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Education


Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing—Nonfiction, 2007

University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

Thesis: Burn: A Memoir

Advisor: David Gessner

Outstanding Thesis Award Winner


Bachelor of Arts, English—Creative Writing with a Minor in Film Studies, 2003

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

Thesis: Whistle: Stories, Essays, and Poems

Advisor: Gary Fincke

High Departmental Honors



Teaching Positions


Instructor, January 2015-present. Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Hollins

    University, Roanoke, VA.


Instructor, August 2013-present. Department of English, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA.


Instructor, August 2013-present. Department of English, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.


Instructor, January 2013-present. Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.


Instructor, January 2012-present. The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, James Madison    

    University, Harrisonburg, VA.


Teaching Assistant, 2004-07. University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.



Courses Taught


Hollins University

ENG 586: Advanced Studies in Creative Nonfiction (1 section)


James Madison University

GWRTC 103: Critical Reading and Writing (15 sections)

GHUM 200: Great Works of the American Civil War (1 section)

GHUM 200: Great Works of Appalachia (1 section)
ENG 391: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (8 sections)

ENG 493: Advanced Creative Nonfiction (1 section)


University of Virginia

ISHU 4176: The Civil War Novel, Summer 2013 (1 section)


Piedmont Virginia Community College

ENG 111: College Composition (4 sections)
ENF 3: Preparing for College English 3 (4 sections)


University of North Carolina Wilmington

ENG 110: Introduction to Literature (4 sections)
CRW 201: Introduction to Creative Writing (2 sections)

CRW 209: Introduction to Nonfiction Writing (4 sections)



Other Teaching Experiences


Instructor, June-August 2011. Four Star Camps at the University of  Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.


Instructor, July 2011. The Council for American Culture and Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville,

    VA



Campus Visits


Visiting Writer, Writer’s Week at University of North Carolina Wilmington, November 4, 2014.

Visiting Writer, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA, February 8-9, 2013.

Visiting Writer, Penn State University-Erie, Erie, PA, October 11-12, 2012.

Visiting Writer, Mountaintop Montessori School, Charlottesville, VA, September 18, 2012
Visiting Writer, Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA, May 5-6, 2011.

Visiting Writer, Writer’s Week at University of North Carolina Wilmington, November 3-5, 2010.
Visiting Writer, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, April 19-20, 2010.



Service Projects and Contest Judging


Finalist Judge, Word, Visual Art/Writing Show, Spitzer Art Center, Harrisonburg, VA, January 2015.

Panel Moderator, 5th Annual General Education Conference, James Madison University, October 10, 2014.

Induction Ceremony Speaker, Sigma Tau Delta, James Madison University, April 16, 2014

Panel Member, Travel Writing Panel, James Madison University, April 9, 2014.

Finalist Judge, Essay Magazine, Susquehanna University, 2014.
Finalist Judge, Penn State Erie Nonfiction Contest, 2013.
Panel Moderator, 4th Annual General Education Conference, James Madison University, October 4, 2013.
Preliminary Judge, 12th Annual Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizen Forum, James Madison University,    

    April 12, 2012.
Participant in Writers for the Red Cross fundraiser, March, 2011; critiqued a fiction manuscript for aspiring writer.
Finalist Judge, Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest, North Carolina Writers’ Network, 2011.



Editing, Publishing,, Journalism, and Digital Media Experience


Co-host and Co-Founder, Talus or Scree Podcast,

    www.talusorscree.com, August 2011-present


Social Media Director, Montebello Kitchens, Gordonsville, VA,

    February 2011-present


Managing Editor, Ecotone: Reimagining Place. University of North

    Carolina Wilmington, June 2006-June 2007.


Nonfiction Editor, Ecotone: Reimaging Place. University of North

    Carolina Wilmington, June 2005-June 2006.


Reporter, The Sentinel. Lewistown, PA, August 2003-June 2004.


Founding Editor and Fiction Editor, The Susquehanna Review.

    Susquehanna University, August 2002-May 2003.


Assistant Editor, The Apprentice Writer. Susquehanna University,

    August 2001-May 2003.