PhD, English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2015

  • Dissertation: Forms Abandon (poetry collection). Research areas: 19th and 20th century American and transatlantic literature; modern and contemporary poetry and poetics; literature in translation

  • Black Mountain Institute Fellow in Poetry

  • Graduate College Research Certification

MFA, Creative Writing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2004

  • Thesis: Moving Away from a Doctrine of Works (multimedia performance and text-based investigation of spatial and environmental design).

  • Vice Presidential Fellow in Creative Writing

BA, English/Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2001


Professor of English, Keiser University, Flagship Campus, West Palm Beach, FL, 2018-Present

  • Design and teach the full range of English courses offered by the university, including Creative Writing, American Literature, Contemporary World Literature, Composition II, Composition I, and Basic English

  • Develop vertically and horizontally integrated literature and academic writing curriculum in collaboration with colleagues across disciplines, including as part of the campus's Global Studies and STEAM initiatives

    • Created curriculum for a postcolonial Caribbean literature concentration to be included in The Bahamas Global Studies course, a pilot study abroad course to be offered through the Flagship Campus

    • Collaborated with colleagues in the STEM disciplines to design a series of video and PDF Quick Reference Guides for undergraduates addressing topics such as active reading; academic writing expectations, including objective v. subjective language in lab reports; math for the sciences; and how to use the References function in Microsoft Word

  • Advise students from all disciplines, including a diverse cohort of international students and student athletes, on academic paths at the undergraduate and graduate level and on career readiness

  • Web enhance all courses using the Blackboard Learning Management System

    • Appointed Blackboard lead for faculty on the Flagship Campus by the Teaching and Learning Community, 2018

Adjunct Instructor, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, 2017

  • Taught multiple sections per semester of Academic Writing: Writing and Inquiry, a core curriculum course centering on rhetorical analysis and academic research

  • Web enhanced all sections using the Blackboard Learning Management System

  • Designed a pre-formatted Academic Writing course shell in Blackboard for adoption by the English and Writing Department

Adjunct Instructor, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, 2017

  • Developed curriculum to teach Topics in Editing and Publishing, a new course in the Creative Writing Program directed toward producing Shift: A Journal of Literary Oddities in print and online

  • Designed curriculum for a five-week poetry course offered by the college’s Continuing Studies Program

  • Taught one section of Writing Studio, a first-year academic writing course focusing on arts-based writing projects, including artist interviews, contemporary artist profiles, and artist statements

  • Web enhanced all courses using the Canvas Learning Management System

Part-Time Instructor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2015-17

  • Created curriculum to teach Poetry and Poetics, an advanced undergraduate seminar, and Introduction to Poetry

  • Designed and taught multiple sections of World Literature for the Sciences, a Second-Year Experience survey for students majoring in the sciences; themed the course on the sublime in literary criticism

  • Taught multiple sections of Composition I Extended, a two-semester academic writing course, and Composition II, a research-based academic writing course

  • Developed curriculum and assisted in selecting textbooks for the English Composition Program in line with the university's nationally recognized ethnic diversity initiatives

  • Web enhanced all courses using the Blackboard Learning Management System

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2012-15

  • Taught multiple sections of World Literature II, a survey focusing on global literature from the 17th Century to the present; themed the course on revolutions in literary forms and politics

  • Taught multiple sections of Composition I and Composition II

  • Regularly collaborated with Lied Library faculty on immersive library instruction for students in composition courses

  • Web enhanced all courses using the Blackboard Learning Management System

Adjunct Instructor, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft and Freehold, NJ, 2010-12

  • Taught multiple sections per semester of English Composition: Writing and Research, a foundation writing course centering on rhetorical analysis and academic research

  • Co-developed instructional modules in academic research with Bankier Library faculty

  • Certified in online teaching

 Instructor, Downtown Writer’s Center, DWC PRO Program, YMCA of Greater Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, 2009-10

  • Created curriculum to teach poetry workshops in the two-year certification program with an emphasis on the transatlantic avant-garde and experimental forms

  • Taught multiple online sections of Writer’s Individual Tutorial, an independent study designed to prepare student work for submission and publication

  • Co-curated annual student capstone reading

  • Advised students on preparing work for publication

Visiting Instructor, Pratt Institute, PreCollege Program, New York, NY, 2006-09, 2010-11

  • Designed curriculum to teach Creative Writing, Portfolio Development, and Introduction to Foundation Writing, an introductory course in critical writing at the college level, on both the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses

  • Assisted students with portfolio design for college applications and advised students on admissions

