She wants to end properly, like a good sentence.
— Zadie Smith, "The Autograph Man"

My name is Kay Wicker and I am a journalist based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. I grew up in the cozy town of Columbia, Maryland pretending I was Harriet the Spy and getting into trouble for being a Chatty Cathy in grade school. Even though I've always been curious, it wasn't until high school that I realized my interest in pop culture and writing (thank you Nylon magazine!). I went on to graduate from Washington College a Sophie Kerr finalist and with a B.A. in English and minors in Creative Writing and Art History, but not without climbing the ranks of the Elm Student Newspaper, where I eventually served as Editor-in-Chief. Soon after, I landed an editorial fellowship at the magazine Washingtonian, where I was busy fact-checking and maintaining the fashion blogs.

Washingtonian was a dream first gig that led to my first "real adult" writing job as a staff writer at the magazine Baltimore STYLE. There I had the pleasure of curating the monthly event guide, writing art and entertainment reviews, ran all of the magazine's social media accounts and managed to leave with a few great features. My byline now appears in the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post. I have collaborated on a video project for Curls Understood.com, and I once called myself a perfume blogger (you can still find that thing somewhere, I'm sure). I'm currently at ThinkProgress. What can I say? I love words, people and great stories--I've been told those three are related. Welcome to my site!