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Core Certificate in Book Arts 2014, Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Concentration: Letterpress

M.F.A. 2010, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Thesis: Flash Politics (Poetry)

B.A. 2005, Central Connecticut State University

English Major, Creative Writing Minor

Teaching Experience:

Adjunct Instructor, Front Range Community College, Larimer County, CO, Spring 2015 – Fall 2015.

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II

Adjunct Instructor, St. Catherine University, Fall 2011 – January 2014.

  • Human Experience in Literature
  • Writing with Power, Purpose, and the Perfect Word
  • The Reflective Woman
  • Writing for Life

Adjunct Instructor, Concordia University, Spring 2011 – Spring 2014.

  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Introduction to Literature
  • College Writing 

Teaching Artist, Loft Literary Center, December 2012.

  • Go Long With Your Poetry!

Summer Youth Teaching Artist, Loft Literary Center, 2009 – 2012.

  • Manga: Life Lessons
  • Manga: Humor
  • Paper, Pencil, Paintbrush
  • Animal Songs and Stories
  • Indulging Your Alter Ego
  • Writing Monstrosity
  • Writing the College Application Essay

Graduate Assistant, University of Minnesota, Fall 2007 – Spring 2010.

  • Multicultural Literature
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Poetry Writing (stand-alone)
  • Intermediate Poetry Writing (stand-alone)

Editorial & Arts Organization Experience:

Class Coordinator, Northern Colorado Writers, January – June 2015.

Arranged workshops to be led by local writers, including: instructors, topics, timing, logistics, & renting spaces to hold class; promoted class offerings; handled student registration & payment; assisted teaching writer at workshop.

  • Editing Your Own Work with Molly McCowan
  • Avoid a Flabby Middle in Your Novel with Laura Pritchett
  • Bad Guys / Big Hearts with Benjamin Whitmer
  • The Art of the Personal Essay with Laura Pritchett
  • Writing for Magazines with Rachel Zurer

Assistant Editor, Wolverine Farm Publishing, Fort Collins, CO March-December 2014.  

Participated in discussions with readers and director Todd Simmons, evaluating and selecting poetry and nonfiction submissions for Matter Journal. Organized submissions; corresponded with writers about final decisions. Edited accepted poems, essays, and short biographical notes from writers. 

Contest Reader, Backwaters Prize, The Backwaters Press, Summer 2014.

Read and ranked book-length poetry manuscripts under the direction of editor Jim Cihlar. Helped select 13 semifinalists to send to judge Patricia Smith. 

Poetry Editor, Midway Journal, Winter 2011 – Summer 2012.

Read submissions and selected poems for each issue (essays and art on occasion), edited accepted pieces, solicited submissions, designed promotional materials, organized and promoted a contest, planned for update and redesign of website.

Editorial Intern, Milkweed Editions, Summer 2008.

Fact-checked Dan Beachy-Quick’s Whaler’s Dictionary, solicited donations for silent auction portion of fundraising ball, read and responded to MS submissions, performed minor editing on accepted poetry and nonfiction manuscripts.

Editorial Assistant, Ravi Shankar, Spring 2006 – Summer 2007.

Corresponded with contributors to Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (Norton, 2008). Compiled and edited contributor biographies and country identification information.

Poetry Chapbook:

Dream of a Perfect Interface, Dancing Girl Press, August 2013.

            reviewed by Emily Anderson in Bad Entertainment

            featured in the participatory public art project Floating Library

Illustrated Zine:


Wolverine Farm Publishing, March 2015

Poem Publications:

  • “Animal Feed,” Interim Magazine, July 2014. 
  • "What's the Hickest Thing You've Seen So Far?" and "Jaws: A Parable" Konundrum Engine Literary Review, July 2014.
  • “Animal Feed,” Interim Magazine, July 2014.
  • “Nest Egg,” The Adroit Journal, June 2014.
  • “When Her Robe is Unfurled She Will Show You the World” The Offending Adam, December 2013.
  • “Unrest,” Tarpaulin Sky Literary Journal, October 2014.
  • “Fighting Tablets” Paper Darts, October 2013.
  • “Skin: A Haunting” Konundrum Engine Literary Review, September 2013.
  • “On Parting” (reprint), Sudden Prose, May 2013.
  • “Dearest J,” Interim Magazine, Vol 30 #1 & 2 May 2013.
  • “Beige,” DIAGRAM, Vol 13 #2 April 2013.
  • “On Parting” and “Supine,” Handsome Journal, Vol 5 #1 March 2013.
  • “Pillow Talk,” Poetry City, USA Vol 2. (The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read anthology) Lowbrow Press, 2012.
  • “Dream of a Perfect Interface," esque magazine REVOLUTIONESQUE issue, Naropa section, Winter 2011.
  • “No Use” and “All You Can Eat,” Midway Journal Vol. 3 #3 March 2009.

Prose on Poetry Publications:

  • “Holding Contradictions” (review of what’s pink & shiny / what’s dark & hard by Sarah B Boyle) The Hairsplitter, December 2015.

  • “Poet Kristin Abraham on Her New book The Disappearing Cowboy Trick” (interview) The Fort Collins Courier, September 2014. 

  • “The Poem as Container” (craft essay) Konundrum Engine Literary Review­, July 2014. 

  • blurb written for Gregg Murray’s Ceviche, Spittoon Press, 2014.

  • “By Myself” (review of By Myself: An Autobiography by DA Powell and DavidTrinidad) American Poetry Journal Vol. 10. 2011.

Miscellaneous Prose Publications:

  • “A Cow Named Mouse” (profile) The Fort Collins Courier, December 2014.
  •  “How to Make a Mini Book” (tutorial) The Fort Collins Courier, September 2014.
  •  “Writing in Service: A Project with Catholic Charities” (article) Community Work and Learning newsletter, May 2013.
  •  “Butt-Antlers and Ignorant Suburban Trash” (personal essay) CT Review Vol. 28 #1 Spring 2006.

Collaborative Writing:

  • “First Signs of Hunger” (poem, Caldera Poetry Collective), Delirious Hem, Fitness Forum, December 2014.
  • Semifinalist, Grazing Grain Press (chapbook manuscript, Caldera Poetry Collective), Kept Ghosts: A Choral Aubade, 2014.
  •  Honorable Mention, Hyacinth Girl Press (chapbook manuscript, Caldera Poetry Collective), Kept Ghosts: A Choral Aubade, 2014. 
  • “Gameboys Advanced” (poem, exquisite corpse in Naropa workshop), esque magazine REVOLUTIONESQUE issue, Naropa section, Winter 2011. 

Book Arts Group Exhibitions:

“The Printed Page,” Abecedarian Gallery 

Denver, CO, February 21 – April 5, 2014.

“Parts of a Whole,” Minnesota Center for Book Arts 

Minneapolis, MN, August 16 – October 20, 2013.

“Changing Places: Interpreting Locality,”

Mezzanine Gallery Honolulu Museum of Art School

Honolulu, Hawaii, August 12-25, 2013.

“MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Series III,”

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minneapolis, MN, November 4, 2011 – January 24, 2012.

Awards / Honors:

  • Semifinalist, Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron, for poetry manuscript Shadows Across Skin, 2013.
  • Finalist, Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, for poetry manuscript Shadows Across Skin, 2013.
  • Mentee, Book Arts Mentorship Program, Minnesota Center for Book Arts / Jerome Foundation, 2010-2011.
  • Grantee, Artist Initiative, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2010.
  • Recipient, O'Rourke Fellowship for Travel, University of Minnesota, 2010.
  • Poetry Finalist, Loft Mentor Series Competition, 2009 and 2010.
  • Winner, Connecticut State University System Essay Award, 2006.

Residencies / Retreats:

  • Brush Creek Arts, Saratoga, WY, Jan 5 – Jan 20, 2015. 
  • Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL, May 19 – June 15, 2013.
  • Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE, July 9-27, 2012.
  • Soul Mountain Retreat, East Haddam, CT, October 8-21, 2006.

Conferences and Workshops:

  • Presenter and Facilitator, "How to Publish Your Poems, and If You Should" and "Poetry Critique Session," Northern Colorado Writers Conference, March 27-28, 2015.
  • Participant, The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference with Jeff Shotts and Rusty Morrison, Whitby Island, WA, June 6-9, 2014.
  • Panel Moderator, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?: Book Arts in the Digital Age” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Seattle, WA, February 27, 2014.
  • Panel Moderator, “Handling Words: Book Arts and the Creative Process,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Seattle, WA, March 1, 2014.
  • Student, Staying True: Authenticity & Voice with Ada Limón, Fine Arts Work Center, Pearl Street (online), January 6 – March 7, 2014.
  • Panel Moderator, “Get Ahold of Your Writing: Book Arts in the Classroom,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Boston, MA, March 8, 2013.
  • Book fair exhibitor for Midway Journal table, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, IL, February 29 – March 3, 2012.
  • Student, Poems in Hiding: A Revision Workshop with Carl Phillips, Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program, Providence, MA, August 7-12, 2011.
  • Noncredit Student, Amy King & Ana Bozicevic – The Trans Cyborg, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University Summer Writing Program, Boulder, CO, June 13-19, 2011.
  • Attendee, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Washington DC February 2-5 2011.
  • Contributor in Poetry, Carl Phillips’ Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, August 11-20, 2010.