Title/s: Assistant Professor
Office #: Crown Center 462
As writers, we immerse ourselves in the work of our forebears while remaining alert to our own perceptions and instincts. This is the process whereby each writer begins to discover a unique voice. There is fluidity to a writer’s progress, I believe, which can be facilitated but not fully controlled by a teacher. I stand ready to suggest a student read a new writer or try a new approach, but in the end my students will navigate according to their own inner compasses. As their teacher, I hope to encourage a faith in this exciting but sometimes difficult process.
B.A., Central Washington University
M.F.A., University of Virginia
Poetry Writing; Contemporary American Poetry
Glasgow/Shenandoah Prize for Emerging Writers (2009)
Katherine Bakeless Award for a First Book of Poetry (2008)
Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing, Stanford University (2001-2003)
New England Review: “Fairhill Farm,” “In Articulo Mortis,” “Rife Machine,”
New South: “Highlands Cross”
Ninth Letter: “Cottonwood, “First Language”
Poetry Northwest: “Babel,” “The Infernal Regions,” “Honeycomb”
Shenandoah: "The New Religion"
Missouri Review: “Dark Matter,” “February Nocturne,” “Rural Especial Scene,”
“The Old Nerve,” “After”
Mississippi Review: “Late Pastoral”
The Rumpus: “Anax Junius”
32 Poems: “The Shallows,” "Deism"
Memorious: "A Field Guide to the Moths of North America"
Mission Work (poetry, Houghton Mifflin 2008)