I’m from Hammond, Louisiana where I received B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU). During my graduate studies, I worked as a writing consultant and the executive editor for the campus journal of interdisciplinary creative arts, Manchac Review. My responsibilities as editor included solicitation, public relations, community outreach, event coordination, site design and maintenance, correspondence with printers, and design.
I earned a PhD in English (Creative Writing) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). As part of my graduate assistantship, I served as editor and editorial assistant for Arete and The Robert Frost Review. As an instructor while at USM and SLU, I taught composition, world literature, creative writing. My writing and research interests include ekphrasis, nature writing, film, surrealism, and the sublime. Some of my favorite poets are James Wright, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mary Ruefle, Pablo Neruda, Wallace Stevens, Frank O’Hara, Mary Oliver, Frank Stanford, and Sylvia Plath.
If you are interested in learning more about my educational, publishing, teaching, and professional experience, I can be contacted via the link at the top of the this page. Also consider watching this interview with Matthew Schmidt of 1-Week Critique if you’d like to hear an informal discussion about craft and revision.