Curriculum Vitae


  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Master of Fine Arts Degree, Carbondale, IL. August 2008-May 2011.
    • Concentration in Poetry
    • Thesis director: Judy Jordan; Thesis committee: Rodney Jones and Allison Joseph
  • Elon University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Elon, NC. August 2004-May 2008.
    • Dual Majors in English and Art, with Concentrations in Creative Writing and Photography

Book Publications:

  • Scrap Iron, winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, University of Utah Press, Spring 2013.


  • “A Borrowed Childhood Memory, Alloway, 4 July 1967.” Small Batch: An Anthology of Bourbon Related Poetry, Ed. Leigh Anne Hornfeldt, Two of Cups Press, 2013.


  • Recipient of the 2013 Elon College Distinguished Alumni Award in the Arts and Humanities, Elon University.
  • Winner of a 2013 Under-The-Radar Scholarship, Frequency Providence: A Writing Community, Judged by Amy Wright.
  • Finalist for a 2012 MacColl Johnson Fellowship, The Rhode Island Foundation.
  • First Book Manuscript titled Scrap Iron selected as winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize at the University of Utah Press, Judged by Kathleen Graber, to be published Spring 2013.
  • Poem selected as April’s featured Poem of the Month for The Pinch’s Website, “Seven Places I Have Found My Grandmother in the Last Six Years,” The University of Memphis, 2012.
  • Poetry Manuscript selected as Semi-Finalist for the 2011 River Styx Poetry Award.
  • Poetry Manuscript selected as Finalist for the 2011 New Letters Literary Award.
  • Third Place in Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest, “Mother(’s)-” Judged by Sara Burge.
  • Finalist in 2011 Third Coast Poetry Prize, “On Thunderstorms,” Judged by Natasha Trethewey.
  • Recipient of Research Grant awarded by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, exchange with National University of Ireland-Galway, Spring Semester, January-May 2011.
  • Honorable Mention in Academy of American Poets Prize, “Jersey Devil,” Judged by Maurice Manning.
  • Winner of 2010 Yellowwood Poetry Prize at the Yalobusha Review, “Our Lady of Mount Carmel,” judged by Beth Ann Fennelly, Yalobusha Review, The University of Mississippi.
  • Poetry Manuscript selected as Finalist for the 2009 New Letters Literary Award.
  • Semi-Finalist in 2009 New Millennium Poetry Contest, “Fidel Castro Visits a Frat Party,” New Millennium Writings.
  • Finalist in 2009 Guy Owen Poetry Prize, “Burning Down the Camper,” Judged by David Wagoner, Southern Poetry Review, Armstrong Atlantic State University.
  • Winner of 2009 Delaware Bay Days Poetry Competition, “True Oysters,” Bayshore Discovery Project.
  • Finalist in NC State Poetry Contest for “Todo Que Saben Es Trabajo”, North Carolina State University, Judged by Peter Makuck, Spring 2008.
  • Winner of Fredrick Hartmann Award for Poetry for “Turning Over,” Judged by Eric Pankey, Fall 2007.
  • Elon University, Creative Studies Grant, 2007-08 Academic Year.
  • Coraddi Literary Magazine, Best Overall Literary Piece for “Turning Over,” Summer 2007.
  • Judge Warren Scholarship, Awarded Spring 2007.
  • Winner of Fredrick Hartmann Award for Poetry for “Effigy,” Judged by John Balaban, Fall 2006.

Poetry Publications:

  • Blue Earth Review, “On Spring Coming.” Minnesota State University-Mankato, Summer 2014.
  • Jabberwock Review, “Helium.” Mississippi State University, Spring 2014.
  • Antioch Review Vol. 72 No. 1, “Pastoral.” Antioch College, Winter 2014.
  • Yemassee Iss. 20.2, “On Dream Catchers.” University of South Carolina, Winter 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.” Costal 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.

Creative Audio Publications:

  • The Collagist, “Seven Places I Have Found My Grandmother in the Last Six Years.” Online Journal, Fall 2012. Recorded, Mixed and Produced at New Neighbor Records.

Fiction Publications:

  • Rougarou, “Corporate.” University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Fall 2013.
  • Emerge Literary Journal, “Accessories.” Online journal, December 2012.
  • Airplane Reading, “A Conversation I Would Have Had With Thomas Kinkade on a Red-eye Flight.” Online journal, Spring 2012.

