and regional magazines based in Arizona. She now likes to call herself a “professional blogger,” but that’s just code for a corporate writer at an international health company where she interviews Olympic gold medalists and Other Important People (OIP). Either way, writing has and will always be her favorite.

WRITING EXPERIENCE

I'm not David Foster Wallace, but I did study creative writing at The University of Arizona like him... I graduated  from UA with my Bachelors in creative writing and minor in classics in 2007, and then completed my Masters in secondary English education from Arizona State Unversity in 2010. I've studied abroad in Cork, Ireland and researched the Irish language and literature at the University of College Cork.

After graduating UA at 22, I was hired as the youngest features editor of Arizona Foothills and Tucson Magazine.  After writing for those magazines, I transitioned to community newspaper working as publication and communication coordinators for The Moon Valley Tattler and Ranch News

In between my path in publication, I led the early education program at the City of Tempe while working on my graduate degree. After receiving my M.Ed in 2010, I moved to Seattle and taught there shortly before moving back to Phoenix serving as a middle school and high school English teacher at Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics. There, I taught grades 7 and 8, and then moved on to teach sophomore, junior, and senior English while simultaneously leading the Middle School Creative Writing Club and school yearbook club.

After teaching, I returned to publication at DC Ranch and helped plan events such as Run for Ryan House and Tour de Scottsdale. My main purpose in the team was to oversee the community newsletter and restructure social media, but I also created other print collateral such as mailers, web content, and annual reports within my team.

I transitioned into corporate communications composing articles for corporate magazines, blog posts for the corporate blog, and temporarily supervised social media during a period during a lull in that department. My main focus in corporate writing includes honing in on success stories such as athlete profiles, personal success profiles, weight-loss stories, and business profiles of Isagenix Associates.

Today, I am a part-time  humanities-based teacher at  a college preparatory in downtown Phoenix. I teach Cambridge Drama, Yearbook/Journalism, Media & Technology, Computer Science, and Capstone classes. I am also a part-time mom and spend mornings with my Pisces (that means intuitive and creative) baby girl Brynn. In my spare time, I write for myself, attempting to share the oftentimes inverted and weird, yet genuine stories with others. 

Hey, maybe I'll be a Frank McCourt someday. Yet a quirky, female American Frank McCourt who hopefully won't hog her sideways life stories until the tail end. 

Please email me if you have any questions.

Cheers, Brighid

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