I received my MFA at Washington University in Saint Louis and my Ph.D. in English, with Creative-Writing dissertation, at University of Tennessee where I am a post-doctoral lecturer. I study poetics and the Victorian Novel with an emphasis on place, the environment, and labor. My articles have appeared in Dickens Studies Annual and George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies.

My fiction and poetry explore the rural landscape and labor, subjects I see as underrepresented in contemporary writing.


  • Ph.D. in English with Creative-Writing Dissertation (Fiction), University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction), Washington University in Saint Louis.

  • B.A. in English with General Honors, Vassar College.

Other Publications

Short Fiction 

  • “Dear Kay.” Witness Magazine, vol. 32, no. 2, Winter 2019.

  • “Lettie from the Ocean.” Drunken Boat, issue 22, 2015. 

  • “They Won’t Take Your Ideas.” Drunken Boat, issue 18, 2013. 

  •  “The Half-Glass Bed.” cream city review, A. David Schwartz Fiction Prize, vol. 36, no. 1, 2012, pp. 177–191.

  • “Present Blusters.” Konundrum Engine Literary Review, February 2009.

  • “A Hasty Conversion.” Crossing Rivers into Twilight, February 2009. 

  •  “The River Beautiful.” Konundrum Engine Literary Review, Fall 2006. 

  • “Bad Trip.” Memorious, Spring 2005.

  • “The Movie Star.” DIAGRAM, issue 2, no. 5, Fall 2002.

Poetry and Prose Poetry

  • “Get In,” “Come On, Landscape!” and “Analogous.” DIAGRAM, issue, 9, no. 3, June 2019.

  • “Communications for Health-Care Worker.” Fourteen Hills, vol. 25, 2019, pp. 22-24.

  • “Roller-skating in a Redlined Neighborhood.” descant, Fall/Winter 2018.

  • “Went to Tennessee.” Permafrost Magazine, issue 40, no. 2, Summer Online 2018.

  • “Lyme Disease.” Sonora Review, vol. 71, Fall/Winter 2016, p. 27.

  •  “Georgia on Forty-Fourth” and “Undertow.” DIAGRAM, issue 16, no. 14, August 2016.

  • “Day Off.” Judged by Marilyn Hacker, et al. The Hippocrates Prize: The Winning and Commended Poems. The Hippocrates Press, 2012. p. 78.

  • “Key.” DIAGRAM, issue 6, no. 5, Fall 2006.

  • “Record” and “Employee of the Months.” Can We Have Our Ball Back? Summer 2004.

  • “A Lapse.” 42opus, Summer 2003.

  •  “Mandatory Audiotape.” Square Lake, Fall 2002, pp. 46-7. 


  • “Key.” DIAGRAM III. Edited by Ander Monson, Del Sol Press, 2008, p. 243.

  • “The Movie Star.” DIAGRAM: An Anthology of Text, Art and Schematic. Edited by Ander Monson, Del Sol Press, 2003, p. 215.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Peter Capuano’s Changing Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body. Victoriographies, vol. 7, no. 2, 2017, pp. 180-3.

  • Review of Anna Henchman’s The Starry Sky Within: Astronomy and the Reach of the Mind in Victorian Literature, George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies, vol. 67, no. 1, 2015, pp. 76–80.

  • Review of Hilda Hilst’s With My Dog-Eyes, Rain Taxi, vol. 20, no. 1, Spring 2015, p. 25.

  • Review of Juliet Patterson and Rachel Moritz’s Elementary Rituals/Dirge, DIAGRAM, issue 14, no. 1, 2013.

  • Review of Kate Bernheimer’s The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold, Rain Taxi, Online Edition, Summer 2012. 

  • Review of Amy King’s Kiss Me with the Mouth of Your Country, Tarpaulin Sky, Spring 2008.

  • Review of Mark Nowak’s ¡Workers of the Word, Unite and Fight!, Tarpaulin Sky, Fall 2006.


Blog Posts


    • Association of Writers and Writing Programs

    • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies

    • Modern Language Association

    • National Book Critics Circle

    • North American Victorian Studies Association


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