Ph.D.   English, University of Southern Mississippi                                                                                         2016

M.A.    English, University of Southern Mississippi                                                                                          2006

B.A.     English, Southern Illinois University                                                                                                      2004



Encyclopédie of the Common & Encompassing, Kore Press, April 2016


"Just Relaxing," "Indecision in the School Yard," "Everywhere You Go," Valley Voices, Spring 2018

"New You," Copper Nickel, Spring 2017

“Animals,” The Florida Review, Fall 2016

“Necessity,” “Wake,” “Zugzwang,” The Cincinnati Review, Fall 2015

"Infant," Westerly, Fall 2015

"Wave-ing," Switchback, Fall 2015

“Asking,” and “Rain,” A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Winter 2012

“City,” and “Crowds,” Burntdistrict, Fall 2012

“Just,” The Pinch, Fall 2012

“&,” Harpur Palate, Summer/Fall 2012

“Body” and “Cemetery,” Armchair/Shotgun, Summer 2012

“Humanisticism,” “Loneliness,” and “You”, Witness Summer 2012

“What to Know,” Rattle, Summer 2011

“A Long Time Up Hard Mountain,” Labletter Spring 2011

“Chopin, Sheep, Feet,” Chopin with Cherries, An Anthology, Spring 2010

“Why I want to Believe We’re Planets,” big bell, Fall 2009

“Crawl up the Wall,” big bell, Fall 2009

“Love Bucket,” Court Green, Winter 2008

“Says” Court Green, Winter 2008

“Bathtub Fishing and Chances for Remake,” VERSE, May 2007

“Vampire Style,” Slant, Spring 2007

“It Wasn’t a Planting,” The Pinch, Spring 2007

“Rum-Tum-Tum,” Rio Grande Review, Fall 2006

“Dim and Out,” Marginalia, Fall 2006

Poetry & Visual Art Hybrid

"Brooklyn Revisited," "Funny Bunny," "Virga," and "Of Course," Drunken Boat, Spring 2016

“Big Game” and “Checkerboard,” STORY, Winter 2015

“Crowds,” Drunken Boat, Fall 2015

“Fault,” “Accident,” and “Walking,” Product Spring 2014

“Equanimity,” and “Skeletons,” Palooka, Spring 2012


"What Work Is," Tampa Review, Fall 2016

Guest blogger for Best American Poetry website, May 2014

“Bringing Natural Birth to the Pine Belt,” Parents & Kids Magazine, January 2014

“Lucky Rabbit,” Parents & Kids Magazine, November 2013

“Halloween for the Wee Ones,” Parents & Kids Magazine, October 2013

“Monsters You Should Look Out For,” Luna Park, January 2009

“From Japan, With Love,” Wine Enthusiast Magazine, June 2008

“Genre Gods of the Short Story Challenge,” NYC Midnight, January 2008

“Briongloid,” Metropolis, October 2007

“Monkey Mountain,” The Tokyo Advocate, May 2007

“Time Machine,” Metropolis, January 2008

 “Inside Sake,” The Tokyo Advocate, March 2007

“Botanic Art,” The Tokyo Advocate, February 2007

“Rock’n All Day Long,” The Tokyo Advocate, February 2007

“What’s Corked at Coco Winery,” The Tokyo Advocate, December 2006

 “Craftsman Melds Function with Attractive Form,” Sassafras, Magazine of Southern Living, July 2005

“Architect Plans for Future, Preserves the Past,” Sassafras, Magazine of Southern Living, June 2005

“Laurelite Offers Sense of History and Suspense,” Senior Lifestyles, Impact Publications, June 2005

“A Potter’s Impression,” Sassafras, Magazine of Southern Living, April 2005

“Knees in the Breeze,” Senior Lifestyles, Impact Publications, April 2005

“Abstract in Enjoyment,” Sassafras, Magazine of Southern Living, March 2005

Reviews & Interviews

         Denise Duhamel: Feminism and Other Isms, Raintaxi, Summer 2017

         The Tornado is the World, by Catherine Pierce, Raintaxi, Spring 2017

Dear, Sincerely, by David Hernandez. Rain Taxi, Fall 2016

“Spaces Between: Allison Campbell and Rachel Moritz in Conversation,” Rain TaxiSummer 2016

Responses to poems by David Lehman and Denise Duhamel in Valley Voices, New York

School and Diaspora: Special Issue, Fall 2014

Sixty-Cent Coffee and a Quarter to Dance, by Judy Jordan. The Hollins Critic, July 2005

Critical Works

“Irreverent Nature: Frank O’Hara as Poet of City Ecology” Valley Voices, New York

School and Diaspora: Special Issue, Fall 2014


Associate Editor, Mississippi Review: 2012-2015

Guest Editor, Hybrid Poetry Portfolio, STORY: Winter 2015

Editorial Intern, Ideal Bite, Inc.: Spring 2008

Poetry Editor, Product: Spring 2005

Editorial Assistant, Crab Orchard Review: Spring 2004

Editor, Grassroots Undergraduate Literary Magazine: 2003-2004


AWP Intro Journals Winner: Creative Nonfiction, "What Work Is," Selected by Jessica Handler

Department of English, Teaching Assistant of the Year, University of Southern Mississippi, Spring 2016

Ben Mounger Rawls Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, Honorable Mention, University of Southern Mississippi, Spring 2015

College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student of the Year, Honorable Mention, University of Southern Mississippi, Spring 2015

English Department Graduate Student of the Year, University of Southern Mississippi, Spring 2015

Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium, English Department Award Winner, University of Southern Mississippi, Spring 2015

Joan Johnson Award for Best Poetry, University of Southern Mississippi, Fall 2014

Product Magazine Best of Poetry, selected by guest judge Matt Rasmussen, Spring 2014

