Lecturer in English

Short Biography

I started teaching at Maryville College in 2014, drawn to the area because of the Great Smoky Mountains and the college's emphasis on building lifelong learners and fostering strong connections with the surrounding community. From Pennsylvania, I am no stranger to the blue ridge of the Appalachians, which serve as a consistent backdrop to some of my hobbies (besides reading and writing): animal care, painting, meditation, pottery, hiking, cooking, and design.

You can find my poetry in my chapbook, Flowers Around Your Soft Throat (Structo 2016); North American Review; Cimarron Review; The Briar Cliff Review; New Haven Review; The Moth; Wick Poetry Center's international exhibit, Speak Peace—American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children’s Paintings, which is now located in the War Remnants Museum in Vietnam; Wingbeats II: Exercises and Practice in Poetry (Dos Gatos Press), and elsewhere. Nominations include Best New Poets, the AWP Intro Award, Iron Horse Discovered Voices Award, and the Pushcart Prize.

A complete list of publications, praise for poetry, and academic history can be viewed on my website.

 Courses Taught

  • ENG 349: Advanced Poetry
  • ENG 317: Public Relations Writing and Practice
  • ENG 315: Business and Technical Writing
  • ENG 213: Introduction to Poetry
  • ENG 200: Pets and Poetry
  • ENG 181: Women's and Minority Literature
  • ENG 120: Composition and Speech II
  • ENG 110: Composition and Speech I
  • FYS 110: First Year Seminar: Animal Shelter Volunteering

Literary Magazine Advising

Impressions is Maryville College's annual print showcase of student and community creative writing and art. A Community Spotlight section features works by local elementary students resulting from the staff's outreach as well as projects organized by alumni such as The Alma Mater Tattoo Project.

Throughout the year, Impressions holds events in the name of creative writing and art such as open mic readings, write-ins, and the magazine launch party. I find it rewarding to encourage the magazine staff through every stage of magazine production--from initial promotional efforts to full production--as well as to be part of the supportive writing community as members share their voices.

Teaching and Research Positions (Selected)