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PhD, The University of Houston, Literature & Creative Writing (Poetry) with the Certificate in Literary Translations, 2015. Dissertation Directors: Tony Hoagland & Kevin Prufer.


MFA, The University of Michigan, Creative Writing (Poetry), 2007.

Thesis Advisors: Marie Howe & Thylias Moss.


BA, Seattle University, Honors English & Creative Writing, Magna Cum Laude, 2005.

Honors & Awards


Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Institute for Creative

Writing: 2015-2016.

Pushcart Prize Special Mention, The Pushcart Prize 2015 Anthology.

Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry selected by Wayne Miller: Spring 2014.

Dissertation Completion Grant, University of Houston: Spring 2014.

Marion Barthelme Prize for Editorial Excellence, Inprint Houston: Spring 2013.

Cullen Foundation Fellowship for Writing Workshop in Bali: Spring 2012.

The Academy of American Poets' Prize selected by Matthew Dickman: 2012.

Presidential Fellowship, University of Houston: Fall 2010.

Claridge Writer-in-Residence, Illinois College: Fall 2009.

Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry selected by Lynn Emanuel, Sarabande Books: 2008.

Helen Zell Postgraduate Fellowship in Poetry selected by Tony Hoagland: 2007.

Levis Poetry Prize (Finalist), Four Way Books: 2007.

Iowa Review Award in Poetry (Finalist): 2007.

Hopwood Award in Poetry selected by Michael Dennis Browne and Jane Shore, 

University of Michigan: Spring 2007.

Thesis Travel Grant, University of Michigan: Spring 2007.

Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop Scholarship: Summer 2006. 

Moveen Residency in Ireland, University of Michigan: Spring 2006.

Michael R. Gutterman Award in Poetry selected by Stephen Dunn: Spring 2006.

Cornwell Fellowship in Poetry, University of Michigan: Fall 2005.



University of Wisconsin 

Teaching Fellow, 2015 - 2016


ENG 307: Introduction to Creative Writing (2 sections)

University of Houston 

Teaching Fellow, 2010 - 2015


ENGL 1303: Freshman Composition (3 sections)

ENGL 1304: Composition II (4 sections)

ENGL 3331: Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry (1 section)


Inprint Houston

Poetry Workshop Instructor, 2014 - 2015


Poetry Workshop (2 sections)


WITS Houston

Writer-in-the-Schools, 2014 - 2015


ORBIT Poetry Slam & Workshop (Grades 8–12)

WITS Writers Workshop (Grades 4–6)

Confident Writer Camp (Grades 7–10)

 Powerful Writer Camp (Grades 4-7)

Just Write It! Creative Writing Camp (Grades 6–8)


Boldface Emerging Writers Conference 

Writing Instructor, 2013 - present


Nonfiction Workshop Intensive (Spring 2014)

Poetry Workshop Intensive (Spring 2013)


Illinois College 

Claridge Writer-in-Residence, 2009


ENG 207: Introduction to Creative Writing (1 section)

ENG 307: Advanced Creative Writing (1 section)


Concordia University Texas

Adjunct Professor of English, 2008 - 2010


​ENG 3317: Creative Writing: Poetry (1 section)

ENG 2302: World Literature: Romanticism & Realism (2 sections)

ENG 1317: Introduction to Literature (4 sections)

ENG 1316: Freshman English: Research Writing Skills (6 sections)


kidsActing Studio

Theater Camp Director, 2008-2011


Musical Camp (14 sessions)

Play Production (12 sessions)


Badgerdog Creative Writing Camp

Instructor, Summer 2009


The University of Michigan

Graduate Instructor, 2006 - 2008


​ENG 125: Freshman Composition (1 section)

ENG 223: Introuction to Creative Writing (1 section)

ENG 338: Pacific Literary & Cultural Studies (1 section)


The University of Washington Experimental College

Performance Poetry Instructor, 2003



Teaching & Research Interests


Creative Writing, Poetry, Nonfiction, Performance Poetry, Feminist Poetry & Poetics, Composition & Rhetoric, Journalism & Journal Editing, Modern & Postmodern American Literature, Romanticism & 19th Century British Literature, Gothic Literature, Film & Popular Culture, GLBT Studies, Humor Studies.  




