For me, creativity is fueled by curiosity--and a lot of caffeine, of course. I’ve always been an artist--writing and performing poetry and nonfiction and designing for print and digital media--and for the last thirteen years, I’ve been an educator. My passion is helping students of all ages become successful by asking provocative questions of, and developing innovative responses to, the world around them. As an artist, I know that one individual expression can lead to valuable insight for many. As an experienced teacher, I know when to be firm and when to be flexible, and I’m constantly evaluating and reevaluating the best approaches to challenging situations.
I earned graduate degrees in creative writing from Ohio University and Bowling Green State University, and received a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing from Michigan State, where I wrote my dissertation on how poets navigate a changing literary landscape with their computers and mobile devices. I was one of the founding editors of GradHacker, a publication dedicated to helping graduate students succeed, and I’ve contributed to Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In my academic career, I’ve developed and promoted literary events, edited scholarly and literary journals and publications, organized major conferences, facilitated workshops on nurturing professional identity, and mentored hundreds of students and young professionals.
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and I’m now an assistant professor of English at a small university in southeast Arkansas, where I live with my two very comical rat terriers. I’m engaged to a brilliant professor/writer/designer/gamer-geek, and in my spare time I love to cook, watch horror and sci-fi movies, play Cards Against Humanity, and experiment with my way-too-big drawer of makeup.