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EDUCATION

MFA  Creative Writing, Butler University, 2016

            Thesis: Only One Went Through the Green Door, Chair: Alessandra Lynch

            4.0 GPA

BA      English, Indiana University, 2001

            3.82 GPA

  • Dean’s List for Academic Excellence, Indiana University
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, Indiana University
  • Academic Scholarship

CURRENT POSITION

Programs Manager, Indiana Writers Center, 2015-Present. Works with the Executive Director to coordinate IWC programs, provide strategic guidance for new programs, develop relationships with community partners, strengthen IWC brand, and explore new ways to connect with a wider audience. Responsible for day-to-day operations and fiscal accounting.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor, Butler University, Writing for Wellness, Eskenazi Hospital Community Writing Workshop

Instructor, Indiana Writers Center, Julian Center, Memoir Project Writing Group

Instructor, Indiana Writers Center, various community workshops

Instructor, Write to Thrive, therapeutic writing with victims of rape and assault, the Julian Center

GRANTS

Project Director, Humanities Initiative Grant, Indiana Humanities, 2017.

Project Director, Quantum Leap Grant, Indiana Humanities, 2018.

Project Director, Humanities Initiative Grant, 2018.

PUBLICATIONS

Poetry:

“I brush my hair to shed the dead,” South Dakota Review 54.2, Spring 2019.

“Iron Shoes,” South Dakota Review 54.2, Spring 2019.

“It Cannot Be Called Ambition,” South Dakota Review 54.2, Spring 2019.

“In the Shadow of the Headless Muse,” Indiana Humanities Poetry Blog, April, 29, 2017.

“Childhood,” Radar Poetry 12, 2016.

“Homeless,” Radar Poetry 12, 2016.

“I Cannot Drive to Her House,” Radar Poetry 12, 2016.

“Linda,” Radar Poetry 12, 2016.

“Make,” Radar Poetry 12, 2016.

“The Road,” Radar Poetry 12, 2016.

“My Locks Tangle in the Manhole Cover,” Wabash Watershed, July 2014.

Awards in Poetry:

  • Finalist, Conniston Prize, Radar Poetry
  • First Place, Indiana Poetry Awards, Wabash Watershed
  • Third Place, Seventeen Magazine Fiction Contest

Nominations:

  • Pushcart Prize, “Childhood,” 2016.
  • Intro Arts Journal Awards, “For My Mother in the Drain,” 2013, and “The Rosary of Clipped Wings,” 2015.

Reviews:

Oliver Bendorf, The Spectral Wilderness, in Southeast Review 35.1, 2017.

Jennifer Givhan, Landscape with Headless Mama, in Red Paint Hill 12, 2016.

Amy Strauss Friedman, Gathered Bones are Known to Wander, in Red Paint Hill 12, 2016.

Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, in Nuvo Newsweekly, Vol. 27, No. 40, 2016.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING EXPERIENCE

Associate Editor, The Indianapolis Review, 2017-Present.

Editor, Joy Comes in the Morning: Writing through the Darkness at the Julian Center for Domestic

Violence, INwords Press, 2017.

Editor, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, INwords Press, 2016.

Poetry Editor, Booth: A Journal, Butler University, 2015-2016.

PUBLIC READINGS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Featured Poet, National Poetry Month, Indianapolis Artsgarden, April 2018.

Presenter, Emily Dickinson Day, Franklin Central High School, February 2018.

Featured Poet, Writers Resist, Indy Reads, November 2017.

Featured Poet, IPO, Indy Reads, September 2017.

Featured Poet, Poetry in the Afternoon, Bookmamas, April 2017.

Speaker, Ask an Expert Webinar Series, Indiana State Library, April 2016.

Speaker, To Kill a Mockingbird Screening Talk Balk, Central Library, January 2016.

Featured Poet, International Women’s Day Celebration, IUPUI, March 2014.

Discussion Leader, IMCPL Big Read & Great American Read, 2015-present.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Attended Community of Writers Poetry Workshop, Squaw Valley, CA, June 2015.

Attended The Home School Conference, Miami, FL, January 2016.

SERVICE:

IAC Grant Review Panel, Indiana Arts Commission, 2017 & 2019

Judge, Central Indiana Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 2016-2019

Member, Indy Literary Arts, 2016-Present