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- Ph.D., The George Washington University (2017): English
- M.F.A., Rutgers University-Newark (2012): Creative Writing
- M.A., Bucknell University (2010): English
- B.A., Susquehanna University (2008): Creative Writing
- B.A., Susquehanna University (2008): Political Science
A native of rural Pennsylvania, I grew up surrounded by storytellers, rich folklore, and the abandoned sites and machinery from the Keystone State’s heyday as an industrial hub. This upbringing has inspired my view that stories and literature are always a public good: inclusive communities and social networks thrive on narratives. As a creative writer, editor, and critic, I am drawn to exploring how the acts of crafting, interpreting, and sharing literature generate empathy across the divides of time, space, nation, and region. In my classes and work, I emphasize the role of new media (like digital publications and podcasts) in opening new venues for young writers and for literary engagement. After spending nearly a decade in urban homes like Newark, NJ, and Washington, DC, I’m thrilled to be at UND and along the banks of the Red River, places which remind me of my favorite spots along Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River.
- Creative Writing
- Detective Fiction
- Publishing & Editing
- Book Reviews & Criticism for Public Audiences
- 20th Century British, Irish, and Scottish Literature
- Contemporary American Literature
- Selected Fiction and Poetry
- "Lucky Strikes." Souvenir Lit (Forthcoming). Short Fiction.
- "Self-Portrait with Windmill." Fiction Southeast (Forthcoming). Short Fiction.
- "The Survivors." Duende (October 2016). Short Fiction.
- "The Phoenix and the Lion: A Hauntology." Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed. Ed.D. Gilson. Spec. Issue of Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies. (September 2014). Poetry.
- "Death, if You Don't Mind, Please Come to the Front of the Class." Sugar House Review #6 (Spring/Summer 2012): 8. Poetry.
- "The Brothers." Northville Review (June 2012). Short Fiction.
- Selected Critical Work
- "A Defense of the Artist-Critic." Massachusetts Review (Forthcoming).
- The Sidebar: The Fiction and Poetry Podcast of Modern Language Studies. Ongoing podcast series.
- "Sir Walter Scott and the Transgression of Anachronistic Borders: The Ideological Fantasy of Westphalian Sovereignty in The Talisman." European Romantic Review 28.2 (April 2017): 203-225. Print.
- Modern Language Association, 2015 to Present
- Association of Writers and Writing Programs, 2015 to Present
- Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association, 2013 to Present
- Northeast Modern Language Association, 2011 to Present
- Graduate Teaching Award, The George Washington University (2017)
- Nominated for the Ralph Donald Award for Outstanding Paper and Presentation for “On the Doctor’s Front,” presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association (2015)
- McCandlish Fellowship, The George Washington University (2015)
- Nominated for Sundress Publications Best of the ‘Net by Revolution House for “Space Cases” (2011)
Courses Recently Taught
- ENGL 226: Introduction to Creative Writing
- ENGL 306: Creative Writing: Fiction