Artist StatementI write for my personal love of words, and because I can use words to create different worlds for my readers to experience. I love teaching the art of poetry to eager minds searching for a way to describe, understand and explore their feelings and surroundings. "Let words give wings to your feet."
-MFA in Poetry, Washington University in St. Louis, 2008
-BA in Creative Writing, Oberlin College, 2005
-Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, Poetry concentration, 2005 (Coluccio Salutati Prize for Academic Excellence)
-"The Need for Hiding," poetry, Dancing Girl Press
-Poems can be found in FIELD, Los Angeles Review, River Styx, Columbia Review, Bear Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere.
-Pizza & Poetry Writing Workshop @ Davis Library (teacher--spring 2018 & forthcoming @ Aspen Hill Library)
-Nominated: Pushcart Prize & Best New Poets, 2017
-Nimrod International Literary Awards: Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry Quarter-Finalist, 2018
-Poets' Billow's Atlantis Award, 2017
-Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Award Finalist, 2016
-Introduction to Poetry, Wash U, taught 2007-2008
-Creativity and Madness, Wash U Univ College, created and taught course, 2008
-Adjunct English Professor, Fontbonne University & St. Louis Community College, 2008-2011
-Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 2014
-Freelance Copy Editor, current