I am a poet, translator, and teacher from middle-America. Born and raised in Iowa, I now direct the low-residency MFA program at Mississippi University for Women, direct the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium featuring Southern writers, and teach introductory creative writing through graduate workshops and literature classes. I've published three collections of poetry, one of translations of poetry (from Dutch), and the introductory creative writing textbook, A Writer's Craft: Multi-genre Creative Writing.
I'm interested in creative writing pedagogy, anti-racist writing workshops, digital literature, and all kinds of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and drama. Though I've written and taught all forms, I consider myself primarily a poet. I am the editor of Poetry South and founded Ponder Review with our graduate students.