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Ph.D. in English (Concentration in Creative Writing, Poetry), May 2017

University of Nebraska—Lincoln                                                                                               

Dissertation: Silence Emerging from Birds, a collection of poems

Committee:    Ted Kooser, Kenneth Price, Tyler White, Grace Bauer (chair)

Qualifying Exam Areas: “Twentieth Century American Lyric Poetry” and “Persona Poetry in Sequence”


M.F.A. in Writing (Concentration in Poetry), July 2011

Vermont College of Fine Arts                                                                                                       

Critical Thesis: “A Finite House for the Infinite: How Poems Awaken Us to the Present Moment”

Creative Thesis: Quantum Silence, a collection of poems

Graduating Lecture: “The Biology of Imagination”


B.A. in English and Music, magna cum laude, May 2007

Simmons College (now Simmons University)     


Associate Professor and Coordinator of Creative Writing Programs, Department of English, Languages, and Cultural Studies, Northwestern State University



American Poetry (Nineteenth Century through present), poetics, persona poetry, poems in sequence, multi-genre creative writing, creative nonfiction, literary editing, publishing



Apocryphal Girl, Pinhole Poetry, May 2024

Autobiography, Split Rock Press, November 2022

For full CV, click here. (Updated May 2024)                                                                    

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