Assistant Professor of English
MFA, Creative Writing (2003), Eastern Washington University
BA, English (2000), Colorado State University
I've always identified myself in relation to the West, having grown up and lived in the Rocky Mountain region for most of my life. Idaho has been my home since I started teaching at ISU in 2003. My poetry often explores the issue of creating concepts of identity and home within the context of the American West.
I think of myself as both a writer and a teacher of writing; these roles should ideally be synchronous. Whether I'm teaching creative writing or composition, I seek to position myself in the classroom as a fellow writer. I experience the same writing struggles, challenges, and triumphs as my students.
My teaching philosophy centers on connecting individuals to larger writing communities. To aid students in seeing themselves as writers within a community, I encourage students to spend time developing relationships with their texts and to take ownership of their classroom roles. Writing communities should extend beyond the classroom, as well, and much of my service work seeks to provide access to literary/creative writing experiences through organizing public literary readings/activities and sponsoring visiting writers.
Miss Lost Nation. Tallahassee: Anhinga Press. Forthcoming Fall 2014. Winner, Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry.
Selected Poems in Journals
"Crisis on Infinite Earths, Issues 1-12," New Ohio Review, Issue 16 (Fall 2014)
"The Unlikely Event of a Water Landing," Gargoyle, Issue 59 (Fall 2012)
"Disarmament" and "Homesteading," River Styx, Issue 87 (Summer 2012)
"Preordained" and "Problems with Nudity," Cimarron Review, Issue 179 (Spring 2012)
"Ice Caves: Shoshone, Idaho," Valparaiso Poetry Review 13.1 (Fall/Winter 2011)
"Networks of Crumbling Mines," 5am Issue 33 (Summer 2011)
"Complications of a Late Freeze" and "Every Couple before Us," The Gettysburg Review 24.2 (Summer 2011). "Every Couple before Us" was nominated by The Gettysburg Review for Best New Poets 2012.
"Sweet and Golden Soup," Rattle 16.1 (Summer 2010)
"Water Line," Smartish Pace 17 (Spring 2010), Second place prize for Erskine J. Poetry Award.
Distinguished Teacher, ISU, 2008
Master Researcher, ISU, 2015
Outstanding Service, ISU, 2011
- 4494: Senior Seminar: Creative Writing
- 4406/5506: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
- 3306: Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop
- 2206: Introduction to Creative Writing Workshop
- 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
- 1101: College Composition
- 0090: Basic English
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