Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer
Publications & Prizes
I have two books of poetry--Island and Living Room (prose poems)--a lyric essay memoir, My CIA; a poetry chapbook, Muse Annie; and a literary memoir, Run Scream Unbury Save, that is just out. My CIA was named a top ten book of 2012 by the Review of Art, Literature, Philosophy and Humanities and added to their ongoing list of Great Nonfiction reads. It won a Baker Artist Award; was showcased on Maryland Public Television’s, An Artworks Special; and was featured through an art installation co-produced by Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Curatorial Practice in early December 2013 in Baltimore. I have published widely in literary journals and magazines, such as American Poetry Review. I have an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Poetry Writing. In 2011 and 2014, I won Maryland Individual Artist Awards (state grants in creative writing in poetry). I have been awarded finalist/semi-finalist status in the Emerging Writer Fellowship Competition, The Writer's Center, Maryland; the Joaquin Miller Cabin Reading Series, Washington, DC; the Autumn House Press Open Competition in Poetry; The "Discovery"/The Nation Poetry Contest; the Poet Lore Narrative Poetry Competition; The Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition; The Maryland Poetry Review Poetry Contest; and the fellowship competition, Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania and Kenya, 2013. Finally, recently I won the Gabehart Prize in (Creative) Nonfiction for an excerpt from my manuscript, Run Scream Unbury Save; was named one of three finalists for the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award; was awarded a Hoffer Legacy (Creative) Nonfiction Award for My CIA; was named a finalist for my manuscript of prose poetry, Muse Annie, for C&R’s Summer Chapbook Contest; was named a finalist for Muse Annie for NDR’s Poetry Chapbook Competition; was named a finalist for the Faulkner Wisdom Competition for an excerpt from my book-length lyric essay in progress; was named a finalist for an excerpt from RSUS for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize; (incredibly good news) won the Autumn House Press Open Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, judged by Michael Martone, for my literary memoir manuscript, Run Scream Unbury Save, which means they’ve published it as of February 7, 2017; was published very recently on Essay Daily for a piece I did on “menus” for my book and others; and, finally, Muse Annie, a chapbook of poems, is now out from Kattywompus Press. I have been teaching college English, from Composition to Creative Writing to Literature, both online and in the traditional classroom, to all kinds of student populations, for a wonderfully good amount of time. I am currently reviewing for Publishers Weekly.