Education & Interests


Ph.D in Literature and Creative Writing
University of Houston: 2012
Committee: Nick Flynn (dir.), Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, James Kastely, Joseph Campana
Specializations:  Poetry/Poetics, American Literature, Counterculture Literature

M.A. in English (Creative Writing Emphasis)
University of California at Davis: 2003
Committee:  Alan Williamson (dir.), Sandra McPherson, David Robertson, Gary Snyder

B.A. in English
Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH: 1999
University Honors in Poetry, Fiction, Expository Writing


University of California, Santa Cruz
Lecturer: 2004, 2012-present
Merrill College / Writing Program


Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, History of Poetics, College Writing, American Literature, American Counterculture, The Beat Movement, American Politics, Global Politics, Grassroots Activism, History of Narrative, Collaboration in the Arts, Hybrid Literary Genres (the lyric essay, the prose poem, flash fiction), Literary Performance, Drama, Rhetoric & Argument, Mentorship

Writer / Teacher / Scholar

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