Curriculum Vitae



The University of Memphis
M.F.A. in Creative Writing 2010
Concentration: Creative Nonfiction
Thesis: Corpus Fragilis
Advisor: Dr. Kristen Iversen
GPA: 3.92

Christian Brothers University
B.A. in Philosophy & Religious Studies, Summa Cum Laude 2005
Areas of Concentration: Christian Ethics, Calvinism in America
Minors: English, History & Women’s Studies
Thesis: Predestination and Its Influence on American Civil Discourse
Advisors: Dr. Peter Gathje and Dr. Philip J. Maloney
Honors Thesis: Postcolonialism in The American South


• The University of Memphis Department of English Outstanding Service Award, 2007
• The University of Memphis Creative Writing Concentration Award, Nonfiction, 2006
• Margaret J. Saither Outstanding Graduate Award, Christian Brothers University, 2005


• Postcolonialism, The Global South, and Southern Literature
• African American Literature
• Women’s Studies
• Creative Nonfiction
• Calvinism in American Literature
• Teaching Across the Curriculum
• Learning Communities
• Social Media, The Digital World, and Creative Writing


Creative Nonfiction
• “The Weight of Fall” forthcoming in Swill Magazine, Spring, 2010
• “Immaculate” Switchback, Issue 11, Spring, 2010
• “Callicott’s Rainbow” flashquake, Volume 9, Issue 3, Spring 2010
• “Highway 64 Blues” Castings. May 2004
• “Gandhi and King: A Final Evaluation” Loquemur, May 2005
• “Hannah Unanswered” Fertile Ground August 2005

• “Honor Thy Mother” WordRiot, Spring 2009
• “Baby Birds” WordRiot, Spring 2009

• “Liza The Smoker” Monkeybicycle. January 2010

Literary Criticism
• “God’s Grace in Sample, Gutierrez, and Groody” Loquemur. May 2004
• “Clifton’s Body: The Feminine Form in the Poetry of Lucille Clifton” Loquemur, May, 2004

Other Publications and Journalism
• Book Review of Theoretical Killings and The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst,  Fourth Genre, Spring 2010
• “The ADHD Odyssey” Memphis Parent Magazine, November 2009
• “Real Moms” Memphis Parent Magazine, September 2009
• “Yes We Can” Memphis Parent Magazine, August 2009
• “A Conversation with Ellen Bryant Voigt” The Missouri Review 32.1, Spring 2009

Current Projects
• In revision, Underfriction, A Memoir
• In progress, As If It Were Nothing, three connected novellas


• “Kafka and Benjamin as Nonfiction Writers: An Introduction and Celebration” (with Dina Elenbogen, Jessica Handler, Pedro Ponce, and Sandi Wisenberg) Nonfiction Now Conference, Iowa City, IA, November 2010.
• “NO Me Versus No, ME!: Journalism and Creative Nonfiction” (Organizer, with Katie Campbell, Rebecca Skloot, and Ned Stuckey-French) Nonfiction Now Conference, Iowa City, IA, November, 2010.
• "Never Enough Naptime: Writers With Small Children" (with Mary Akers, Dave Griffith, Laura Snider, and Ned Stuckey-French) Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 2010
• “Catharsis and Memoir: Who The Heck Are We Writing For?” (Organizer, with Jill Christman, Steven Church, Kristen Iversen, and Steve Woods) Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, February, 2009
• “Blog Form and Function in Writing Communities” (Organizer, with Jefferson Beavers, Steven Church and Dan Wickett) Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, New York, NY, January, 2008
• “Blogging in the Classroom: The How and Why” The University of Memphis Faculty In-Service Training, August, 2007
• “Southern Literature within the Postcolonial Paradigm” College English Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, April, 2007
• “Postmodernism and the Meaning of ‘Church’ in America” Southern Regional Honors Conference, April, 2003


• “UnderStory” Old Forest Monologues: Old Forest Jamboree, HiTone Memphis, February 2010.
• “Closer To Fine” Writers on the Road: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale,
April, 2009
• “Breakfast: A Meditation” A Capella Books, Atlanta, GA, March, 2007
• “Vacation” Reading in the Rotunda: Women’s History Month, March, 2006
• “Finding Orion” Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Austin, TX, March, 2006


• Sue Layman Gallery, Memphis, TN. People Inside My Head. Solo Exhibition.
• Memphis Heritage Gallery, Memphis, TN. In A Pinch. Group Exhibition.

• The Eclectic Eye, Memphis, TN. Stop The Car. Solo Exhibition.


The Pinch
Contributing Editor Spring 2008 - present
Responsible for identifying and soliciting work from
established and emerging writers, as well as managing segments
of the journal’s online presence.

The Pinch
Managing Editor Spring/Fall 2007
Responsibilities include culling manuscript submissions,
overseeing a group of eight assistant editors to identify stories
for publication and soliciting work from established and emerging authors.
Additionally, my duties included producing the magazine layout with InDesign
and guiding it through the entire publication process to promotion and distribution.

The Pinch
Creative Nonfiction Editor Fall 2006
Responsible for selection of manuscripts and provided
feedback to both genre and managing editors regarding content.

The Pinch
Editorial Assistant Spring 2006
Provided feedback to both genre and managing editors regarding content.
Assisted with organization of annual fiction and poetry contests.


The University of Memphis
Lecturer 2010

ENGL 1020LC (Introduction to Science Writing – Learning Community)
ENGL 4600 (Creative Nonfiction Workshop)

Lecturer 2009

ENGL 1010LC (Biological Origins: Darwin as Literature – Learning Community)
ENGL 2201 (Literary Heritage: Heroes and Monsters)

The University of Memphis
Teaching Assistant 2006-2008

ENGL 1010 (Freshmen Composition)
ENGL 1020 (Freshmen Composition and Analysis)


• Participant, Common Ground: Conversations on Race and Reconciliation
• Faculty Team Member, Fresh Connections Learning Community, Biological Origins: Darwin, The University of Memphis, 2009-10
• Organizer, Literary Heritage Speaker Series, The University of Memphis, 2009
• Organizer, Think Globally, Act Locally Speaker Series, The University of Memphis, 2008
• Host, Midsouth Creative Writers Conference, Oxford, MS, 2008
• Coordinator/Host, River City Writers Series, The University of Memphis, 2007-2008
• Search Committee, Professor of Religion & Philosophy Search, Christian Brothers University, 2005


• Founder and Organizer, Writing in Memphis, 2008-present
• Founder, Memphis Reel to Real Film Series, 2004-2005
• Program Director, Venus Envy Women’s Art Exhibition and Celebration, 2004-2006
• Founder and Organizer, Wolf River Conservancy Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser, 2004-2006
• Curator/Organizer, Mardi Gras Art Auction benefiting Memphis Friends for Life, 2003
• Volunteer Curator/Organizer, CYBA, Annual Art Exhibition, 2002-2006


• Sigma Tau Delta – National English Honor Society
• Alpha Chi – National Interdisciplinary Honor Society
• Phi Alpha Theta – National History Honor Society
• Association of Writers and Writing Programs
• Modern Language Association
• College English Association