Ph.D., English with Creative Dissertation, The University of Georgia, 2017

Dissertation: “Helen or My Hunger”

Critical Introduction: “Reading Ekstasis: Tracking Contradictions, Sustaining Incongruences.”

Committee: Edward Pavlic, Andrew Zawacki, Magdalena Zurawski


M.F.A., Creative Writing/Poetry, MFA Program for Poets and Writers, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2012

Thesis: Soldier On

Committee: Dara Wier, Peter Gizzi, James Haug


B.A. in English, Creative Writing concentration, College of Charleston, 2008

Magna Cum Laude, Graduate of Honors College

Attendance, Bath Spa University, 2007

Tutorials with Drs. Greg Garrard and Tracey Hill

International Baccalaureate Diploma, 2004




Soldier On (Tupelo Press 2015)



Expeditions to the Polar Seas (Sixth Finch Books, 2013)

If You’re a Bear, I’m a Bear (H_NGM_N B_KS, 2013)


Manuscripts in Submission

Expeditions to the Polar Seas (Poetry, full-length)

            Shortlisted: National Poetry Series, CSU Poetry Center Open Book, Colorado Poetry Prize, Akron Poetry Prize, YesYes Books Pamet Prize

Helen or My Hunger (Poetry, full-length)

            Shortlisted: Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize



“A Rank, Bleak Devotion.” Foundry, Fall 2017.

“from Helen or My Hunger.Ghost Proposal, Summer 2017.

“They Make Things Easier Here So That Other Things Get Harder.” Cosmonauts Avenue Spring 2017.

“Compulsion/Procedure,” “The Heaviest Dirt Rings.” Smoking Glue Gun, Spring 2017.

“from Helen or My Hunger.” Bennington Review, Fall 2016.

“from Helen or My Hunger.” Bone Bouquet, Fall 2016.  

“from Helen or My Hunger.” TIMBER, Summer 2016.

“from Grief Vectors.” Hot Metal Bridge, Spring 2016.

“Observatories.” Cloud Rodeo. Spring 2016.

“from Helen or My Hunger.” Powder Keg 5, Fall 2015.

“from Helen or My Hunger.” Dusie 18, Fall 2015.

“Smile, Eidolon.” Gulf Coast 27.2, Spring 2015.

“Dew Value.” Phantom Limb, Spring 2015.

“Elegy with Photostat.” FLAG+VOID, Spring 2015.

“Twin Vessels,” “Middling.” (from Helen or My Hunger) jubilat 25, Fall 2014.

“from Helen or My Hunger.MiPOesias, Fall 2014.

“Confection.” Big Lucks, Fall 2014.

“Elegy with a Hangover and X-Files.” Everyday Genius, Fall 2014.

“from Helen or My Hunger.NightBlock, Summer 2014.

“Grief Vector,” “Dupuytren’s Contracture,” “Glass Eye Poem.” Souvenir, Summer 2014.

“Antigone Loop.” The Volta (They Will Sew the Blue Sail), Summer 2014.

“The Silver World,” “Animal Spotting.” Columbia Poetry Review, Spring 2014.

“Mayday.” Colorado Review, Spring 2014.

“Secret Architecture,” “Early Letters Undated,” “Containers.” The New Megaphone 1.2, Spring 2014.

“LAGEOS Satellite,” “Future Possibilities of Radio Waves Plus Carl Sagan,” “Sleep.” Whiskey Island, Spring 2014.

“[Cal, Have You Ever Gone Through Caves?].” Banango Street, Spring 2014.

“Poem after H.D. and Eidolon,” “Emanations.” B O D Y, Spring 2014.

“Lemon Evening Warning,” “The Doldrums.” Sixth Finch, Spring 2014.

“Amelia Earhart Day Beacon.” Typo 20, Spring 2014.

“The Milky Way is a Snowy White.” Ampersand Review, Spring 2014.

“Expeditions to the Polar Seas.” Guernica, Fall 2013.

“Solar Divide,” “Savannah.” Pinwheel 4, Fall 2013.

“Something Like a Stevie Nicks Documentary,” “Points of Contact.” Sink Review 11, Fall 2013.

“Forest/City Poem,” “Cave/City Poem,” “Ocean/City Poem.” InDigest 26, Fall 2013.

“No Heart,” “Explorer in the Classic Mold.” Banango Street, Fall 2013.

“Sleight of Hand,” “Eye and Screen.” The Bakery Elegy Feature, Fall 2013.

“Somewhere,” “Wishes to Will.” iO:Poetry 8, Fall 2013.

