Curriculum Vitae


Editorial Specialist

(Remote position) Research Square, Durham NC |November 2016 – Present

  • Support editorial operations for a number of major academic journals
  • Process all incoming manuscript submissions
  • Certify author credentials
  • Check manuscripts to determine whether they meet certain guidelines, identify potential problems (grammar, formatting, syntax, etc.)
  • Exercise attention to detail, as well as strong written and oral communication skills when working both editors and authors

Office Coordinator and Receptionist

Research Square, Durham NC |May 2015 – November 2016

  • Organized and hosted company-wide events (such as weekly team lunch, monthly food bank volunteer outing, office parties, quarterly meetings, etc.)
  • Worked with VP of Finance & HR to keep office operations/maintenance on budget
  • Coordinated with various stakeholders and team managers on outings/company presence at national & international conferences
  • Coordinated all aspects of the company-wide quarterly meetings:
    • Booked rental cars/hotels for visiting long-distance employees
    • Helped prepare presentations & assisted with execution of presentations
    • Managed catering and setup, as well as parking for events
  • Organized and helped facilitate monthly ISMTE Conference meeting & lecture series
  • Utilized MS Office and Adobe Suites, and similar software, on a daily basis

Contributing Editor

Cave Wall Press, Greensboro NC | 2013 – 2017

  • Read/Selected contributors’ works
  • Maintained subscription lists and mailed out subscription packets/issues
  • Consulted on reading series with Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC
  • PR/social media liaison (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Represented the press/journal at AWP Conference

Outside Evaluator & Guest Lecturer

Advanced Creative Writing Senior Seminar, Elon University | 2012 – 2014 (intermittent)

  • Critiqued undergraduate senior portfolios consisting of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction pieces, up to fifty pages in length
  • Wrote a letter to each student concerning their work with ways to improve and personalized feedback, including reading lists
  • Guest-lectured on the graduate application process, publication opportunities, and experiences/opportunities beyond the undergraduate experience

Guest Editor

PoemoftheWeek.Org, Online poetry journal | Spring 2014 – Fall 2014

  • Solicited and selected features/ contributors’ works for publication
  • Coordinated interviews with writers and Editor-in-Chief

Arts Instructor

The Arts Center, Carrboro NC | Summer 2013

  • Taught kindergarten through high school age attendees
  • Created lessons and themed projects, ranging from small arts and crafts (painting, collage) to experimental photography (cyanotypes)

Adjunct English Faculty

Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI | Fall 2012

  • Courses taught: English Composition 1020 and Public Speaking 1030
  • Created lesson plans, syllabi and assignments

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale | 2008 – 2011

  • Courses taught: Intro to English 101, Argumentative Writing 102 and Intro to Creative Writing 119
  • Created lesson plans, syllabi and assignments



President of the Graduate Writers’ Forum | Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2010

  • Organized the Inaugural and 2nd Little Grassy Reading Series and Literary Festivals
  • Composed grants and proposals to raise funds for visiting writers
  • Hosted In-House Graduate Reading series for SIUC MFA candidates
  • Facilitated reading exchange program (Writers on the Road) where MFA candidates from universities in a six-hour radius of SIUC came and shared their work with the student body, and—in exchange—invited us to do the same in return
  • Worked across the English Department with the Irish Studies Forum, the Office of Graduate Studies, and Grassroots Literary Magazine to procure funds & host events
  • Designed posters for events, readings and fundraisers
  • Worked with Registered Student Organization financial advisors in filling out legal documents, insurance forms and contracts for visiting writers
  • Also, served as Publicity Representative of Graduate Writers’ Forum from Fall 2008 until the Spring 2010.

