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2007               Ph.D. English, University of Mississippi, Mississippi

2003               M.F.A. Creative Writing, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

1997                B.A. English, Methodist College, North Carolina

1995                A.A. Liberal Arts, Fayetteville Technical Community College, North Carolina


Director, Distance Learning and Faculty Development (2020-present). John Tyler Community College.

Chair, Division of Languages & Literature (2019 – 2020). Delta State University.

Assistant Professor of English and English Education Programs Coordinator(2017-2020). Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi.

Assistant Professor of English (2013-2017). English Department, Ashford University, Online/Remote.

Assistant Professor of English, (2009-2010). Division of Languages and Literature, Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi.

Assistant Professor of English, (2008-2009). Department of English, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania.


Founder. (2013-2016). Ashford Humanities Review, Ashford University.

Managing Editor.  (2012). Twisted South Magazine, Byhalia, Mississippi.

Circulation Manager / Coordinating Editor. (2011-2012).  Creative Nonfiction Foundation/Creative Nonfiction Books.

Interim President. (2011-2012). VOX Press, Inc., Oxford, Mississippi.

Founder / Advisory Editor. (2008 – present). Valley Humanities Review, Lebanon Valley College.

Assistant Editor.(2004-2006). Yalobusha Review, University of Mississippi.

Assistant Editor / Managing Editor. (2001-2002 / 2002-2003). Mid-American Review, Bowling Green State University.


Poetry Collected and Anthologized

“Nothing But the Kitchen Sink.” Sunrise from Blue Thunder Anthology, edited by Millicent Borges Accardi, Pirene’s Fountain, 2011.

Selected Poems. The Next of Us is About to Be Born, edited by Maggie Anderson, Kent State University Press, 2009.

Twenty Questions for Robbie Dunkle. Kent State University Press, 2004.

Leaping from the Bottom Step. National Federation of State Poetry Societies, 1997.

Poems in Journals

“On Choosing Childlessness.” Moon City Review, Spring 2013, p. 183.

“Mr. Takaji Being Photographed.” Naugatuck River Review, Summer 2010, p. 60.

“Traffic Jam Litany.” Quarter After Eight, vol. 11/12, 2006, p. 188.

“Hover.” Northwest Florida Review, vol. 2, no. 1, 2003, p. 68.

“The Burning of Clavelle, Clockmaker, 1816.” Chattahoochee Review, vol. 24, no. 1, 2003, p. 76.

Creative Nonfiction & Fiction

“A Different Kind of Truth,” Creative Nonfiction, Summer, vol. 42, 2011.   


Review of On the Divide: The Many Lives of Willa Cather, by David Porter. Resources for American Literary Study, vol. 33, 2010.

Review of Silk Elegy, by Sondra Gash. The Paterson Literary Review, vol. 33, 2004, pp. 259-261.

Review of Miracle Fruit, by Aimee Nezhukamatathil. Third Coast,Fall 2003, pp. 152-155.

Review of Sails the Wind Left Behind, by Alessandra Lynch. CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women,vol. 21, no. 2, 2003, pp. 108-110.

Book Chapter

“‘At the Center of her Mystery’: Willa Cather and Sexual Trauma.” Violence, the Arts, and Willa Cather, edited by Joseph R. Urgo and Merrill Maguire Skaggs, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007, pp. 137-148.



ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, 2018

Postgraduate Professional License, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2017-2022

Outstanding Faculty Award, Ashford University, 2015

Lawrence “Shaky” Yates Award, Best Composition Graduate Instructor, 2004-2005

Outstanding Performance Award, Hopewell City Schools, 1998-1999, 1999-2000

Sallie Mae Teacher of the Year Award, 1998-1999

 Funding and Academic:

Erasmus+ Grant for Faculty Mobility, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, 2018

Z-Degree Mississippi Grant, Lumen Learning, OER Course Development, 2018

Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture Tuition Scholarship, Texas A&M University, 2016

University Fellows Grant, Ashford University, 2016

PLEET Initiative Grant for Student and Faculty Collaboration, Lebanon Valley College, 2009


Texas A&M University Faculty and Student Reading Series, College Station, Texas, 2016

Kent State University Reading, Visiting Writers Series, Kent, Ohio, 2005

Bowling Green State University Graduate Reading, Bowling Green, Ohio, 2002

Lyric Recovery Reading at Poet’s House, New York City, New York, 2001 


“We’re Starting with Mississippi: Teacher Candidates Discuss Their Plans to Change the World,” NCTE Summer ELATE Conference, University of Arkansas, 2019

“The Demise of the Public Sphere,” International Graduate Student Symposium, American Studies Program, John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin, Poland, 2018

“(Re)Writing the Right Words: Revision Pedagogy,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida, 2018

“For the Love of Women: Willa Cather, Homosexuality and Trauma,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2009

“why don’t you everhit back?: Impotence and Power in Cather’s Short Fiction,” International Cather Seminar, Provence, France, 2007

“Cather’s Autobiographical Act and the Need for (Dis)Closure,” International Cather Seminar, Red Cloud, Nebraska, 2005

Teaching Creative Writing, Tennessee Council of Teachers of English (TCTE) Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, 2003


Delta State University (2017 – 2020)

Texas A&M University (2016 – 2017)

Delta State University (2009-2010)

Lebanon Valley College (2008-2009)