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

May 2017   University of Nebraska—Lincoln                                                      

     Dissertation: Silence Emerging from Birds

     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                                                                                                                                                       





American poetry—nineteenth century through the present, lyric poetry, persona poetry, poems in sequence, multi-genre creative writing, creative nonfiction, literary editing and publishing, first-year writing



Best of the Net Nomination for "The Ballad of Virgil Johnson" and "Virgil Stays a While in Boise City, a.k.a. 'No Man's

Land'" published in the museum of americana, 2018


Best of the Net Nomination for "Death's Mother Shows Her How to Eat Clams" published in Atlas & Alice, 2017


Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, awarded a two-week artist residency, June 2017

2017 Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry, Finalist, for Silence Emerging from Birds


"Taking Apart my Childhood Piano" was solicited for Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry Column and will be archived with The Poetry Foundation


2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry, Finalist, for Silence Emerging from Birds


The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, Awarded a Scholarship for attendance, Franconia, NH June



2016 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition with Finishing Line Press, Semi-Finalist, for What In Us Speaks


Orison Anthology Nomination for “Because Inner and Outer Space Unravel Each Other,” published in The Inflectionist Review, 2016


2015 Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Award Competition with Comstock Review, Finalist, for That Dark Ecstatic Now  


Best of the Net Nomination for “Boston to Japan,” published in Lime Hawk, 2015


Best of the Net Nomination for “Brain Atlas,” published in Storyscape, 2015


Art Farm Nebraska, awarded a month-long artist residency to live, work, and write collaboratively with other artists on a small rural farm, June 2013


Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, awarded a $5,000 prize for the poems “How,” “Melon,” and “After Beethoven”, 2012


Ragdale Foundation, awarded a two-week artist residency, March 2012




Contributor Spotlight Interview with Rappahannock Review Issue 5.3 July 27, 2018


"Before the Razor" Feature with Razor Literary Magazine Issue #3, June 2017 


Guest Blogger for Compose’s “Story Behind the Story” Blog, May 2016


Guest Blogger for Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files” Series, May 2016


Writers Guild Poetry Month Audio Guest, The Word Cellar featured interview April 2016


Co-author of “Reading and Writing Across Difference,” for the Prairie Schooner Blog on Omaha Lit Fest October 2015


Interview with the Daily Nebraskan, “UNL Instructor uses Unconventional Techniques to Emotionally Connect Students with Poetry,” May 2014


Workshop Co-Presenter, National Association for Poetry Therapy Annual Conference, Reaching New Heights: 

     Following Your Poetic Journey "Mapping Our Internal Landscapes: A Poetic Journey Through Our Selves" Denver, 

     CO April 2017


Event Organizer and Editor/Panelist, “From Behind the Editor’s Desk: A Conversation with Current and

     Former Editors from Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, Vida, and The Normal School” Lincoln, NE, April 2016


Workshop Co-Presenter, National Association for Poetry Therapy Annual Conference, Converging in the Heartland:

     Poetic Expression for Healing, Mind, Body, and Soul “Redefining Silence: From Absence to _______________”  

     Kansas City, MO, April 2016


Pedagogy Guest Panelist, English Department GTA Training

     “Teacher Response and Assessment,” August 2016

     “Bringing Creative Writing Practice into the Composition Classroom,” August 2014

     “Building Assignment Sequences in First-Year Writing,” August 2013



NSU Spring Read, Orville J. Hanchey Gallery, Natchitoches, LA March 2019

NSU Creative Writing Faculty Showcase, Varnado Ballroom, Natchitoches, LA February 21, 2019


NSU Fall Read, Orville J. Hanchey Gallery, Natchitoches, LA November 1, 2018

Poetry Month Invited Reading, Featured Poet, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) Natchitoches, LA April 2018

NSU Spring Read, Orville J. Hanchey Gallery, Natchitoches, LA April, 2018

Inside Voices Poetry Reading Series, Aromas Coffeehouse, Omaha, NE April 2017

Tupelo Press 30/30 Project AWP Alum Reading, Coffy Cafe, Washington, DC, February 2017

Action Books Tour, Milk Run, Omaha, NE December 2016

No Name Reading Series, The Happy Raven, Lincoln, NE October 2016


Creative Writing Program Coordinator, December 2018 to present

     * Responsible for curriculum planning, course rotations, program activities, delegation of duties/tasks to the CW 


     * Regularly report program status and activities to department head and undergraduate studies coordinator

Job Search Committee, Medieval and Early Modern British Literature Professor, Fall 2018/Spring 2019

Co-Founder and Director of NSU Summer Writing Camp, 2018 to Present. Week-long camp for Natchitoches area writers aged 10-17


Intro to Literature Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Revision Committee, Spring 2018


Ad Hoc Committee for creation of an undergraduate creative writing concentration, beginning Spring/Summer 2018

Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies New Faculty Mentoring: created new faculty resource document, Spring and Summer 2018


NSU Student Media Board, ex officio member, beginning April 2018


Planning Committee for the 1st annual NSU Summer creative writing camp, Spring/Summer 2018

Second Annual LitCon Planning Committee, Spring 2018

     Panelist: “Traditional Publishing Q & A”

Faculty Advisor to Argus Literary Magazine, beginning Fall 2017


Academic Advisor, English Majors, beginning Fall 2017

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