  • Co-curated annual student capstone reading on the Brooklyn campus

English Instructor, Monmouth Academy, Howell, NJ, 2004-07, 2009-10

  • Designed and taught upper school college preparatory courses in American literature, British literature, contemporary world literature, dramatic literature, etymology, literary journal editing and publishing, and literature and composition

  • Co-taught Latin I and Latin II in the World Languages Department

  • Co-organized official departmentalization of English subject area as part of Middle States accreditation

  • Redesigned the school’s annual literary journal and served as its faculty editor and advisor

  • Taught independent studies in poetry and fiction to upper school students


Department Chair, English Department, Monmouth Academy, Howell, NJ, 2005-06, 2009-10

Collaborating Curator, Freedom of the Presses exhibition, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, 2017

Founder, Curator, Barrow Street West Reading Series, Barrow Street, Inc., New York, NY, 2011-12

Assistant Arts Education Program Coordinator, The Arts Branch of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, 2008-09


Keiser University Flagship Campus

  • Literary Magazine Organizational Committee, 2019

  • Arts 4 All Faculty Advisor, 2019

    • Campus-wide cultural event featuring the work of student writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and performers

  • Blackboard eCompanion Master course shell development for Creative Writing, American Literature, English Literature, Composition I, and Basic English, 2018-19

  • English Discipline Curriculum Development Committee, 2018-19

  • Global Studies Program Committee, 2018-19

  • STEAM Curriculum Development Committee, 2018-19

  • Educational Technology Lead, Teaching and Learning Community, 2018

  • Judge, First Annual Faculty Poetry Contest, 2018

  • English Faculty Hiring Search Committee, 2018

  • Accounting Faculty Hiring Search Committee, 2018

  • Finance Faculty Hiring Search Committee, 2018

  • Marketing Faculty Hiring Search Committee, 2018

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • Judge, Nineteenth Annual Graduate and Professional Student Research Forum, 2017

  • Co-Chair, Black Mountain Institute Emerging Writers Series Selection Committee, Black Mountain Institute, 2013

  • Registration Committee, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2013

  • Conference Liaison, Modernist Studies Association Conference and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2012


Poem of the Week (“The Rain Alone,” 28 July 2014), Burntdistrict: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, 2014

John Brooks Family/Dean Chris Hudgins Graduate Writing Award, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2014

Best of the Net 2007 (“If You Were to Die Right Now, Johnny Depp”), Sundress Publications, 2008

Full Scholarship, Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY, 2006

Sweet Corn Prize (“Manhattan Still”), Flyway, Iowa State University, 2005



  • Inconsequentia (with Derek Henderson), BlazeVOX Books, Buffalo, NY, 2010

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “‘Eidólons, Eidólons, Eidólons’: The Poetics of Alterity in the Writings of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson,” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (under review)

  • “The Postmodern Nineteenth Century: ‘Sonnet—To Science’ and the Case for Poe’s Avant-Grade Poetics,” Edgar Allan Poe Review, 2016, pp. 105-115

Poems in Anthologies

  • “The Sky As Vault (with Kevin McLellan), They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing, edited by Simone Muench, Dean Radar, Sally Ashton, and Jackie K. White, Black Lawrence Press, 2018, pp. 286

  • “Fast the Forge,” Jersey Shore Poets, edited by Christopher Bogart and Gregg G. Brown, Blast Press, 2016, pp. 215-18

  • “This Unmade Bed” (with Kevin McLellan), Interrupture: Best of Years One & Two, edited by Curtis Perdue and Katherine Factor, Interrupture, 2013, p. 10

  • “Carillon, Carillon,” Zoland Poetry, edited by Roland Pease, Zoland Books, 2009, pp. 207–08

  • “Warning Open Windows Can Be Hazardous,” The Page: Poetry, Essays, Language, Ideas, edited by Andrew Johnston, 2008

  • “An Elegy for the Innumerable,” The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, edited by Reb Livingston and Molly Arden, No Tell Books, 2007, p. 178

Poems in Journals

  • “Les Foules,”(“Crowds”), (Charles Baudelaire, French translation), AMP, 2019

  • “Three Sunflowers,” Seneca Review, vol. 48, no. 1, 2018

  • “Arroyo,” Colorado Review, vol. 44, no. 1, 2017, pp. 151-2

  • “La Belle Saison” (“Summer”), (Jacques Prévert, French translation), E・ratio, 2015