Academic Work/Skills:

  • President of the Graduate Writers’ Forum, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Spring 2010-Fall 2010.
    • Organized the Inaugural and Second Annual 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 Undergraduate Literary Magazine to procure funds and host events
    • Hosted and organized a Trivia Night fundraiser to bolster extra funds for the Second Annual Little Grassy Literary Festival
    • 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
  • Morris/Trueblood Writing Centers, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Spring 2009-December 2010.
    • Tutored graduate and undergraduate students on their papers, essays, assignments, etc
    • Led training events on plagiarism, proper writing center etiquette and role playing activities for tutoring “trouble” students
  • Young Writers Workshop, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Summer 2010.
    • Worked with high school students during the week long workshop, chaperoning computer lab hours, ushering students/participants to and from readings
    • Led a lecture on the use of sound in poetry, authored accompanying assignments and handout materials
    • Created lesson plans and participated in small group breakout sessions
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy course taught by Allison Joseph, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Summer 2010.
    • Reviewed methods for teaching Creative Writing
    • Looked over numerous lesson plan and textbook examples
    • Created Teaching Statement, syllabus, lesson plan, assignment list, etc for an introductory Creative Writing course
  • Crab Orchard ReviewSpecial Projects Coordinator/Assistant Editor, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Fall 2009-Spring 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 with Jon Tribble on cover/jacket design selections
  • Publicity Representative of Graduate Writers’ Forum, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Fall 2008-Spring 2010.
    • Hosted/Served as Master of Ceremonies for off-campus R&D reading events
    • Worked with local restaurants/bars/businesses and spaces to represent, sponsor and host off-campus reading/trivia events
    • Created posters, leaflets, pamphlets and newsletters for all GWF literary and social events
    • Worked with Registered Student Organization financial advisors in procuring funds for print services
  • CSS, Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver training, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Spring 2009.
    • Created large format posters for Inaugural Little Grassy Festival
    • Designed websites for the Graduate Writers Forum and the Crab Orchard Review
    • Took photographs of readings, festivals and Crab Orchard Review events, as well as manipulated/cropped images for posters and other advertisements
  • Saluki Writers Project, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Fall 2008.
    • Worked with a classroom of 3rd/4th graders for a semester long volunteer project
    • Created lesson plans for teaching children Creative Writing
  • Managing Editor/Publicity Representative for Colonnades Arts and Literary Magazine, Elon University, Elon NC 2007-08.
    • Reviewed submissions and selected writing and artwork for the undergraduate literary magazine
    • Designed the magazine using Quark Design Program
    • Worked with printers to have the magazine, inked, printed and bound
    • Hosted reading events to promote Colonnades Undergraduate Literary Magazine
  • English Teaching Internship, Elon University, Elon NC 2006-2007.
    • Guest taught English 101 on several occasions
    • Created lesson plans for classes covering metaphors and similes
    • Composed an essay on the marketability of Creative Writing professors/graduate students applying for jobs during the 2006/2007 academic year

Lectures/Conference Papers:

  • Guest Lecturer, Advanced Poetry Workshop, SIUC. Instructor: Rodney Jones.
    • Critiqued Students Works
    • Delivered lecture on the use of the line and music in poetry
    • Lead a discussion on the class’s assigned texts
    • Created handouts and lead talk on revision strategies
  • Guest Lecturer, Intro to Creative Writing, SIUC. Instructor: Shawn Mitchell.
    • Delivered introductory lecture for the poetry section of the workshop
    • Lead a discussion on exercises and techniques students can use to write
    • Created handouts and lead talk on the basic elements of a good poem


  • Adjunct English Faculty, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI, August 2012
    • Courses taught: English Composition 1020 and Public Speaking 1030
    • Created lesson plans, syllabi and assignments
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL, August 2008-May 2011.
    • Courses taught: Intro to English 101, Argumentative Writing 102 and Intro to Creative Writing 119
    • Created lesson plans, syllabi and assignments
    • Earned a Smartboard Training Certificate
    • Attended workshops, small group discussions and presentation on how to teach/conduct Rhet-Comp courses

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