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EDUCATION

Ph.D., English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, May 2014

M.F.A., Creative Writing-Poetry, University of Florida, May 2007

B.A., English, Auburn University, December 2004, magna cum laude

BOOK PUBLICATIONS

Anthology: Curating Home. Eds. Jose Faus, Marianne Kunkel, and Glenn North. Kansas City, MO, Woodneath Press, forthcoming April 2021.

Book: Hillary, Made Up. Nacogdoches, TX, Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2018.

Anthology: The Best of The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series. Eds. James Engelhardt and Marianne Kunkel, with an introduction by Hilda Raz. Lincoln, NE, University of Nebraska Press, 2013.

Chapbook: The Laughing Game. Georgetown, KY, Finishing Line Press, 2012.

PUBLICATIONS IN JOURNALS

“Reverence.” Rattle, forthcoming 2021.

“Salvation” and “Tent to Tent.” I-70 Review, September 2020.

“Infertility” and “The Doubter’s Ledger.” Sprung Formal, May 25, 2020.

“Wonder.” Featured poem for National Poetry Month, an online project of The Story Center, Mid-Continent Public Library, April 15, 2020.

“Powder to Hillary” and “Tweezers to Hillary.” Nebraska Quarterly, September 2018.

“White Eyeliner to Hillary,” “Brow Brush to Hillary,” “Mascara to Hillary,” “Eye Shadow to Hillary,” “Retexturizing Cream to Hillary,” “Lip Gloss to Hillary,” “Scrunchie to Hillary” and “Butterfly Clip to Hillary.” The Punch Magazine’s World Poetry Portfolio, June 30, 2018.

“False Eyelashes to Hillary” and “Nail Polish to Hillary.” Cimarron Review, Summer 2018.

“Lip Liner to Hillary.” Prairie Schooner, Spring 2018.

“Brow Pencil to Hillary.” The Missouri Review, Feb. 5, 2018.

“Scraps” and “Sariah Complains over Lunch.” Bosque, Summer 2016.

“Abish Teaches Me to Run.” Chicago Quarterly Review. Summer 2016.

“Naming Nephi’s Wife.” Notre Dame Review, Winter 2014-15.

“Notes to my Mormon Grandmother.” North American Review, Spring 2015.

“Homeschooled.” Verse Daily, Jan. 16, 2014.

“I Guess.” Rattle, Winter 2013.

“Coretta Scott King as a Young Girl.” Phoebe, Spring 2013.

“Overcast.” The Southeast Review, Spring 2013.

“Boisterous.” Mid-American Review, Spring 2013.

“Homeschooled.” Cimarron Review, Spring 2013.

“Too Close” and “Young Brats at the Piano.” New Madrid, Winter 2012.

“Love as a Young Girl.” cream city review, Spring 2012.

“Tub Home.” Yemassee, Spring 2012.

“Keep Away,” “Noah’s Wife,” and “To Pee or not to Pee.” Portland Review Online, Fall 2011.

“New Arrivals.” Birmingham Poetry Review, Spring 2012.

“Blue Bistro & Grill.” River Styx, Winter 2011.

“Sunshine Day Care.” Hayden’s Ferry Review, Winter 2011.

“My Summer Fling with Abraham Lincoln.” Blue Mesa Review, Spring 2011.

“Hurricane Audrey.” Columbia Poetry Review, 2011.

“Why I Loved I Love Lucy.” Poet Lore, Spring/Summer 2011.

“I Lie to You, Baby.” New South, Summer 2010.

“A Sloth First Hears its Name.” Rattle, Summer 2010.

“Children’s Menu.” RHINO, 2009.

“Sunday School.” THEMA, Summer 2009.

“Before I was Born,” “Exquisite,” and “Torpor.” Passages North, Winter 2007.

