I’m a writer and a writing teacher. My first full-length collection, Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), was selected by Alex Lemon for the National Poetry Series, and my chapbook Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018) won the Black River Chapbook Competition. My second full-length collection, Pocket Universe, is forthcoming from LSU Press in Spring 2022. Along with poet Emily Pérez, I’m the editor of The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood, which will be published by UGA Press in Spring 2022.
My poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Pleiades, The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. I’ve been the recipient of a Walter E Dakin Fellowship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.
I teach at Stockton University, where I’m Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year Studies. I also lead community writing workshops and lifelong learning courses, most recently at the Cooper Street Writing Workshops at Rutgers-Camden, the Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning, and Blue Stoop. This July, I’ll be leading a workshop, “Hermit Crabs and the Art of the Personal Essay,” for Murphy Writing’s Midsummer Online Writing Getaway.
I’m also an essayist, and I’m working on a narrative nonfiction book about attachment parenting and what animals can teach us about what’s really “natural” about motherhood. I’ve recently published review-essays on the whiteness of the motherhood memoir and the political nature of motherhood at Electric Literature. I have craft essays in Poets & Writers, Brevity, The Adroit Review, in Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Poets, and elsewhere. The Millions recently published a guide to poetry book contracts that I wrote.
In addition to my creative work, I hold a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, and my research interests include literacy studies, writing studies, writing pedagogy and creative writing pedagogy, and community literacy. “‘The Spirit of our Rural Countryside’: Toward an Extracurricular Pedagogy of Place,” was published in the Community Literacy Journal’s Spring 2019 issue. “‘The Advantages of Knowing How to Read and Write’: Literacy, Filmic Pedagogies, and the Hemispheric Projection of U.S. Influence,” co-written with Christa Olson, was originally published in Literacy in Composition Studies, and was selected for the Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2017. A new article, “The Extracurriculum of Creative Writing,” which argues that the emergent field of Creative Writing Studies should broaden its focus to include research and pedagogy in community writing spaces, was recently published in The Journal of Creative Writing Studies.
I write the weekly newsletter Write More, Be Less Careful, a series of interviews, essays, and tips about why writing is hard and how we can do it anyway. It’s an extension of The Up Drafts, the column I wrote for PANK over the last year or so, and it continues my obsession with creativity, productivity, writing process, and getting unstuck.
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I’d love to come read or lead a workshop at your reading series or class!