Guest Lecturer | Advanced Poetry Workshop, Instructor: Rodney Jones, SIUC, Spring 2010

  • Critiqued students’ works and led discussions on the workshop’s assigned texts
  • Delivered a lecture on the use of the line and music in poetry
  • Created handouts and gave lecture on revision strategies

Writing Tutor | Morris/Trueblood Writing Centers, SIU-Carbondale, 2009 – 2010

  • Mentored graduate and undergraduate students on their papers and assignments
  • Led training events

Guest Lecturer | Young Writers Workshop, SIU-Carbondale, Summer 2010

  • Led lecture on the use of sound in poetry, authored accompanying assignments and handout materials
  • Created lesson plans and participated in small group breakout sessions

Special Projects Coordinator/Assistant Editor |Crab Orchard Review, SIUC, 2009 – 2010

  • Logged and reviewed submissions into the database for COR regular and contest submissions (Crab Orchard Series First Book and Open Competition awards)
  • Packaged, labeled, and mailed issues of Crab Orchard Review to subscribers
  • Reviewed and edited competition winners’ manuscripts, verified research and worked on cover/jacket design selections
  • Designed websites for the Graduate Writers Forum and the Crab Orchard Review




  • Third Place for “Helium” | Galway Kinnell Poetry contest, Pawtucket Arts Festival
  • Semi-Finalist for Camino | The Frost Place Chapbook Competition


  • Winner for “Bland Meditations” | Annual Writing Contest, Fugue, University of Idaho
  • Semi-Finalist for Camino | The Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award, jmww Press


  • Winner for “The Weems Stormglass Mysterious Weather Predictor” | Sweet Corn Poetry Prize, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, Iowa State University
  • Honorable Mention for “In the Latter Days” | The Claire Keyes Poetry Prize, Soundings East, Salem State University
  • Semi-Finalist for Camino |The Frost Place Chapbook Competition


  • Semi-Finalist for Scrap Iron | Paumanok Award, Farmingdale State College
  • Runner-Up for “Red Hand” | The Wabash Prize for Poetry, Sycamore Review, Purdue University
  • Finalist for El Camino and Other Poems | Two Sylvias Press First Annual Chapbook Award
  • Recipient of Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry, Sewanee Writers’ Conference
  • Finalist for El Camino and Other Poems | The Frost Place Chapbook Competition


  • Finalist for Scrap Iron | Julie Suk Poetry Prize, Jacar Press (Post-Publication Prize)
  • Runner-up for El Camino and Other Poems | The Ruby Irene Chapbook Prize in Poetry, Arcadia Magazine
  • Semi-Finalist for El Camino and Other Poems | The David Blair Memorial Chapbook Prize, Organic Weapon Arts
  • Honorable Mention for “Tijuana Bibles” | Porter Fleming Literary Competition
  • Recipient of the Elon College Distinguished Alumni Award in the Arts and Humanities, Elon University
  • Winner of the Under-The-Radar Scholarship | Frequency Providence: A Writing Community


  • Finalist for the MacColl Johnson Fellowship, The Rhode Island Foundation
  • Winner for Scrap Iron (first book manuscript) |Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, University of Utah Press
  • Featured Poem of the Month for “Seven Places I Have Found My Grandmother in the Last Six Years” | The Pinch, The University of Memphis


  • Semi-Finalist for poetry manuscript | River Styx Poetry Award, River Styx Magazine
  • Finalist for poetry manuscript | New Letters Literary Award, New Letters Magazine
  • Third Place for “Mother(’s)-” | Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest, SIU-Carbondale
  • Finalist for “On Thunderstorms” | Third Coast Poetry Prize, Western Michigan University
  • Recipient of travel grant awarded by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, exchange with National University of Ireland-Galway, Spring Semester
  • Honorable Mention for “Jersey Devil” | The Academy of American Poets Prize


  • Winner for “Our Lady of Mount Carmel” | Yellowwood Poetry Prize, Yalobusha Review, The University of Mississippi


  • Finalist for poetry manuscript | New Letters Literary Award, New Letters Magazine
  • Semi-Finalist for “Fidel Castro Visits a Frat Party” | New Millennium Poetry Contest, New Millennium Writings
  • Finalist for “Burning Down the Camper” | Guy Owen Poetry Prize, Southern Poetry Review, Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Winner for “True Oysters” | Delaware Bay Days Poetry Competition, Bayshore Discovery Project


  • Finalist for “Todo Que Saben Es Trabajo” | NC State Poetry Contest, NC State University
  • Winner for “Turning Over” | Fredrick Hartmann Award for Poetry, Elon University




  • Scrap Iron (Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry winner), University of Utah Press, 2013


