Cierra Cowan

Freelance Writer

Welcome to my portfolio! I'm Cierra – an experienced writer and curious intellectual with a passion for transforming knowledge, experiences, and ideas into eloquent and effective works of written language.

I currently freelance for Buzzfeed, Irreverent Gent, and similar outlets, with a particular focus on product marketing, shopping, and lifestyle. Additionally, I have a diverse range of scholarly academic writing expertise across literary and scientific fields, with bachelor’s degrees in both English Literature and Neuroscience.

My work is driven by my underlying desire to explore the human experience, in all its facets, through the art of language. When I’m not writing, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and playing my instrument, the bassoon.


Shopping & Marketing

Irreverent Gent
The 63 Most High Quality Clothing Brands in the World (2023)

Fashion trends are constantly changing, but high-quality clothes are always in style. And the reason is simple: When you buy high quality apparel and accessories, you're investing in elevated staples and sophisticated statement pieces that will stand the test of time.
Amazon vs. Best Buy: Where to Shop for What on Black Friday

Tech rivals Amazon and Best Buy battle it out every holiday shopping season, but who will have the best prices this year? Depends what you're buying — but don't worry, we're here to take all the guess work out of it and make sure you get the best deals.

Lifestyle & Blogging

chronicles of misadventure
A Wedding, A Birthday, A Tow Truck, Oh my!

On June 4, 2022, my dear friend Shelby married the love of her life, Matt. A quick little backstory before we dive into the weekend's adventures (and yes, you guessed it, I'm really talking misadventures here): Shelby and I met four years ago, awkwardly stumbling upon one another in the airport bathroom at Charles de...

Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Watercolor painting for beginners can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! In fact, it is quite relaxing. According to a study in the National Library of Medicine, watercolor painting even improves quality of life and depression in cancer patients having chemotherapy. It also helps relieve stress while creating something beautiful!

Scholarly Analysis

Unpublished Undergraduate Paper
Ideas on Consciousness in Strong AI

This paper explores the semantic differences between being “alive” and being “conscious”, particularly for strong AI. It then evaluates the consciousness of AI, particularly in terms of subjective experience. Lastly, how might AI help us distinguish the difference, if any, between natural and artificial systems?