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  • PhD, English, Creative Writing, UW-Milwaukee, May, 2024.
  • MFA, Creative Writing, Nonfiction, 2014.
  • BA, English and Political Science, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2009.

Awards & Honors

  • Staff Scholar, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2024.
  • Teaching Fellow Award, Center for Teaching and Learning, UW-Milwaukee, 2023-24.
  • James Sappenfield Scholarship, UW-Milwaukee, 2023-24.
  • Staff Scholar, Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, 2023.
  • Contributor, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2022.
  • Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship, Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, 2022.
  • Winner, 2021 AWP Intro Journals Award, for the short story “The Blood Kettle,” forthcoming in Mid-American Review.
  • Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award, 2019-20, UWM,
  • Mentor Teaching Award, George Mason University, Spring 2014,
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Student Award, George Mason University, Spring 2014,
  • Crab Orchard Review Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award Finalist, 2013

Professional Experience

ESL English Instructor, English Language Academy, University of Colorado, Denver March, 2016-Aug. 2016, March 2018-Aug. 2019

Director of Outreach and Project Development, Denver Urban Studies Program, Wartburg West location, Wartburg College, Aug. 2016-Present

Term Assistant Professor of English & Composition, George Mason University Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Instructor of English and Composition, TA, George Mason University 2012-14

Writing Center Tutor, George Mason University 2011-12

Lecturer, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, DC Summer, 2012

English Teacher, Mezőcsokonya Elementary and Middle School, Hungary 2010-11

Adult English Teacher, Katedra Language Academy, Kapsovár, Hungary Jan. 2011-May 2011

English Teacher, Korea Poly English Academy, Jeongbal Campus, Ilsan, South Korea 2009-10

Courses Taught

  • English, Literary Journal Production, English 418, UW-Milwaukee
  • Strategies for Academic Writing, English 201, UW-Milwaukee.
  • College Writing and Research, English 102, UW-Milwaukee
  • Graduate Student Advisor and TA for Literary Journal Production, English 418/Art 427, UW-Milwaukee
  • Creative Expression and Social Change in Denver, Inquiry Studies 201, Wartburg College
  • Assisted in teaching: Community and Culture in Haiti, May Term Intensive Travel Course, Wartburg College
  • The Metropolis: Sustainability in Denver, Interdisciplinary Studies 360, Wartburg College
  • Advanced Composition for Natural Sciences and Engineering Students, ENG 302-E, George Mason University.
  • Advanced Composition for Business Students, ENG 302-B, George Mason University.
  • Advanced Composition for Humanities Students, ENG 302-H, George Mason University.
  • First-Year Composition, English 101, George Mason University
  • Introduction to Creative Writing, English 396, George Mason University
  • Reading and Writing About Texts English 201, George Mason University

Conference Presentations

  • “Dispatches from PhD Land: Perspectives from Inside the Creative Writing PhD,” Panelist and Moderator, AWP, Kansas City, Feb. 10, 2024.
  • “Literary Magazines, Zine- Making, and DIY Publishing: An inclusive site of radical possibility,” Writing Human/s: 2024 Writing Innovation Symposium, Feb. 1, 2024. Marquette University.
  • “How Do We Learn to Write? Guiding Principles in the Pedagogy of Writing,” UW-Milwaukee School-Wide Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, Aug. 29, 2023.
  • “Reading and Fiction Craft Discussion with Lydia Millet, Featuring Panelists Danielle Harms and Cindy Gueli,” hosted by FOLIO Literary Journal of American University, Upshur Street Books, Washington, DC, April 2015
  • New Leaves Literary Conference Reading, George Mason University, April 2012
  • Writing Center Training Workshop Leader, Herndon Public High School, Nov. 2011
  • Panelist, Northern Virginia Writing Tutors Conference, George Mason University, Oct. 2011