Devil's Lake

​Senior Editor, 2015 - Present


Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature & Fine Arts

​2010 - 2014


​Managing Editor: Duties include design, layout, editing, and proofing of print journal; hiring and coordinating genre editors, interns, and online staff; organzing, promoting, and hosting events including the Gulf Coast Reading Series, Houston Indie Book Festival, the Gulf Coast Gala, and AWP events; designing  all promotional materials, including posters, ads, bookmarks, business cards, and t-shirts; updating the submission manager, blog, and website; preparing and sending proofs and contracts to contributors; working with art editor to select featured artists and images; attending board meetings and taking the minutes; organizing and promoting our biannual contest; and overseeing interns and editorial assistants.


Poetry Editor: Duties included soliciting and selcting poetry for publication; reading and distributing submissions; training and organizing assistant poetry editors; organzing and hosting editorial meetings; and corresponding with contributors.


Additional Editorial Experience


L4: The Journal of the New American Epigram

​Co-Founding Editor, 2009 - 2011

Poetry Reviewer, 2008 - 2009



​Guest Editor for Issue 7.6, 2007


Stirring: A Literary Collection

Associate Editor, 2006 - 2007


Michigan Quarterly Review

Editorial Assistant, 2006


Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review

Editorial Intern, 2004






Hothouse. In-progress poetry manuscript. 

The Cowboy & the Poet, translation of Anne Kawala’s Le Cow-Boy et le Poète (in progress)

The 9-Day Queen Gets Lost on Her Way to the Execution (Poetry), Willow Springs Editions,

forthcoming 2015.

I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl, Sarabande Books, 2009.

Chosen by Lynn Emmanuel for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry

Alabama Steve (flash fiction), Destructible Heart Press, 2008.

Second electronic edition published by Sundress Press in 2014.

Scorpionica (poetry), New Michigan Press, 2007.

Second edition published in 2013.


Selected Poetry

“Blue-Eyed Boyfriends,” “I Can’t Stop Being Performative.” The Kenyon Review: 2015.

“It is Easier.” Drunken Boat: forthcoming 2014.

“Saturday.” Handsome: forthcoming 2014.

“Friday.” Seattle Review: forthcoming Winter 2014.

“Straightforward Horse Ears.” Whiskey Island: forthcoming 2014.

“At Kohl’s Department Store.” Ploughshares: Spring 2014.

“Vanilla Fields.” West Branch: Spring 2014.

“What Happens in 1918 Stays in 1918.” Columbia Poetry Review: Spring 2014.

“You Are My New God,” “Swing Revival / Stunt Double.” The Literary Review: Fall 2013.

“Shooting Script.” Phoebe: Summer/Fall 2013.

“When someone says I love you....” The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day: July 2013.

“Bomb Threat.” Sixth Finch: Summer 2013.

“The Afterlife as a Pile of My Lost Vintage Blazers.” Pebble Lake Review: Spring 2013.

“The Death of Small Woodland Creatures.” Court Green: Winter 2013.

“I Tried to Write the Truth But it Made Me Miserable.” Verse Daily: Feb. 22 2012.

“Russel Says Everybody is Aubrey.” Salt HIll: Spring 2012.

“A Screwdriver, She Says, She's Eleven.” Quarterly West: Spring 2012.

“I tried to write the truth but it made me miserable.” Subtropics: Winter 2012.

“Midwest Still Life, In Motion.” Indiana Review: July 2010.

“Of All the Dead People I Know.” The Rumpus: July 2010.

“One little person gets shot at the RV park.” Columbia Poetry Review: Spring 2010.

“When I came to there was a pearl & a fish hook.” Copper Nickel: Spring 2010.

“Everything is Easy,” “The Kiowa Occult.” The Journal: Spring 2010.

“Mark Ruffalo,” “Giovanni Ribisi.” Forklift, Ohio: Spring 2010.   

Jake Gyllenhaal,” “Alfred Molina.” Lumberyard: Summer 2009.

“la parc darque but you can only magnify it.” Diode: May 2009.

