curriculum vitae



M.F.A. in Creative Writing (2005)

Thesis: Featherless Biped: Poems

Thesis Directors: A. Van Jordan, Julia Johnson, and Hephzibah Roskelly


M.A. in Writing Seminars (2003)

Thesis: The Antisocial Club: A Collection of Poems

Thesis Director: John Irwin

B.A. in Writing Seminars (2002)


Creative writing; modern and contemporary poetry; poetic forms; American, British, and world literature; fairy tales; young adult and children’s literature; expository writing and composition.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE                                 Detailed syllabi available upon request.

Lecturer in English, UNCG, 2005-2006. Taught four classes each fall and spring semester in literature and English composition. Taught four sections of Composition I, which included smaller assignments like letters, lists, and poems; longer essays such as analysis of an advertisement; and a research essay, encouraging revision, multiple drafts, and peer-editing. Taught four sections of “Introduction to Poetry,” which explored literary terms, techniques, and formal qualities of poetry in order to foster close readings. Books taught included A. Van Jordan’s Macnolia and Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife. 

Instructor in English, UNCG, 2003-2005. Taught Composition I & II courses. Taught Fred Chappell’s Brighten the Corner Where You Are for the all-freshmen read in Composition I. Composition II, which is a speaking-intensive course, included analysis of speeches like Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream,” as well as literary analysis of speech-entered texts like the folktale traditions of Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wind Drinkerd and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and the infusion of Russian slang into A Clockwork Orange. The course culminated in extended student presentations on their research.

Instructor, Expository Writing, The Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2002. Taught an elective freshman writing course including assignments like the personal essay, movie reviews, and a research paper on a current trend, using Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point as a rhetorical and argumentative model.


Freelance Writing, Learning Express, 2014-2015. Test development for updated MCAT.

Events and Social Media Coordinator, The Regulator Bookshop, 2010-2012. Liaising with publicists and authors to schedule author readings, writing up event descriptions for in-store newsletters/email, publicizing events through press releases, updating social media and local media calendars, and maintaining store website content.

Textbooks Manager, The Regulator Bookshop, 2010-2012. Organizing all aspects of textbook ordering for courses at Duke University arranged through this independent store, including liaising with professors and publishers, organizing textbook course section of the store, and ordering books within budgetary constraints.

Bookseller, The Regulator Bookshop, 2007-2012. Customer service, book ordering, web management.

Freelance Writing, The Independent Weekly, 2007-2011. Poetry and art reviews.

Freelance Editing, 2007-2008. Outlets included University of Chicago Press and Gallimard. 

Co-Founder and Editor, Backwards City Review, 2004-2007. Centrally involved in all aspects of production for this small-press literary journal, including solicitation, subscriptions, record-keeping, proofreading, layout, and graphics editing.

Writing Center Staff Member, UNCG, 2004. Met with students in various disciplines, including ESL students, and read drafts aloud with students offering advice based upon their questions and concerns for class assignments.

Library Cataloguing Assistant, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, JHU, 2003.



How to Avoid Speaking, Waywiser Press (Forthcoming November 2015).


“Derrida Eats a Dorito,” Drunken Boat (2014).

“Doll Coffins,” Measure (2014).

“Lullaby,” TAB (June 2014).

“The Bar” and “Graven Image,” Unsplendid (Fall 2012).

“Lavender Mist,” Poetry Northwest (Fall 2010).

“Tonight the Character of Death Will Be Played By Brad Pitt,” Gargoyle (Summer 2010).

“The Fascist Poem,” RHINO (Spring 2010).

“Albanian Virgin,” Poemeleon (Fall 2009).

“Nothing Rhymes with Gitmo” and “My Sexist Thesaurus,” The Vocabula Review (Oct. 2009).

“Synaesthesia,” Country Dog Review (Fall 2009).

“Chlamydia” and “Echo and Narcissus,” Waccamaw (Spring 2009).

“Lesson on the Letter S,” Blackbird (Spring 2008).

“Umbrella on the Dissecting Table,” Mississippi Review (Spring 2007).

“Still Life,” Best New Poets (2006).

“Battle of the Cricket” and “Discerning Sound,” Confrontation Magazine (2006).

“Harpy” and “Eurydice,” The Kennesaw Review (Winter 2004).

“Emaciated Muse,” Sewanee Theological Review (Fall 2003).


“New Carolina Wren Press poetry books from Minnie Bruce Pratt and Yvonne Murphy,” Independent Weekly. July 20, 2011.

“New poetry by Lou Lipsitz, often apocalyptic but also in search of transcendence,” Independent Weekly. May 19, 2011.

“N. C. poet Nancy Simpson internalizes the external in Living Above the Frost Line.” Independent Weekly. Nov 3, 2010.

“Local Poet, Jeffrey Beam’s Latest Volume, Gospel Earth. Independent Weekly. Oct. 20, 2010.

“The Lives of Great Men in Poetry.” Independent Weekly. June 23, 2010.

“From alpha and omega in Joseph Donahue’s Terra Lucida.” Independent Weekly. Sept. 30, 2009.

“Renowned N.C. Fred Chappell’s latest collection enthralls.” Independent Weekly. Aug. 12, 2009.

“The spiritual and mundane in Michael Chitwood’s Spill.” Independent Weekly. Nov. 26, 2008.

“The voices of Chapel Hill poet Patrick Herron’s alter ego.” Independent Weekly. Nov. 5, 2008.

“Poems that marry domesticity with wars abroad in Old War.Independent Weekly. July 2, 2008.

“Durham writer Chris Vitiello’s linguistic conundrums.” Independent Weekly. April 2, 2008.

“The verbal landscapes of Durham poet Tony Tost.” Independent Weekly. December 5, 2007.

“Rafael Campo rescues language and meaning from politics.” Independent Weekly. Oct. 24, 2007.


Winner, Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, Waywiser Press (2015).

Vermont Studio Residency (2010).

Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship Finalist (2008).

Howard Nemerov Scholar at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference (2007).

Honorable Mention, Noel Callow Award, Academy of American Poets, UNCG (2005).

Robert F. Arellano Award for Excellence in Writing, Johns Hopkins University (2002).


Moderate reading, writing, and speaking proficiency in German and Italian.

REFERENCES                                              Available upon request.

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