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  • January 14, 2012:  MFA in English/Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College.

  • May 2009:  B.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Southern Indiana.

  • May 2000:  ADN/Registered Nurse from New Hampshire Technical Institute. In addition to my work in English and Creative Writing, I am also a registered nurse (with seven years of ER/trauma experience).


Professional Experience (teaching/writing):       

  • August 2015 to present:  English Lecturer at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Pikeville, Kentucky.  Responsibilities include teaching seven classes per semester in composition, rhetoric, creative writing, and literature to an underserved community of mainly dual-credit high school and non-traditional students, with the bulk of my courses being online.  Through BSCTC, I am also developing a writers’ conference/retreat for faculty, students, and the general public to encourage further development of a literary community in underserved and underrepresented eastern Kentucky and surrounding areas.

  • February 2016 to present:  Freelance writer for Consequence MagazineSalon, and the Village Voice.  Most recently, I have written an essay celebrating the maltreated and marginalized LGBTQ community in the Bible Belt community of Evansville, Indiana, titled “A True House of God,” and it is slated for publication by the Village Voice later this year.

  • Spring 2017:  Poetry Editor, Michael Waters Poetry Award, Southern Indiana Review.

  • April 2013 to present:  Founder and host of Slant, a monthly poetry reading which accommodates both professional and amateur poets; the series just celebrated its four-year anniversary.

  • September 2012 to May 2015:  Writing Instructor for WriteGuide.  Tailored online instruction included students of all ages, including those at the college level.  Comprehensive instruction ranged from basic grammar and usage to developing creative writing projects and revising and editing full-length manuscripts for publication.

  • Spring 2015:  Dialect/regional consultant for Linefork, a documentary directed by Jeff Daniel Silva and Vic Rawlings featuring acclaimed eastern Kentucky banjoist, Lee Sexton.

  • Spring 2014:  Poetry Editor, Michael Waters Poetry Award, Southern Indiana Review.

  • December 2014 (by invitation): Guest lecturer in poetry for Humanities 212 course at the University of Southern Indiana.

  • 2011:  Writing workshop facilitator/Community Education at the Evansville Public Library.

  • 2010:  Poetry Editor, Thomas Wilhemus Chapbook Contest, Southern Indiana Review.

  • 2009:  Writing workshop facilitator for local homeschoolers/unschoolers through a homeschool co-op.

  • 2008-2009:  Private tutor in History of the English Language and Advanced Composition classes.

  • 2008:  Intern for the Southern Indiana Review.


Professional Experience (nursing):


  • December 2006-December 2015:  Staff Nurse (long-term care) at Mater Dei Provincialate, a home for retired Daughters of Charity (religious sisters). 

  • September 2014:  Camp Nurse at Not Back to School Camp in Plymouth, Vermont.

  • September 2012:  Camp Nurse at Not Back to School Camp in Freedom, New Hampshire. 

  • November 2006-December 2006:  Staff Nurse (long-term care) at Pine Haven Nursing Facility, Evansville, Indiana.

  • 2003-2005:  Staff Nurse/Trauma Nurse (emergency room) at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Evansville, Indiana.

  • 2003:  Staff Nurse/Trauma Nurse (emergency room) at Eliot Hospital, Manchester, New Hampshire. 

  • 2001-2003:  Staff Nurse/Trauma Nurse (emergency room) at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New Hampshire.

  • 2000-2001:  Staff Nurse (telemetry) at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New Hampshire.

  • 1999-2000:  Health Worker at the Concord Feminist Health Center, Concord, New Hampshire.

  • 1998-1999:  Certified Nursing Assistant at Golden View Nursing Center, Meredith, New Hampshire.



Honors and Awards (writing):


  • Selected to receive a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award.

  • December 2016:  My article, “How Evangelical Women Found a False Savior in Trump,” published by the Village Voice, made Entropy Magazine’s Best of Net List. 

  • My poem, “Stray,” was nominated by Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel for a Pushcart Prize in 2016.

  • June 2016:  Recipient of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship, the largest monetary award given to an Appalachian writer, for both my memoir-in-progress and my poetry. 

  • June 2016:  Invited to attend the Cumberland Writers Studio on full scholarship.

  • June 2014, 2015, and 2016:  Invited to attend the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival in Harrogate, Tennessee on scholarship.

  • My poetry manuscript, Black Magic Gun, was chosen as a finalist or semi-finalist in four national contests-- by Persea in 2015, and Saturnalia, Zone 3, and the Baltic Writing Residency in 2016.

  • And excerpt of my memoir-in-progress was chosen as a finalist by the Baltic Writing Residency in 2016. 

  • My poem, “Little Debbie’s How-To,” was the recipient of the Kudzu Poetry Prize in 2016.

  • My poem, “Don’t Ask Me to Sing,” was nominated by Structo Mag for a Pushcart Prize in 2014.

  • My poem, “Maternal Lament,” was a finalist for both the Crab Creek Review’s annual poetry prize and for Fugue’s annual writing contest in 2014.

  • I received an honorable mention for my poem, “WIC,” in New Millennium Writings Poetry Contest in 2013.

  • I co-authored a 2013 NCA panel project regarding prevalent feminism in Dolly Parton’s lyrics between the years 1970-1980.

  • March 2012:  Invited to present my lecture on the history and efficacy of the use of Appalachian dialect in creative writing (specifically poetry) at the Mildred Haun Conference on Appalachian Studies, in Morristown, Tennessee.

  • June 2011:  Invited to attend the Appalachian Writers Workshop in Hindman, Kentucky.

  • Graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with honors and a GPA of 3.97.

  • December 2008:  Awarded a travel and research grant by the University of Southern Indiana to study in Vienna, Austria.

  • June of 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009:  Invited to attend the RopeWalk Writers Retreat in New Harmony, Indiana on scholarship.

  • Member of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English Honor Society.

  • Recipient of a Mensa Education and Research Foundation scholarship in 1997.

  • Graduated in Nursing from New Hampshire Technical Institute with high honors.

My poems have been published in The Bennington Review (2012), The New Millennium Review (2013), Free State Review (2014), Structo Magazine (2014), drafthorse lit journal (2014), The Crab Creek Review (2015), The USI 50th Anniversary Anthology (2015), Kudzu (2016), Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel (2016), and I have work forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage later this year. 


Academic publications include lectures for the RISC Showcase on my creative translations of the French poetry of Anna, Comtesse de Noailles, and another on the contemporary persona of Sigmund Freud in popular Viennese culture. 

Additionally, I have published the following essays of literary criticism and social and political commentary:










As mentioned above, most recently I have written an essay celebrating the maltreated and marginalized LGBTQ community in the Bible Belt community of Evansville, Indiana, titled “A True House of God,” which is slated for publication by the Village Voice later this year.

Other Interests: 

I am a home educating mother of five and a vocalist.  My husband is a talented guitarist and songwriter and we are currently in the studio recording an album which is a blend of contemporary Americana, vintage country, and Appalachian traditional/folk songs.