CONTACT_______                                   ____________________________________


M.F.A. in Creative Writing

The North Carolina State University

May 2009

Thesis: Blood Creek, a full-length poetry manuscript

Adviser: Dorianne Laux

B.A. in English and Creative Writing (double major)

Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Magna cum laude, May 2007

Certification to Teach English as a Second Language

Methodist University

May 2013

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE___________________________________________________





WRI 4160 Longleaf Press Internship

WRI 3250 Creative Writing: Poetry

ENG 2220 Survey of American Literature II: 1865-Present

ENG 1040 Composition and Rhetoric (Online)

ENG 1020 Composition and Introduction to Literature (Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face)

ENG 1010 Composition (Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face)

ENG 1000 Skills Development in English (Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face)

ESL  091   Reading Skills in the English Language



ENG 102 Composition and Introduction to Literature

ENG 101 Composition

ENG 102 Composition and Introduction to Literature (Hybrid)

ENG 101 Composition (Hybrid)



ENG 287: Explorations in Creative Writing (Course Assistant)

ENG 287: Explorations in Creative Writing

HONORS AND AWARDS_______________________________________________________

Inez Easley Educator of the Year, Fayetteville Cumberland Human Relations Commission, 2020. 

Resident Fellow, Willapa Bay AiR, July 2017.

Foley Poetry Prize, “Claim,” May 2016.

Balticon Poetry Prize, “Quitting Spell,” May 2016.

Prize in Southern Poetry, White Oak Kitchen, “Love Spell.” February 2016.

Honorable Mention, Princemere Poetry Prize. “Wild Strawberries.”  January 2015.

Resident Fellow, Brush Creek Ranch. June 1-12, 2015. Provided support for the

development of a full-length poetry manuscript.

Runner-up, Consequence Prize in poetry. “Ugly September.” November 2014.

Resident Fellow, Norton Island. June 26-July 7, 2014. Provided support for the development of a full-length poetry manuscript.

Title III Mini-Grant, Methodist University, March 2014. Provided stipend to present at the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers’ Conference.

Resident Fellow, Yaddo, July 2013. Provided support for the development of a full-length poetry


Whiting Fellowship, July 2013. Provided stipend to cover travel costs to Yaddo.

Honorable Mention, The Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition. “Spell for Our Grieving.” July 2013.

Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, “Dressing the Pig,” “Shape Shifting,” and “On Carlos Almaraz’s Homage to Still Life,” April 2013.

Resident Fellow, Holly House, May/June 2013. Provided support for the development of a full-length poetry manuscript.

Honorable Mention, “Dressing the Pig,” North Carolina State University Poetry Contest, April 2013.

Quality Enhancement Plan Mini-Grant, Methodist University, April 2013. Provided stipend to present at the Narrative-Making in the Aftermath of War Conference at UC Santa Barbara.

Title III Mini-Grant, Methodist University, October 2012. Provided stipend to attend the 2013 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference.

Resident Fellow, Anderson Center for the Arts, June 2012.  Provided support for development of poetry manuscript, Blood Creek.

Finalist, Brenda L. Smart Poetry Contest, Spring 2009, “The Butcher.”

Bruce and Marge Petesch Fellowship, Fall 2009. Provided support for development

of poetry manuscript, Blood Creek.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, North Carolina State University, 2007-2009.


Poetry Chapbook

Blood Creek. Longleaf Press. Spring 2013.


“The Birds of Lake Norman” and “The Resolution,” Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit. (May 2022.)

The Last Vacation,New Ohio Review. (2021 Summer Exclusive.)

“Wild Strawberries,” The Binnacle: 2016 Competition Chapbook.

Claim,” Foley Poetry Prize, America. (June 6-13, 2016.)

Quitting Spell,” Balticon Poetry Prize, BSFAN. (May 27-30, 2016.)

“Vanishing Spell,” Raleigh Review. (Spring 2016.)

Love Spell,” White Oak Kitchen Prize in Southern Poetry The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

(12 February 2016.)

“Learning to Wait,” Raising Lilly Ledbetter. Lost Horse Press. (June 2015.)

Ugly September,” Consequence: An International Literary Magazine Focusing on the Culture

of War, Vol. VII: Spring 2015.

“Stray” and “The Man with Red Eyes,” The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII:

North Carolina. Texas Review Press. (January 2015.)

“Old Burying Hill,” Walter. March 2014.

“Trash,” What Matters. Jacar Press. Fall 2013.

