EDUCATION:

Columbia College Chicago [Columbia] (2008-Present)

      -MFA in Fiction Writing received in May 2012

      -MA in the Teaching of Writing received in May 2013



University of Missouri-Kansas City [UMKC] (2004-06)

      -MA in English with Emphasis in Creative Writing received in December 2006

Park University [Park] (2001-03)

      -BA in English with Emphasis in Writing received in May 2003

Johnson County Community College [JCCC] (2000-01)

      -AA in Liberal Arts received in May 2001

EXPERIENCE: 

Instructor, Writing & Rhetoric and fiction tutoring at Columbia (2008-11)

Story Workshop® Director, Chicago Public Schools (Spring 2010)

Instructor, English Composition and Technical Writing at UMKC (2004-08)

      -Graduate Teaching Assistant (2004-06)

Assistant, New Letters magazine at UMKC (2005-06)

      -Editorial work for the award-winning book of essays, New American Essays

Editor, The Scribe, Park’s journal of creative student writing (2002-03)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

Synthesizing Process- & Product-Oriented Creative Writing Pedagogies

      -Works in Progress: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

   University of Cincinnati (June 1, 2012)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Team Leader, Columbia College Chicago-Bath Spa University Creative Writing Exchange (2011) 

-I spent time at the university and literature festival in Bath, England, served as liaison for the American group, as co-editor of the collaborative pedagogical essay, and participated in a panel at Story Week 2011.   

Columbia’s Semester in L.A.: Adaptation Program (2011) 

-I made contacts in the film industry, wrote coverage for scripts and books, as well as a film treatment for my novel, Laying Lincoln Down, and pitched that project to studio executives.  

Freelance editing of a teen author’s novel (2008-09)

Faculty Representative, UMKC English Graduate Student Association (2006-07) 

-I attended faculty meetings, EGSA meetings, Graduate Committee meetings, and served as a liaison between the groups.

BOOKS UNDER CONTRACT:

Laying Lincoln Down—1861 (graphic novel) 

Wicker Park Press, Eric Lincoln Miller (Editor)

PUBLICATIONS:

Laying Lincoln Down (novel excerpt), Hair Trigger 34 (2012)

The Emperor of the Universe (creative nonfiction), Hair Trigger 33 (2011) 

Cavewoman (fiction), Mad Licks #2 (Fall 2010)

A Letter (to Chicago Dept. of Streets & Sanitation), Journal of Need & Want (Fall 2010)

Mother at the Polling Station (fiction), Zine Columbia (Winter 2011, Summer 2010) & 2009 Story Week Reader (http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Fiction_Writing/Publishing_Lab/SWR/SWR2009.php)

Drinking a Beer with Your Ex-Girlfriend’s Fiancée (one-act play), The Scribe (2003)

READINGS:

Laying Lincoln Down (novel excerpt), Story Slam at Kansas City Arts Bar (2013)

Laying Lincoln Down (novel excerpt), Manifest at Columbia (2012)

Stoning a Squirrel (creative nonfiction), Neutron Bomb Reading Series (2012)

The Gamble (on-the-spot writing competition), Revolutions Reading Series: 

Halloween Edition (2011)

Praying on the Beach (creative nonfiction), Story Week 2011

Cavewoman (fiction), Silver Tongue Reading Series (2010)

A Letter, Journal of Need & Want launch party (2010)

Back on Track in Tennessee and Sliders (creative nonfiction), Printer’s Row Literary Festival in Chicago (2010)

Laying Lincoln Down (novel excerpt), Story Week 2010

The Emperor of the Universe (creative nonfiction), Chicago Public Radio (2010)

Mother at the Polling Station (fiction), Story Week 2009

The Rise of Ignatius Corbett (fiction), Working Words (2006)

So, There’s Two Guys at a Bar (one-act play), Park University Theatre (2003), 

UMKC English Department Symposium (2004)

RECOGNITION:

Laying Lincoln Down included in article, Hail to the Chief, The Kansas City Star, 

FYI section (Feb. 15, 2013)

Albert P. Weisman Award for Laying Lincoln Down (graphic novel), Columbia (2012)

Excellence in Teaching Award, Columbia, Nomination (2010)

National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Competition, Evanston Chapter, 2nd Prize (2010)

Follett Fellowship, Columbia (2008-09)

Mary Barlow Writing Award, Park (2003)