“Why it Slides Down the Adder.” Caketrain: Fall 2008.

“Her head was blacker than coal, she didn't mind.” LIT: Summer 2008.

“Hot Button God, Move Your Thumb.” Quarterly West: Winter 2008.

“Before Anything Happened the House Had No Skeleton.” Verse Daily: Feb. 16 2008.

“I Trisected the Bull in Lavender.” Octopus: Spring 2008.

“How to Delicately Detect I Lied About the Dosing.” DIAGRAM: Fall 2007.

“my melancholic circuitry doesn't mean.” Denver Quarterly: Fall 2007.

“In a landscape the color of bleached limes.” Forklist, Ohio: Summer 2007.

“the fox had no face the loggerman said,” Another Chicago Magazine: July 2007.

“My 3rd 9 A.M. Appointment With the University's Writer...” RATTLE: June 2007.

“june’s hide taken off distant hedges.” Cutbank: Spring 2007.

“daia bellycrawl into my room in weeds,” “Postcoital Pippi.” Subtropics: May 2007.

 “Latin for Americans.” Ninth Letter: Spring/Summer 2007.

“The Men of Camp Mystic.” Willow Springs: Spring 2007.

“This old woman I will be given away in a taxi.” FENCE: Winter/Spring 2007.

“Crowning.” Gulf Coast: Winter/Spring 2007. 




"I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl," "When someone says I love you," "Ouvrir," and

"You Are My New God." Read Women. Locked Horn Press, 2014.

“The Story of the Palace,” “Don’t Move Here.” Not Somewhere Else But Here: A

Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place. Sundress Publications, 2014.

"Fiona Apple," "Metamorphosis/Minor Suit/Militarism." Another & Another: An Anthology

from the Grind Daily Writing Series. Bull City Press, 2012.

“Of All the Dead People I Know.” The Rumpus Original Poetry Anthology, 2012. 

Mention in Best American Nonrequired Reading. Mariner Books, 2010.

"My 3rd 9 AM Appointment with the University's Writer-in-Residence." The Spoken Word

Revolution Redux. Ed. Mark Eleveld. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2007.

“Group Piece Discussion on the Group Piece.” Co-authored with Mike Henry et al. Poetry

Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry. Ed. Gary Mex Glazner. San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2000.


Essays, Interviews & Reviews

“The 16 Sexiest Lit Mag Covers in the Last 6 Years.” Gulf Coast Online: Spring 2013.

“Panic! At the AWP Disco.” Gulf Coast Online: Spring 2012.

“My Top 5 Quick & Dirty Submission Tips.” Gulf Coast Online: Spring 2011.

“Think Music: Mary Biddinger, Tyehimba Jess and Karyna McGlynn.” Memorious

Magazine: Spring 2010.

“Climbing into Bed with Paige Ackerson-Kiely: A Review of In No One's Land,” Tarpaulin

Sky: Aug. 2009.

“Itemization & Interruption: A Review of Chris Vitiello's Irresponsibility.” Newpages: 2009.

“Like a Champagne Bidet: Chelsea Minnis' Bad Bad.” Cutbank: April 2008.

“Performing the Academy: Hope You Like Slammin' Too.” Co-authored with Jeremy Richards

and Ragan Fox. Poetry Foundation Website: 2008.



Selected Readings


Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX: 2014

Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA: 2013. 

University of North Texas, Kraken Reading Series, Denton, TX: 2013.

Bucknell University, Stadler Center Slams Series, Lewisburg, PA: 2013.

The University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson Poetry Festival, Tucson, AZ: 2012.

The Menil Collection, Poems for a Quarter Century, Houston, TX: 2012.

University of Illinois at Chicago: 2012.

Poison Pen Reading Series, Houston, TX: 2011 and 2012.

Lord Weary’s Reading Series, Austin, TX: 2011.

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX: 2010.

Elliot Bay Bookstore, Seattle, WA: 2010.

Seattle University, Seattle, WA: 2010.

Bowery Poetry Club, Urbana Poetry Series, New York, NY: 2009.

Lewis University Reading Series, Chicago, IL: 2009.