“Spell for Our Grieving,” The Binnacle 2013 Competition Chapbook. Dec. 2013.   

“Dressing the Pig,” On Carlos Almaraz’s Homage to Still Life,” and “Shape

Shifting.” Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Chapbook. Spring 2013.

“If the House Won’t Fall.” Great River Review. Spring/Summer 2013.

“Mice.” The Burning Bush II. January 2012.

“The Butcher” and “Directions.” The Superstition Review. December 2011.

“Stray.” Tar River Poetry. Spring 2009: 42

“Sediment.” Marginalia. Volume 4 2009: 109

“Her New Father,” “Skin,” and “Poem to My Ex-Husband.” The Fifteen Project.

April 2009.


I’ve Seen Firsthand the Heartbreak of ICE Detention. This Must End.” Truthout. 24

January 2020.

“Leslie Pearson: From Artist to Soldier & Back Again.” City View Magazine.

June/July 2007: 30-32.

“The Bicycle Man Teaches Kids About Sharing and Giving.” City View Magazine.

April/May 2007: 58-60.

“Chyrl Garrett-Weber: Building a Reputation as an Artist.” City View Magazine.

February/March 2007: 28-30.


“The Butcher” and “Directions.” The Superstition Review. iTunes U.  December



Panelist, Slush Pile Live! North Carolina Writers Network Spring Conference. UNC Greensboro. 23 April 2021.

Panelist, NC Poetry Society Poetry of Witness. YouTube. 22 January 2022.

Host, Longleaf Press Book Release for George Rawlins’ Cheapside Afterlife. Facebook. 16 November 2021.

Host, Longleaf Press Virtual Poetry Reading. Cultivating Voices Live Poetry, YouTube. 20

Oct. 2020.

Virtual Poetry Reading from the Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace

anthology (Lost Horse Press). Cultivating Voices Live Poetry. 7 September 2020.

Functional Incoherence in the Work of Sylvia Plath. Marymount Manhattan College. New York,

NY. 28 Feb. 2020.

Poetry Reading. So & So Books. Raleigh, NC. 06 Sept. 2018.

Event Coordinator, #FakeNews Panel. Yarborough Auditorium, Methodist University,    

Fayetteville, NC. 05 Sept. 2019.

Panelist, #MeToo. Alumni Dining Room, Methodist University. Fayetteville, NC. 01 March


Improvisation in Poetry. Cape Fear New Music Festival. Reeves Fine Arts Building, Methodist

University. Fayetteville, NC. 5 Apr. 2017.

Event Coordinator. Film Screening of Talking Black in America: The Story of African American 

Language and Discussion with Executive Producer, Walt Wolfram. PA Auditorium,

Methodist University. 08 Feb. 2017.

Poetry Contest Winners’ Reading. Balticon 50, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace

Hotel. Baltimore, MD. 28 May 2016.

A Reading from the Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press). Yarborough Auditorium,

Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. 13 April 2015.

Ekphrastic Poetry by Women. Center for Poetic Thought, Washington D.C.

5 April 2014.

Unlocking the Landscape: A Poetry Workshop. Gulf Coast Association of Creative

Writing Teachers Conference, Fair Hope, AL. 29 Mar. 2014.

A Reading from Blood Creek. Southern Writers Symposium, Fayetteville, NC. 22 Feb. 2014.

A Reading from the What Matters Anthology (Jacar Press). Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 7 Dec. 2013.

What Makes a Good Paper? Methodist University Writing Center, Fayetteville, NC. 23 Oct. 2013.

Coming Out: A Panel in Honor of National Coming Out Day. Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. 11 Oct. 2013.

Ghosts. Narrative Making in the Aftermath of War Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara. 26 April 2013.

Contest Winners’ Poetry Reading. Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival, Page Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC. 14 April 2013.

Genre Matters. The North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. 16 February 2013.

Poetry Writing Workshop. Minnesota Correctional Facility, Red Wing, MN.  Gave a reading and lead a workshop for juvenile males in a maximum security detention facility. 23 June 2012.

Female Teachers Rewriting the Literary Canon in the Classroom. Split this Rock, Washington

D.C. 23 March 2012.

Publish or Perish: A Reading and Discussion. Southern Writers Symposium, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. 07 February 2011.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE________________________________________________________


Academic Standards Committee, 2019-2021; 2013-2014

Assistant Editor, Longleaf Press, 2014-2020

Admissions Committee, 2018-2019

Interim Director, Writing Center, Fall 2018

Writing Across Campus Committee, 2018

Planning Committee, Constitutional Conversations Speaker Series, 2017-2019

Student Life Committee, 2017 Faculty Workshops and Technical Support, Methodist University, 2016-2017.