  • “Joshua’s Bright Lily,” Josephine Quarterly, 2014

  • “Let the Great World Spin,” Chariton Review, vol. 36, no. 1, 2013, p. 82

  • “Beneath the City’s Filthy Blazon,” Ping Pong, 2012, pp. 150-51

  • “Our Rome,” Anemone Sidecar, 2011, pp. 5–6

  • “Colloquium in Snow,” H_ngm_n, 2010

  • “St. Teresa’s Ecstasy,” Pank, no. 2, 2008, pp. 26-7

  • “It’s Spring, James Schuyler,” Court Green, no. 3, 2006, p. 1

  • “Four Statements on the Dance,” Ambit (UK), no. 179, 2005, pp. 54-5

  • “Everything as It Should Be,” Poet Lore, vol. 99, nos. 1-2, 2004, pp. 19-20

Creative Nonfiction in Anthologies

Book Reviews in Journals

  • Review of Its Ghostly Workshop, by Ron Smith, Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 19, no. 2, 2018, pp. 309-14

  • “Further Uplands and in More Wide-Lying Pastures,” Review of In the Marble of Your Animal Eyes, by Nathan Hauke, Drunken Boat, 2014

  • Review of Speech Acts, by Laura McCullough, Word For/Word: A Journal of New Writing, 2011

  • Review of You Are a Little Bit Happier Than I Am, by Tao Lin, Pleiades, vol. 28, no. 1, 2008, pp. 279-83

  • Review of A Green Light, by Matthew Rohrer, Prairie Schooner, vol. 80, no. 1, 2006, pp. 213-15

  • Review of Fa(r)ther Down, by Arielle Greenberg, Pleiades, vol. 25, no. 1, 2005, pp. 142-45

  • Review of This Is How I Speak: The Diary of a Young Woman, by Sandi Sonnenfeld, Quarterly West, 2005, pp. 127-28


“Toward a Poetics of Building: Ronald Johnson’s Ark and the Watts Towers of Sabato Rodia,” Twenty-Ninth Annual Far West Popular Culture Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 25 Feb. 2017

“‘O! Nothing earthly save the ray’: The Dis-Unity of Effect in Edgar Allan Poe’s Poetry,” Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, New York, NY, 27 Feb. 2015

“Poetry Craft Session: Two Heads Are Better Than One—The Poem, the Poet, and the Other,” The Ocean State Summer Writing Conference, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 26 June 2010

“American Made Terrain: Place, Love and Family in Original Short Fiction and Poetry,” 7th Annual Louisiana Conference on Language and Literature, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, 22 Feb. 2008

“Multifield/Visual/MediaPoetics,” Attention Inattention: Critique and Create Conference, University of Denver, Denver, CO, 8 Oct. 2005


West End Festival of the Arts, New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch, NJ, 26 Sept. 2018

Faculty Exhibition, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, 25 Aug.-4 Oct. 2017

A Night of Hijinx: Interim and Barrow Street Present, Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA, 2 April 2016

Couplet Reading Series, New York, NY, 4 Jan. 2014

Visiting Writers Series, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV, 18 Nov. 2013

National Poetry Month Reading, Middletown Public Library, Middletown, NJ, 22 April 2012

The New Yinzer Presents, Modern Formations Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 19 May 2011

The Ocean State Summer Writing Conference, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 26 June 2010

“You Are Not Alone: Six-Word Memoirists at the Highline Ballroom,” Highline Ballroom, New York, NY, 30 May 2009

Faculty Reading Series, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, 7 Nov. 2008

Ear Inn Reading Series, New York, NY, 17 Feb. 2007

Cabaret Voltage Reading Series, Salt Lake City, UT, 30 Aug. 2006


Reader, 805 Lit + Art, Manatee County Public Library System, 2019

Associate Editor, InterimUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2017-18

Faculty Advisor, Shift: A Journal of Literary Oddities, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2017

Assistant Editor, Interim, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2014-17

Managing Editor, Interim, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2013-14

Poetry and Nonfiction Editor, WitnessBlack Mountain Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2013-14

Assistant Poetry Editor, Witness, Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2012-13

Contest Judge, Shuf Poetry Contest, Shuf Poetry2012-13

Manuscript Screener, Alice James Books, 2010-11

Faculty Editor, Café Blah Blah, Monmouth Academy, 2004-07

Assistant Director, New Issues Press (scholarly monographs), Western Michigan University, 2002

Associate Editor, New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 2000-08

Co-founder, Editor, Blue Night Press, Kalamazoo, MI, 1991-2001


Academy of American Poets

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Modern Language Association

National Council of Teachers of English

Poe Studies Association

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