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Education

MFA   Vermont College of Fine Arts, Creative Writing.  July 2012
BA      Knox College, Creative Writing. June 2006

Teaching Experience

Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA                                                    

Adjunct Instructor, English. Aug 2012 – Dec 2016

  • ENG 010 – Fundamentals of English
  • ENG 020 – Fundamentals of Writing
  • ENG 105 – English Composition I
  • ENG 106 – English Composition II
  • ENG 221 – Creative Writing
  • LIT 101 – Introduction to Literature
  • LIT 110 – Early American Literature
  • LIT 124 – American Poetry

Instructor, Lifelong Learning. 2016

  • Creative Writing

Knox College, Galesburg, IL. 2005
Co-Leader, First-Year Preceptorial

Honors and Awards

2nd Place, Vermillion Literary Project Short Story Contest. 2019
“His Future on a Clothesline”

1st Place, Vermillion Literary Project Short Story Contest. 2018
“A Ruined Bitter Rain”

Selected for Best American Non-Required Reading 2012 (ed. Dave Eggers). 2013
“At the Particle Accelerator at Krasnoyarsk”

2nd Place, Vermillion Literary Project Short Story Contest . 2013
“The Brass Elephant in the Room”

Finalist, New Michigan Press/Diagram Chapbook Contest. 2013
“The Idea of Leaves within the Dying Tree” (Poetry Chapbook)

1st Place, Morningside College Word Slam. 2013
Poetry Reading                                                                                                                      

Finalist, New Michigan Press/Diagram Chapbook Contest. 2013
“Some Kind of Memorial,” (Fiction Chapbook co-written with BJ Hollars)

Nominated, AWP Intro Award.  2011
For Creative Work at Vermont College of Fine Arts

Finalist, Black River Chapbook Competition. 2010
“Some Kind of Memorial,” (Fiction Chapbook co-written with BJ Hollars)

2nd Place, Davenport Literary Awards (Poetry). 2004
Prizes in creative writing of fiction, playwriting, and poetry.                                   

Beverly K. White and Friends Creative Writing Prize. 2004
Awarded annually to a beginning writer for the outstanding piece of creative writing during the year

Independent and Continued Study

Iowa Writer’s Workshop, University of Iowa Three week summer workshop, Iowa City, IA  2008   

“The Angle of Repose.” Honors Project in Creative Writing, Knox College, Galesburg, IL 2005-2006

“Teaching Poetry Composition” Independent Study, Knox College, Galesburg, IL 2005

Ford Fellowship, Knox College, Galesburg, IL  2005           

Full-time research support during the summer prior to student’s senior year. Program designed to encourage students who are contemplating academic teaching careers. 2005

“Modulation of Subject Response to Amphetamine by Personality Types”  IMSA Student Inquiry and Research, University of Chicago. 2001-2002      

Presentations and Readings

“The Idea of Leaves within the Dying Tree,” Bacon Creek Back Porch Talk, Western Iowa Tech Community College, 2016

“Mrs. What’s-Her-Phrase,” Staff Development Day Presentation, Western Iowa Tech Community College, 2015

“I Don’t Get It: Abstraction and the Art of Letting Go,” Bacon Creek Back Porch Talk, Western Iowa Tech Community College, 2015

“English Makes No Sense,” Faculty Training Presentation, Western Iowa Tech Community College, 2015

“The Geometry of Loss,” Midstream Reading Series, Minneapolis, MN, 2014

“Crossing the Line: Transgressing Genre,” Bacon Creek Back Porch Talk, Western Iowa Tech Community College, 2013

“An Astonishing Talent,” Graduate Lecture, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT  2012

Graduate Reading, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT, 2012

Writer’s Block Reading, Anderson University, Anderson, SC, 2011

Writer’s Forum, Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 2006

Publications

Chapbook

The Idea of Leaves within the Dying Tree, Finishing Line Press, 2016

Poems

“We Are All Alone,” The Virginia Normal, 2020

“If You Believe It,” Sugar House Review, No. 19, 2019

“Short Prose Piece for Two,” The Turnip Truck(s), Vol. 4, No. 2, 2019

“Christ’s Latch,” Barstow & Grand,  2018

“A Statue in the Park,” Step Away Magazine, 2015

“In the Hotel Bathroom,” “The Origins,” and “From an Automobile,” Jet Fuel Review, Issue 9 2015

 “The Best Week” and Chinese Parsley,” Glassworks, Spring 2014                         

“A Brief History of the Novel,” Roanoke Review, 2013       

 “After Twister,” Adroit Journal Issue 7, 2013    
                             
“In Times Like These” and “I Thought It Would Be Great To Be A Man,” South Dakota Review, Volume 50, Issue 2, 2012

“He Thought It Was Certain,” Hoot Review, Issue 13, 2012

“At the Particle Accelerator at Krasnoyarsk,” Ninth Letter, Vol. 9 No. 1, 2012

 “Gratuity,” Handsome, Volume 3, Number 2, 2010

“Private First Class” & “Toccoa Falls,” Muscle & Blood, Issue 1, Fall 2010

“Passing Invisible Fence in Winter” & “Leaving Him,” Pank, September 2010

“Pheasant on a Postcard from Iowa City,” Chronogram 12/09                          

“The Importance,” Found Poetry Project, 2009

“Oilfield Road” & “At Last,” miller’s pond poetry magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2009

from “What it is to Die and What is Left,” Peter Parasol, Issue 4, 2009

from “What it is to Die and What is Left,” Beeswax Magazine, Issue 5, 2009

 “Waking Up ,” After Hours, Issue 17, 2008

Short Fiction

“His Future on a Clothesline,” Red Coyote, Forthcoming

“An Anniversary,” Third Wednesday, Vol. XII, No. 2, 2019

“A Ruined Bitter Rain,” Red Coyote, Vol. 33, 2019

“Some Terrible Thing That I Did,” Pamplemousse, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2015

“The Brass Elephant in the Room,” VLP Magazine, 2014

“Stage Directions,” 5×5, Winter 2013                                                                       

“You Can’t Imagine,” Potomac Review, 2013

“The Upside Down Girls,” Tin House, Flash Friday Series, 2013

“ART 262,” Nano Fiction, Vol. 5 No. 2, 2012

 “What We Were I” & “What We Were II” (With B.J. Hollars), Pank, 2009

“The Cages” (With B.J. Hollars), Hayden’s Ferry Review, 2009

“Some Kind of Memorial” (With B.J. Hollars), Hobart 2009


Editorial Experience

Atlas & Alice, Founding Editor, 2013-2014

You Must Be This Tall to Ride, Poetry Editor, 2009-2010

Catch, Poetry Co-Editor, 2005-2006