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Poets in Print Series, Kalamazoo, MI: 2009.

Illinois College Claridge Lecture and Reading, Jacksonville, IL: 2009.

Myopic Books, Chicago, IL: 2009.

St. Edward's University, Austin, TX: 2009.

13 Bar, New York, NY: 2009.

Detroit InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Detroit, MI: 2009.

University of Michigan Zell Reading Series, Ann Arbor, MI: 2008.

Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals, Detroit, MI: 2008.

South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA: 2005.

Reed College Performance Poetry Showcase, Portland, OR: 2004.

Bumbershoot Spoken Word Showcase, Seattle, WA: 2003.

South by Southwest Spoken Word Showcase, Austin, TX: 1999 and 2000.

The National Poetry Slam: 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007. 



Master Classes, Panels & Lectures


Master Class, “Can Everybody Hear Me in the Back? The Perils & Pleasures of Performing

Your Work.” Boldface Emerging Writers Conference, University of Houston: May 2014.

Guest Speaker, The Missouri Review’s Internship in Publishing Class. University of Missouri:

Feb. 2014.

Master Class, Point Park University. Pittsburgh, PA: Nov. 2013.

Master Class, “Writing from Fear, Avoiding Abstraction.” Boldface Emerging Writers

Conference, University of Houston: May 2013.

Panelist, A Room of Her Own Foundation Conference for Women Writers, Austin, TX: Oct.


Master Class, “Breaking Into the Haunted House,” Tucson Poetry Festival, Arizona Poetry

Center: Apr. 2012.

Panelist, Tucson Poetry Festival, University of Arizona Poetry Center: Apr. 2012.

Panelist, “Performing Poetry: Good on the Stage, Good on the Page.” AWP Conference,

Denver, CO: 2010.

Lecturer, “Getting Out of Your Head and Into Print.” Urbana Poetry Series, Bowery Poetry

Club, New York, NY: 2009.

Workshop Leader, “Acting for Poets.” Detroit InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Detroit,

MI: 2009.

Facilitator, Publishing Roundtable and “Meet the Writer” Series at Illinois College,

Jacksonville, IL: Fall 2009.

Guest Lecturer, “The Poetry of Podcasting.” University of Texas Department of Journalism,

Austin, TX. 2008.

Panel Moderator, “Publishing 101 for Poets.” University of Michigan Dept. of English, Ann Arbor, MI: 2008.

Panel Moderator, “The Other Side of the Desk: Writers Who Become Publishers.” The Zell

Business of Writing Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: 2007.

Panel Moderator, “Slam and the Academy.” National Poetry Slam, Austin, TX: 2007.
Departmental & Community Service

Event Coordinator, Houston Indie Book Fest: 2013 – 2014.

Reading Series Coordinator, Gulf Coast Reading Series: 2012 – 2014.

Reading Series Coordinator, IceBox Poetry Slam at Illinois College: 2009.

Reading Coordinator, Poetic Responses to Art at the Jacksonville Gallery Hop: Fall 2009.

Organizer, Illinois College Performance Poetry at Jacksonville High School: Fall 2009.

Judge, Undergraduate Hopwood Poetry Contest, University of Michigan: 2008.

Admissions Committee (Poetry), University of Michigan MFA Program: 2008.

Judge, Bart Baxter Award for Poetry, Washington Poets Association: 2008

Writer-in-the-Schools, Detroit InsideOut Literary Arts Project: 2007.

Judge, Caldwell Poetry Prize, University of Michigan: 2007.

Organizer, J. Edgar Edwards Reading Series, University of Michigan: 2005–2006 .

Board Member, Seattle Poetry Festival: 2004–2005

Youth Workshop Leader, NOVA Project Poetry Festival: Seattle, WA: 2003.           

Poet-in-the-Schools, Northwest Spoken-Word Lab, Auburn, WA: 2002.

Research Assistant, Seattle University: 2003–2005.

Instructor, Performance Poetry, University of Washington Experimental College: 2003.



Professional Affilliations


The Academy of American Poets, 2010–

Modern Language Association, 2008–

Associated Writing Programs, 2005–

2010 - present

2010 - present

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