"It’s no accident: women take after birds and robbers just as robbers take after women and birds."
~Hélène Cixous, “The Laugh of the Medusa”
My first love in creative writing was poetry, and I've published poetry widely in journals, anthologies and other venues, as well as in my first collection of poems, Between the Crackups, which won the Crashaw Prize and was published by Salt in 2011. While in graduate school, I also began writing and teaching creative nonfiction, and I'm currently at work on a book-length manuscript of creative essays. In my poetry and essays, I'm particularly interested in issues of womanhood and feminism. I seek to defamiliarize the everyday, through techniques such as repetition, collage and bricolage, to draw attention to the ways that the things we take for granted as true or natural, particularly in relationship to the feminine and motherhood, are actually social constructs. I love teaching women poets, and am at work developing a course on Feminist Poetry to offer at Saint Mary's.
I believe everybody has a story to tell, and one of my goals in the classroom is to provide students with craft-based techniques to more effectively and engagingly present their stories.
PhD, Florida State University
MFA, The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
BA, The University of Wisconsin at Madison
Areas of Expertise
- Poetry writing
- Creative nonfiction writing
- Modern and contemporary poetry
- Feminist theory
- Hybrid poetics
- Narrative nonfiction
- Feminist theory and poetry
Courses Recently Taught
- ENWR 323: Poetry Workshop
- ENWR 320: Literary Nonfiction
- ENWR 202: Introduction to Creative Writing
- ENWR 115W: Imaginative Writing: The Art and Practice of Writing Creatively
From 2013-2017, I was Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Potsdam. Prior to that, I held visiting professorships at Austin College and Viterbo University.
Creative and Scholarly Work
- Between The Crackups, Salt Modern Poets, November 2011.
- “Ashes,” Memorious, Issue 28, Fall 2017.
- “Epithalamion,” The Georgia Review, forthcoming.
- “Amoebae,” The Iowa Review, Vol. 46, Issue 2, Fall 2016.
- “Zephyr,” Prairie Schooner, Fall 2016.
- “Natural History,” Academy of American Poets, Poets.org/Poem-a-Day, November 25, 2015.
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