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My love for teaching writing and literature comes out of my own life
and experience. I read constantly, and I write poetry, fiction, and
nonfiction. I teach classes involving all three genres, and I’ve
published work in all three genres. Word Poetry published two books of
my poems, Believing Their Shadows (2011) and Mother’s Maiden Name (2013). A critical book I wrote about the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop is entitled Inscrutable Houses: Metaphors of the Body in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop
and was published by the University of Alabama Press. My poems, short
stories, and essays have appeared in several journals, including Bellevue Literary Review, California Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, and The Madison Review.
I’ve been a member of the staff of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Workshop and
a visiting professor of American Literature at the University of
Granada in Spain.
Introduction to PoetryIntroduction to Short StoryApproaches to LiteratureBritish Literature ISeminar in CompositionIntroduction to the NovelStudies in LiteratureLinguistics 101
Ph.D., English and American Literature, University of DelawareMaster of Arts, University of DelawareBachelor of Arts, Immaculata University
Houses: Metaphors of the Body in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop. London
and Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997.
Books of Poetry
Mother’s Maiden Name. Word Poetry, 2013.
Believing Their Shadows. Word Poetry, 2010.
Occupation, Mother’s Maiden Name. Winner of The Dogfish Head Poetry
Contest. Annapolis: Bay Oaks Publishers, 2007. Judge: Grace
Cavillieri. Washington, D.C.
Twenty Poems: An Online Chapbook. The Poets. Alsop Review, Spring 2003. Book Chapters
Sea as the ‘Ultimate Other’ in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop.” Reading
the Sea: New Essays on Sea Literature. Ed. Kevin Boon. N.Y.: SUNY
Maritime Press, 1999.
“W. D. Snodgrass, Walt Whitman and the
Shaping of the American Conscience.” Tuned and Under Tension: The Work
of W.D. Snodgrass. Ed. Philip Raisor. Newark: University of Delaware
“‘Awful but Cheerful’: The Life of Elizabeth Bishop.” American National Biography. London: Oxford University Press, 1998.
“Discovering the Voices of Biblical Women.” The Writing Room. Ed. Eve Shelnutt. Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 1989.Articles
“What Writers Can Learn from Actors,” Master Writer’s Blog: Superstition Review, October, 2018.
“Slender Graces: A Review,” Poet Lore, 2005.
“The Paradox of the Isolated Body,” Branches Quarterly, January 2002.
“The One That Got Away: Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Damned Fish.’” Journal X, Spring 1999.
“The Shape of Conversion.” Connecticut Review, Spring 1999.Short Stories
“Explain,” Bellevue Literary Review, November 2016. —Nominated for Pushcart Prize
“Nine Months,” Superstition Review, November 2016.
“Betrayal,” The Bangalore Review, 2015.
“Breaking In,” Forge, January 2015.
Excerpt from the novel Holy Day, Philadelphia Stories, 2014.
“On the Strand,” Birmingham Arts Journal, 2014.“Fluency,” Prick of the Spindle, 2014.
“See Me,” Cobalt Press, 2014.
“Sympathy,” The Valley Review, 2014.
“Sister,” Fiction Attic Press, 2013.
“Produce Boy,” Gargoyle Magazine, 2013.
“The Wallpaper Man,” The Broadkill Review, July 2007.
“The Man Who Fell in Love with the Sea: A Fable.” Octavo, Summer 2006.
2008: Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Staff Member. Fiction.
2007: Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Staff Member. Fiction.
2006: Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Staff Member. Poetry.
2005: Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Workshop participant in Michael Collier’s poetry workshop.
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