As any writer will tell you, there’s nothing more intimidating than a blank page. But in my experience, I find an exciting challenge to it that is unlike anything else. It’s nothing a little coffee can’t help, either.

Let me start filling this page: I am currently the senior editor of Hunker, a new architecture and design website that launched in February 2017. I created the editorial voice and style, as well as the modern aesthetic, and currently oversee about 20 writers. 

I’m also a regular contributor to South Bay Magazine, where I cover local happenings that have included inspiring businesses, personal triumphs, and celebrated figures. My work has appeared in Dwell Magazine, WestwaysWhere Los Angeles, Thrillist, and the Easy Reader, among other publications. I also edited the Reach Up blog during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

I grew up in Los Angeles and studied journalism at Chapman University. I was an intern at the Orange County Register before graduation, and my first post-grad job was on assignment in St. Lucia for TravelAge West Magazine (I know, I can’t believe it, either). After that experience, I worked for LivingSocial and often wrote for its travel section. In 2013, I completed a master’s degree in media and communications at the London School of Economics. You can read about my past London haunts, and present L.A. adventures, in my ongoing highlights and trip plans for AFAR.com

When I’m not writing for myself, I help others fill blank pages on everything from website content, to copywriting, to social media. Do you want to hire me to write something? Drop me a line at contactkellydawson@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter.