Writer-in-Residence, The Kerouac Project of Orlando, 2006
James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow, Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, University
of Wisconsin—Madison, 2005-2006
Selected Publications & Presentations:
— Short fiction published in Willow Springs, Los Angeles Review, The Briar Cliff Review, North Dakota Quarterly and other literary journals.
—“Before the First Draft: Cultivating Inspiration and Creative Insight in the Classroom,”
Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference, Black Mountain, NC, 2017.
— “Writer as Explorer: On Following Personal Preoccupations in Fiction.” The Creative
Writing & Innovative Pedagogies Conference, Univ. of Central Missouri, Warrensburg,
— “Escape” in Mind the Gap, a collaborative portfolio between writers and printmakers exhibited at SGC International
Conference, Milwaukee, Wis., 2013.
— “The Lure and Limitations of First Person.” The Writer June 2012: 13.
— “Crazy With Song: Discovering Story in Southern Sudan.” Poets & Writers January / February 2009: 39-44.
— “Revision.” The New Writer's Handbook 2008: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft
and Career. Minneapolis: Scarletta Press, 2008. 49-51.
— “Character: Casting Shadows.” Writing Fiction. New York: Bloomsbury, 2003. 25-51.
Professional and Personal:
My fiction is often a result of my inclination to satisfy a curiosity. I find that
experience and close observation are the most direct path to genuine understanding,
and my fiction is often grounded in this kind of extensive exploration. As a teacher,
I encourage creative writing students to cultivate a willingness to experiment, to
take risks and try new techniques, and, as a result, learn through their own writing
and thoughtful investigation of the drafts they produce. Close reading and consideration—as
a writer and a reader—give students the opportunity to practice an essential kind
of thinking. I hope students leave the classes I teach with not only a deeper understanding
of the craft of writing, but also the ability to dwell in uncertainty while sorting
through the complexities of the human experience.