English Department Assessment Committee, 2016-2017

English Department Distinguished Speaker Series Committee, 2016-2017

Writing Across the Campus Committee, 2014-2016

Chair, Ad hoc committee for the development of online English courses, 2015-2016

English Department Search Committee, 2015

Faculty Advisor, Amnesty International Student Group, 2013-2014

Global Education Advisory Board, 2012-2014

Calendar Committee, 2012-2015

Faculty Concerns Committee, 2011-2013

Southern Writers Symposium Committee, 2010-2013

Ad hoc committee for the revision of committee membership statements, 2013

Ad hoc committee for the revision of the children at work policy, 2012

Ad hoc committee for the revision of the English 102 assessment process, 2011

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY____________________________________________________

Emcee, Santa Paws Celebration, Unchain Cumberland County. 04 December 2021.

Judge, Southern Fried Poetry Slam, June 8-12, 2021.

Associate Editor, Backbone Press. Jan. 2021-Present.

Animal Welfare, Cumberland County Animal Services. Trap feral cats in my neighborhood and

transport them to animal services to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated at weekly TNR

clinics; provide after care and re-release the animals. Oct. 2020-Present.

Deportation Defense Fayetteville Group Leader, Alerta Migratoria. Supervise volunteer group

engaging in congressional advocacy, fundraising, social media campaigns, and family

support for undocumented individuals living in the United States. Sept. 2019-present.

Poll Observer, North Carolina Democratic Party. Answer voter questions, help voters find correct

polling locations, and report incidents such as voter intimidation to the boiler room for

follow-up. 22 Oct., 24 Oct, 27 Oct., 3 Nov. 2020.

Emcee, Santa Paws Celebration, Unchain Cumberland County. 07 Dec. 2019.

Animal Welfare, Unchain Cumberland County. Fostered and found homes for a litter of

stray kittens. Sept. – Nov. 2019.

Poetry Workshop, Cumberland County Public Library. 13 Apr. 2019.

Judge, Foley Poetry Contest, America magazine, 2018.

Juror for 2018 Artist-in-Residence Applications in Poetry, Willapa Bay AiR, 2017.

Animal Welfare. Robeson County Animal Control, rescue puppy from kill shelter and foster him

until he can be transported to Missouri, where he will be trained as a seeing eye dog for a

blind child. Fall 2016.

Writing Mentor, Capitol Encore Academy, 2016. Led weekly writing workshops for at-risk youth.

Judge, Student Writing Contest. Marymount Manhattan College, 2016.

Judge, Emerging Writers Contest. Southern Writers Symposium, 2015.

Animal Welfare, Unchain Cumberland County, domesticate, neuter, and provide

home for feral cat. Fall 2015.

Judge, Methodist University Creativity and Research Symposium, 2015.

Clothing, MU Knitting Group, knit hats for sailors at sea for Christmas. Fall 2014.

Clothing, MU Knitting Group, knit hats for the homeless, Fall 2013.

Mentor, Afghan Women’s Writing Project, mentor women poets in Afghanistan and

help to expose readers in the United States to their work, July 2013.

Judge, Methodist University Creativity and Research Symposium, 17 Apr. 2013.

Clothing, MU Knitting Group, knit hats for chemotherapy patients, Spring 2013.

Clothing, MU Knitting Group, knit hats for elementary school children in a low-income

school district, Fall  2012.

Sheltering, The Red Cross, helped to clean and close a shelter for the volunteers

involved in mass feeding exercises, September 02, 2012.

Feeding, The Red Cross, served dinner to over 200 National Guard troops training on Fort Bragg, August 28, 2012.

Writing Workshop, Minnesota Correctional Facility – Red Wing. Led a writing workshop for juvenile males in a maximum security detention facility, 23 June 2012.

Exam Breakfast, Methodist University, served students breakfast before exams, May 2012.

Fayetteville Beautiful Community Clean-Up, The Red Cross, April 2012.

Judge, Fields of Earth Poetry Contest, Writers Inc. Guild, April 2012.

Critique Sessions, Southern Writers Symposium, 2012.

Stop Hunger Now, Methodist University, helped to prepare and package meals to distribute to schools and orphanages around the world, January 2012.

Judge, Raleigh Charter High School, Poetry Challenge and Poetry Out loud, May 2008 and May 2009.

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