“Where to Look.” 32 Poems, Spring 2007.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Associate Professor of English, Department of English and Modern Languages, Missouri Western State University, 2020 – present

Assistant Professor of English, Department of English and Modern Languages, Missouri Western State University, 2014 – 2020

Instructor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of English, 2009 – 2014

Writing Center Tutor, Southeast Community College, Department of English, Summer 2011

Instructor, University of Florida, Department of English, 2005 – 2007

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

Executive Board Member, Kansas City Voices Youth and Kansas City Voices, 2020 – present

Editor-in-Chief, The Mochila Review, Missouri Western State University, Department of English and Modern Languages, 2014 – present

Faculty Advisor, Reach, Department of English and Modern Languages, Missouri Western State University, 2014 – present

Guest Editor, Prairie Lands Writing Project (PLWP) Writing Retreat, Conception, MO, 2017 – present

Managing Editor, Prairie Schooner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of English, 2011 – 2014

Managing Editor, African Poetry Book Fund, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of English, 2012 – 2014

Book Prize Coordinator, Prairie Schooner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of English, Fall 2011

Acquisitions Intern, University of Nebraska Press, Summer 2010

Editor, Naylor Publications LLC, 2007 – 2009

Editorial Intern, University Press of Florida, Spring 2007

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“The PushMePullMe of Advising Lit Journals: Publishing While Getting Published.” The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Portland, OR, March 29, 2019.

“Making a Mark: On-the-Ground Marketing for a Campus Literary Journal.” College Media Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2016.

“The Value of the Print Journal in a Digital Age.” College Media Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2016.

“Knowing and Growing the Readership of a Literary Journal.” College Media Association, Atlanta, GA, October 2016.

“Room for Everyone: Editing a Literary Journal with a Focus on Diversity.” College Media Association, Atlanta, GA, October 2016.

“Writing the Hard Thing: A Reading by Three Women Authors (Poetry and Creative Nonfiction).” North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing and Literature, Conference, Cedar Falls, IA, June 2015.

“Writing the Hard Thing: Advice for Creative Writers with Ambitious Subjects.” North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing and Literature Conference, Cedar Falls, IA, June 2015.

“The Beat of the Drum: Drumming up Campus-wide Interest in a University Literary Journal.” North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing and Literature Conference, Cedar Falls, IA, June 2015.

“How a Literary Journal can Catch up and Stay Ahead in a Digital World.” North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing and Literature Conference, Cedar Falls, IA, June 2015.

“Literature on Air.” The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 2015.

“To E, or Not to E: Journals in the 21st Century.” The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Seattle, WA, April 2014.

“Every Calling is Great when Greatly Pursued: Managing and Motivating Editorial Volunteers.” The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Boston, MA, February 2013.

“Under New Management: The Literary Journal in a Changing World.” The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, IL, February 2012.

AWARDS, NOMINATIONS, AND GRANTS

Artist INC Participant, Kansas City, Missouri, Mid-American Arts Alliance, 2020

Missouri Humanities Council Grant for “The Mochila Review Presents: In the Shadow of Deb Olin Unferth,” Spring 2020

Phillip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award Finalist for Hillary, Made Up, University of Central Arkansas, 2020

James V. Mehl Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship, The Missouri Western Foundation, April 2019

Missouri Western State University Arts Society Grant for “Verse & Twirl: An Evening with Kwame Dawes and MWSU Dancers,” Spring 2019

Women of Excellence Award Nomination in the Women in the Workplace Category, YWCA St. Joseph, June 2018

“Most Influential Professor” Award, Missouri Western State University Honors Committee, 2018

Missouri Humanities Council Grant for “The Mochila Review Presents: In the Shadow of Melissa de la Cruz,” Spring 2018

“Most Influential Professor” Award, Missouri Western State University Honors Committee, 2017

“Most Influential Professor Award,” Missouri Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor and Scholarship Society, 2016

Council of Chairpersons Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Missouri Western State University, August 2016

Missouri Humanities Council Grant for “The Mochila Review Presents: In the Shadow of Ellen Hopkins,” Spring 2016

Missouri Humanities Council Grant for “The Mochila Review Presents: In the Shadow of Taylor Mali,” Spring 2015

Sewanee Writers’ Conference Participant, The University of the South, August 2013

John W. Robinson Prize Nomination, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of English, for the scholarly essay “Out of Sympathetic Reach: Wordsworth’s Fabricated Memory of Girlhood,” 2011

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Award, Third Place, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of English, 2010

Othmer Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of English, 2009-2012