  • Fugue Iss. 51, “Bland Meditations.” University of Idaho, Summer 2017
  • Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, “The Weems Stormglass Mysterious Weather Predictor.” Iowa State University, Fall 2015
  • Chautauqua, “What Einstein Saw Before Typing Out His Theory of Relativity.” University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Summer 2015
  • Soundings East Vol. 35, “In the Latter Days.” Salem State University, Spring 2015
  • Sycamore Review Vol. 26 Iss. 2, “Red Hand.” Purdue University, Spring 2015
  • The Cortland Review Iss. 66, “Santiago de Compostela.” Online Journal, Winter/Spring 2015
  • Rock & Sling, “A letter about these nights in Burlington NC” and “What’s Lost By The River.” Whitworth University, Spring 2014
  • Driftless Review, “On Locks” and “Every Night Since Viana.” University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Spring 2014
  • Midwest Quarterly, “Tijuana Bibles.” Pittsburg State University, Spring 2014
  • Prime Number Magazine Iss. 53, “Agape,” “Mix-tape (#3) With the One That I’ve Played Too Much,” and “Five Cigarettes.” Press 53, Spring 2014
  • Blue Earth Review, “On Spring Coming.” Minnesota State University-Mankato, Spring 2014
  • The Missouri Review, “Aubade.” Poem of the Week Feature, University of Missouri-Columbia, Spring 2014
  • Jabberwock Review Vol. 34.2, “Helium.” Mississippi State University, Winter 2014
  • Antioch Review Vol. 72 No. 1, “Pastoral.” Antioch College, Winter 2014
  • Yemassee Iss. 21.1, “On Dream Catchers.” University of South Carolina, Winter/Fall 2014
  • Rappahannock Review Iss. 1.1, “Mix-tape (#4) With the One I Still Haven’t Learned the Lyrics to.” Mary Washington University, Winter 2013
  • Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations, “Mix-tape (#5) With the One That Always Breaks My Heart.” Online journal, Winter 2013
  • storySouth Iss. 35, “A Borrowed Childhood Memory, Hammonton, 1974.” Online journal, Winter 2013
  • Innisfree Poetry Journal Iss. 16, “Below Corson’s Inlet Bridge” and “Ned Kelly Exiled in New Zealand.” Online Journal, Winter 2013
  • New Madrid, “Puente la Reina, First Movement.” Murray State University, Winter 2013
  • Burnside Review Vol. 9 No. 1, “A Bridge is like a Tongue.” Print journal, Winter 2013
  • Waccamaw Journal No.12, “In Vineland.” Coastal Carolina University, Fall 2013
  • The MacGuffin Vol. XXX, No. 1, “Self-Portrait at 13.” Schoolcraft College, Fall 2013
  • Cave Wall No. 12, “from The Island Meditations.” Print journal, Fall 2013
  • Beloit Poetry Journal Vol. 64 No. 1, “The Coming Apart.” Print journal, Fall 2013
  • San Pedro River Review Vol. 5 No 1 & Vol. 5 No. 2, “Compostela” and “Finisterre.” Print journal, Summer/Fall 2013
  • Crab Orchard Review Vol. 18 No. 2, “On Convergence.” Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Summer/Fall 2013
  • McNeese Review, “Flexible Diet.” McNeese State University, Summer 2013
  • Southern Humanities Review Vol. 47 No. 3, “Donation Doctor’s Visit.” Auburn University, Summer 2013
  • diode Vol. 6 No. 2, “What Cheer?” and “Jacobaea Vulgaris.” Online journal, Summer 2013
  • Virginia Quarterly Review, “El Camino.” VQR Instapoetry Series, University of Virginia, Spring 2013
  • Georgetown Review Vol. 14 No. 1, “On Thunderstorms.” Georgetown College, Spring 2013
  • Booth Online Journal, “A Borrowed Childhood Memory, Alloway, 4 July 1967.” Butler University, Spring 2013
  • The Labletter 4th edition, “Blackrock Diving Tower.” Oregon Lab, Winter 2012
  • The Pinch Vol. 32 No. 2, “Lily of the Valley” and “Seven Places I Have Found My Grandmother in the Last Six Years.” The University of Memphis, Fall 2012
  • Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, “The Island Meditations.” Online journal, Fall 2012
  • Harpur Palate Vol. 12 No.1, “A Borrowed Childhood Memory, New York City, 1923.” SUNY-Binghamton, Summer & Fall 2012
  • The Hollins Critic Vol. XLIX No. 3, “On Conversion.” Hollins University, Summer 2012
  • Columbia Poetry Review No. 25, “So Intricate, So Inconceivably Complex.” Columbia College-Chicago, Spring 2012
  • Arroyo Literary Review Vol. 4, “On Garages.” California State University-East Bay, Spring 2012
  • Mason’s Road, “Letter about my last night in Carbondale, Illinois.” Fairfield University, Winter 2011
  • North American Review Vol. 296 No. 1, “Scrap Iron.” The University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls, Winter 2011
  • West Branch No. 69, “Drinking Stories,” “The Same Idea” and “Marriage.” Bucknell University, Fall/Winter 2011
  • Interrobang?! Vol. 6, “On Sea Glass,” “Mother(’s)-” and “A Turn of Phrase.” Print/online journal, Fall/Winter 2011
  • The South Carolina Review Vol. 44 No. 1, “His Grandmother as a Wind Chime.” Clemson University, Fall 2011
  • Copper Nickel No. 17, “Turkey Point.” University of Colorado-Denver, Fall 2011
  • storySouth Iss. 32, “Kansas Burning.” Online journal, Fall 2011
  • The Pinch Vol. 31 No. 2, “Milford Sound.” The University of Memphis, Fall 2011
  • Prairie Schooner Vol. 85 No. 3, “Hounds” and “Working First Shift at the Progresso Soups Factory.” University of Nebraska Press, Summer/Fall 2011
  • Poet Lore Vol. 106 No. 1/2, “Midnight Shift.” The Writer’s Center, Spring/Summer 2011
  • The Greensboro Review No. 89, “The Root Whiskers.” University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Spring 2011
  • Quiddity Vol. 4 No. 1, “Palace Depression.” Benedictine University at Springfield, Spring 2011
  • The Labletter 13th edition, “Standing in the Atlantic Ocean with Tesla’s Pigeon.” Oregon Lab, Spring 2011
  • La Fovea, “The Sunken House, The Rough Floor,” and “Self-Portrait with a Mouse in my Future Mother-In-Law’s Kitchen.” Online journal, Spring 2011
  • Copper Nickel No. 14, “Field Lessons.” The University of Colorado-Denver, Fall/Winter 2010
  • Cold Mountain Review Vol. 39 No. 1, “The Pecking Order.” Appalachian State University, Fall 2010
  • The Pinch Vol. 30 No. 2, “The Group” and “Our Lady of the Water Glass.” The University of Memphis, Fall 2010
  • Los Angeles Review Vol. 8, “Jersey Devil” and “From These Split Ends.” Fall 2010
  • Milk Money Vol. 8, “By the Margin of Water” and “Bivalve, Cumberland County.” Summer/Fall 2010
  • Packingtown Review Vol. 2, “A History of Nut Allergies.” University of Illinois at Chicago, Spring 2010
  • Yalobusha Review Vol. 15, “Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” The University of Mississippi, Winter/Spring 2010
  • Iron Horse Literary Review Vol. 11 No. 6, “On Peeling Skin.” Texas Tech University, Winter 2009
  • Southern Poetry Review Vol. 47 No. 2, “Burning Down the Camper.” Armstrong Atlantic State University, Summer 2009
  • New Delta Review Vol. 26 No. 2, “Fidel Castro Visits a Frat Party.” Louisiana State University, Summer 2009
  • The Allegheny Review Vol. 26, “Todo Que Saben Es Trabajo.” Allegheny College, 2008
  • Colonnades Art and Literary Journal Vol. 59, “Growing Up in East Vineland” and “Turning Over.” Elon University, 2008
  • Coraddi Summer Arts and Literary Magazine, “Turning Over” and “Effigy.” University of North Caroline at Greensboro, Summer 2007
  • Colonnades Art and Literary Journal Vol. 58, “The Mariner.” Elon University, 2007

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