I am a native Floridian whose passion for literature and writing is seconded only by a Wordsworthian love of the outdoors. I believe that nature is so closely intertwined with language that these two elements complement each other; indeed, most of my writing deals with setting a great deal, as a character itself.
I received my Undergraduate degree in English from the University of South Florida, in Tampa, where I graduated magna cum laude from the Honors college, and completed a creative manuscript thesis of a novel, Secrets of the Wind.
After my undergraduate work, I moved to Hattiesburg to begin my Masters program at The University of Southern Mississippi in the Center for Writers under Steve Barthelme. After graduating, I was accepted to continue my Doctoral work, which I concluded in December 2020. My completed MA thesis is entitled, Crafting Iron and Other Stories. I teach first and second year Composition, including an expanded section, as well as World Literature and Technical Writing. I have served on the editing teams of both Mississippi Review and USM Product.
In September of 2020, I defended my creative dissertation entitled, Storm Chasers, a manuscript collection of stories involving themes of place and nature, and memory and trauma. Character internalization, vantage point, and movement are heavy characteristics of the works.
One of my favorite contemporary short story authors is Alice Munro; her ability to treat plot, as she says, as moving about rooms in a house, free to settle and simply be, is an outstanding characteristic of writing that I hope to one day emulate. Another favorite is Rick Bass, for his integration of the natural world as a character itself. My literary research includes Tolkien studies, Star Trek scholarship, pop culture studies, and Victorian Literature; my theory interests include Narrative, Gothic, and Feminist.
In 2021 I began work at Cedarville University, where I am an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing workshops, Composition, and Western Literature.
- Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
- The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
- The Monsters and the Critics by Tolkien
- Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro
- American Primitive by Mary Oliver
- For a Little While by Rick Bass
- Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade
- Dear Life by Alice Munro
- The Carrying by Ada Limón
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
- A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
- An American Map by Anne-Marie Oomen
- Flashes of War by Katey Schultz
- Matrix and Florida by Lauren Groff
Photo credit: Jaide Hollingsworth, 2020