“Mobiles.” Parcel, Summer 2013. (Pushcart Prize Nominee)

“Spring and Other Strange Places,” “Welcome Room.” Forklift, Ohio, Spring 2013.

“Houdini Poem,” “Cilantro Blue.” Volt, Spring 2013.

“Yes, but More Animals,” “Poem to John Denver,” “Duplex.” Coconut 15, Spring 2013.

“Pulsar.” Better: Culture and Lit 2, Spring 2013.

“Earth in Space,” “Mapping the World.” Octopus 15, Spring 2013.

“Crow’s Nest,” “from Observatories.” diode 6.1, Fall 2012.

“Found Footage,” “Deep Blue Sea.” ILK 7, Fall 2012.

“Ojalá,” “Not Keeping Now.” Birdfeast 4, Fall 2012.

“If Alkaline, If Extinction,” “Summons: Soldiery.” interrupture, Summer 2012.

“Sigourney Weaver.” Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art 50, (contest winner; judge: Eileen Myles) Spring 2012.

“Bodega.” Best New Poets 2012. (Judge: Matthew Dickman)

“Houdini Poem” (Reprint), “A Way to Keep (Notes on Risk and Chance).” For Penelope: a Factory Hollow Press Anthology, Spring 2012.

“One of Nature’s Masterpieces.” H_NGM_N 13, Spring 2012.

“God Bless Svalbard.” Sixth Finch, Fall 2011.

“The Most Beautiful Bibles.” Denver Quarterly 45.3, Spring 2011.

“Questions of Comets,” “Earth Movements.” H_NGM_N 11, Spring 2011.

“Yellow Frosted Cake,” “Come to the Kitchen, Kelsey.” Glitterpony 8, Spring 2010.

Book Reviews

“Review of Flood Bloom by Caroline Cabrera.” Southeast Review, Fall 2013.


Selected Essays and Interviews

“Survival is Ramshackle, as is Tolerance: A Rumpus Interview with Kamden Hilliard.” The Rumpus, May 2016. 

“Where Our Memories Settle: An Interview with Gale Marie Thompson.” New Orleans Review, Summer 2015.

“Serial Poems, Stevie Nicks, and the Arecibo Message.” NPM Daily, April 2014.

“Elizabeth Bishop: Repetition and Loss.” Banango Lit, Summer 2014.

“Identifying with Valentine: An Interview with Anya Silver.” The Georgia Review, Spring 2013.

“Why Start Publishing a Literary Journal?” Litbridge, August 2012.

“A Way to Keep (Notes on Risk and Chance).” For Penelope: a Factory Hollow Press Anthology, Spring 2012.


Manuscripts in Submission

Expeditions to the Polar Seas (Poetry, full-length)

Helen or My Hunger (Poetry, full-length)

Grief Vectors (Poetry, chapbook)




   2017                Robert H. West Award (for outstanding graduate student), University of Georgia

   2017                Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Georgia

   2016                 UMass MFA Alumni Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center

2016                 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency Fellowship

2016                 Finalist, Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowship

2016                 Finalist, Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize

2016                 Finalist, Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Book Contest

2015                Willson Center Graduate Research Award, University of Georgia

2015                 Jane McMullen Academic Support Fund Award, University of Georgia

2014                 Graduate School Conference Travel Award, University of Georgia

2013, 2011       Finalist, Summer Literary Seminars Contest

2012                Excellence in Graduate Recruitment Fellowship, University of Georgia

2012                 Winner, Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art poetry contest, judged by Eileen Myles

2012                 Best New Poets 2012, judged by Matthew Dickman

2011                 Finalist in Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest, judged by Claudia Rankine

2010                 AWP Intro Journals Project Award Nomination, Dara Wier

2010                 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award, judged by James Haug

2004-2008        Presidential Scholar and Palmetto Fellows Scholarships, College of Charleston



2014                 “Creative Composition Panel: Incorporating Creative Writing into College Composition,” AWP Conference, Seattle, WA.

2012                 “The Prospect of Cluttered Cellar: Joseph Cornell, Marianne Moore, and the Infinite ‘Endless Associations of Process,’” English Graduate Organization Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

2012                 “Poetry by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program” Panel, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA. 

2009                 Reading from Soldier On. Panel Presentation: “Poetics of Place and Home.” English Graduate Organization Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.



Spring 2015     Elms College, Chicopee, MA. Reading and Workshop with poet Dr. Dan Chelotti

Spring 2014      George Walton Academy, Athens GA. National Poetry Day Speech: “Why Poetry?”

Fall 2013          Comparative Literature Department, University of Georgia, Athens GA. “Poetry of and after the Holocaust: Sylvia Plath, Lily Brett, Anne Sexton, and Paul Celan.” CMLT 4630/6630: Literature of the Holocaust.