Manuscript a finalist for Saturnalia Press’s Poetry Prize, guest judge Gerald Stern, Summer 2014

Emerging Poets Contest, Boulevard Magazine, Honorable Mention, Fall 2013

Outstanding Creativity in Teaching, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Laguna Campus, México, 2010

Earll Prize, Outstanding Achievement in Original Writing, Southern Illinois University, 2004

Thelma Louis Kellogg Scholarship, College of Liberal Arts, Southern Illinois University, 2003

Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Southern Illinois University, May 2002


Graduate Instructor of Record, Department of English, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2013 – 2016

Introduction to Poetry Writing: Writing as Creative Seeing

Composition I: The Art of Language: Word as Way to Argue and Reach Understanding

Survey of World Literature: World, Home

Technical Writing: Writing in Professional & Public Contexts

Expanded Composition I: From Personal Narrative to Academic Argument

Gradate Instructor of Record, Department of English, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, 2005 – 2006

           English Composition I: Argument and Analysis

Composition II: Research and Argument


CUNY Adult Literacy ESL/BE/GED Programs, 2012

English as a Second Language: English Language Acquisition through Reading, and Writing Creative Nonfiction

University Settlement, Family Literacy Program, 2010-2012

English as a Second Language:  Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing and Pronunciation

Olivet University, San Francisco, 2008

Beginning Composition & English as a Second Language: Vocabulary, Grammar and Pronunciation

Dokkyo University, Matsubaradanchi, Japan, 2007

English as a Second Language: Vocabulary, Grammar and Pronunciation

High School & Middle School

Lusher Charter School, Middle & High School, New Orleans, 2016 – Present

            Exploratory Creative Writing

            Certificate of Artistry Preparatory Creative Writing

            High School Creative Writing I & II   

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Laguna Campus, México 2009-2010

English Literature: Survey of Western Literature – Prose, Poetry & Drama

English as a Foreign Language: Intermediate & Advanced English

Introduction to Philosophy: Survey of Western Philosophy

Kyowa Junior High School, Ashikaga-shi, Japan 2006-2007

English as a Second Language:  Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing and Pronunciation


Poetry Instructor, New Writers Institute, 2015 - Planned and facilitated poetry workshops for two-week summer camp

Research Assistant, University of Southern Mississippi, 2005 - Managed budget and orders for English department’s library acquisitions

Research Assistant, University of Southern Mississippi, 2004 - Assisted Dr. David Wheeler, edited sections of a pending book on 18th Century Poetry, transcribed poetry for publicatio 


Founder, Director & Tutor, TEC Writing Center, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Laguna Campus, México 2009-2010

Tutor, The University of Southern Mississippi Writing Center, 2004-2005 & 2012      

Tutor, Southern Illinois University Writing Center, 2003-2004


Panels Organized

"Writing in the Pines: Reading and Panel Discussion from the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers, Mid-South Literary Festival, Memphis, TN, Fall 2015

“The Hybrid Book: Publishing Poetry and Art Together,” AWP Conference & Bookfair, Minneapolis, MI, 2015

 “Mixed Methods: Collaboration Between Visual Art and Contemporary Poetry,” AWP Conference & Bookfair, Seattle, WA, 2014

Papers Presented

“Dorothy Wordsworth: ‘More than Half a Poet,’” International Conference on Romanticism, Park City, UT, October 2015

“‘Done Got Over’ Questions of Ownership: Poetry and Song in Ellen Douglass’s Can’t Quit You, Baby,” Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference, Oxford, MS, July 2015

“Irreverent Nature: Frank O’Hara as Poet of City Ecology,” Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium, Hattiesburg, MS, April 2015


Co-Poetry Chair for C4W, the Center for Writers’ graduate student organization, 2014

Volunteer Tutor, 826 NYC, Brooklyn, New York, 2011-2012

Volunteer Workshop Leader, 826 Valencia, San Francisco, 2008

Guest Lecturer, 400-level Poetry Writing, University of Southern Mississippi, 2006

Organizer, Kafé Night – fiction and poetry readings in Hattiesburg, MS; 2005-2006

Host and organizer, Best of Grassroots – readings at Southern Illinois University, 2004

Student Organizer, Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival, Southern Illinois University, 2003


Mid-South Literary Festival, Memphis, TN -  September 2015

C4W Reading, Hattiesburg, MS - September 2015

Southern Writers, Southern Writing, Oxford Mississippi – July 17th, 2015

Ecopoetry - A Poetry Reading for Earth Day, Hattiesburg, MS – April 2015

Product Magazine, Release Party, Hattiesburg, MS – April 2015

Literary Cage Match, Hattiesburg, MS – April 2015

Mid-South Literary Festival, Impossible Language Series; Memphis, TN – September 2014

Center for Writers Reading Series; Hattiesburg, MS – February 2013, September 2014

Amnesty International Benefit Reading; Hattiesburg, MS – April 2014

Armchair/Shotgun Issue Release; Brooklyn, NY – September 2012

Rattle, Summer Issue Release; Santa Monica, CA – August 20, 2010

Bilingual Poetry Night; Torreón, México – November 18, 2009

What the Dickens; Tokyo, Japan – September 3, October 1, December 3, 2006 – January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, and October 7, 2007

H.E.L.P. Benefit Reading; Tokyo, Japan – December 13, 2006, December 14, 2007

The Show Must Go On; Benefit Reading for Printed Matter Press; Tokyo, Japan –  November, 2 2006

Kafe Night, International Center; University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi – May 5, 2006

Unite in Harmony; National Poetry Month Group Reading, Hattiesburg, Mississippi – April 7, 2005

Backdoor Coffee House; University Baptist Church, Hattiesburg Mississippi – February 2005