Spring 2011      Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA. “Celebrating Emily Dickinson’s Words: ‘The Soul Has Bandaged Moments,’” Workshop Leader.



Elms College (Hadley, MA), Avid Reading Series (Athens, GA), Big Big Mess (Akron, OH), AWP Off-site Readings 2010-2015, Flying Object (Hadley, MA), Seersucker Shots Reading Series (Savannah, GA), A Reading/A Release (Talahassee, FL), What’s New in Poetry? at Emory University (Atlanta, GA)



Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI.

Visiting Professor, 2017-Present.

            Introduction to Creative Writing: WRT 219 (5 sections)

            Strategies in Writing: WRT 150 (2 sections)

University of Georgia, Athens GA.

Instructor of Record, 2012-Present.

Developed syllabi and course activities, and incorporated document management software.

Introduction to Creative Writing: ENGL3800 (2 sections)

First-Year Composition II: ENGL 1102 Special Topics: Memory Matters (2 sections)

First-Year Composition I: ENGL1101 (8 sections)

First-Year Composition II: ENGL1102 (2 sections)

Writing Center Consultant, 2013.

Regular conferences with native- and non-native-speaking undergraduate and graduate students. 

University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA.

Graduate Teaching Associate, 2009-2012.

Independently instructed class, developed syllabus and course activities.

College Writing 112 (5 sections)

Honors College Writing 112 (2 sections)

Introduction to Creative Writing (1 section)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2011.    

Writing Seminar in Kinesiology KIN 355 (1 section)

Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH.

English Adjunct Faculty, 2014-Present.

Instructed sections of online college writing for the College of Online and Continuing Education. Employed Blackboard/MyCourse Format, developed supplemental lectures, course activities, and provided weekly outreach to students and their advisors.

English Composition I: ENG 122 (7 sections)

English Composition II: ENG 123 (3 sections)



2010-2011        University of Georgia, Athens, GA. First-Year Composition Practica with Drs. Christy Desmet and Deborah Miller.

2011-2012        University of Massachusetts, Amherst Writing Program Practica (Teaching and Technology, Composition Theories and Pedagogies with Haivan Hoang)

2010-2011        University of Massachusetts, Amherst Creative Writing Practica with Faculty Noy Holland and Sabina Murray


SERVICE TO PROFESSION:                    

Organizer and Co-Host, Vox Reading Series, University of Georgia, 2014-2015

Placement Test Reader, University of Georgia First-Year Composition Program, 2014

Judge, Gignilliat Poetry Competition, Wesleyan College, 2013-2016

Organizer and Co-Host: AWP 2015 Reading featuring Jellyfish and Spoke to Soon, Minneapolis, MN

Organizer and Co-Host: AWP 2013 Reading featuring iO:Poetry, Jellyfish, and interrupture, Chicago, IL

Poetry Contest Judge, Phi Kappa Literary Society’s Henry W. Grady Creative Writing Contest, University of Georgia, 2013

Judge, Midwest Writing Center, 6th Annual Susan K. Collins/Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest, 2013

Northeast Georgia National History Day Contest Judge, 2013

Host and Organizer, Live Lit, Amherst MA, 2010-2011

Placement Test Reader, University of Massachusetts Writing Program, 2011

Judge, Best Text Contest, University of Massachusetts Writing Program, 2010



Editorial and Publishing

2009-Present    Jellyfish Magazine, Northampton, MA and Athens, GA, Creator, Co-Editor

2012-2013        The Georgia Review, Athens, GA, Graduate Assistant to the Editors

2009-2012        jubilat, Amherst, MA

Assistant Editor: 2011-2012

Assistant Managing Editor: 2010-2011

Editorial Intern: 2009-2010

2011-2012        Slope Editions, Greenfield, MA, Promotions Editor

2007-2008        Crazyhorse, Charleston, SC

Editorial Intern


Web and Graphic Design

2016                 Print and Web Advertisement, Iowa Poetry Prize Winner Lindsay Tigue.

2013-Present    Freelance Poster Design, Vox Reading Series, AWP events.

2013-Present    Freelance Cover and Layout Design, Sixth Finch Books, H_NGM_N Books.

2010-2011        Print Advertisement Design, jubilat.

2009-Present    Web, Graphic Design, and Branding for Jellyfish Magazine and Bloom Books.

2008                 Miscellany, College of Charleston. Cover and Layout Design.



2016                 GRE Essay Rater, Argument and Issue, ETS (Educational Testing Service)

2015-2016        Professional Test Scorer, Pearson Education



Spanish (Intermediate)