M.F.A. Creative Writing: Poetry. New York University. Degree awarded January 2017. NYU Writers in the Public Schools Fellow, 2014-2016. Thesis advisor: Matthew Rohrer.
M.A. English Literature & Creative Writing: Poetry. University of California, Davis. May 2010. Fields of Study: 20th Century American Poetry, 20th Century Central & Eastern European Poetry, Paul Celan, Samuel Beckett. Thesis advisor: Joe Wenderoth. Committee members: Jeff Fort, Alan Williamson.
B.A. English, Emphasis in Creative Writing. University of California, Davis. June 2008. Minor: Psychology, Psychosocial track.
PUBLICATIONS (all of the noted poems are published in professionally edited literary journals)
“Unfinished Works.” Always Crashing. Issue 5. Summer 2022. Print.
Four Poems from The Pond I Found for Us. Always Crashing. Spring 2022. Online.
Five Poems from The Pond I Found for Us (full-length poetry manuscript). Blazing Stadium. Issue 17. October 2021. Online.
Two Poems. Prelude. January 2021. Re-publication of two poems in “Day” series in Sugar Factory. Online.
Brooklyn Poets “Poet of the Week.” May 4-10th. 2020. Online.
Three Poems. Trampoline: A Journal of Poetry. Spring 2020. Online.
“Mango Lemonade.” Cordella Magazine. Spring 2020. Print.
Three Poems. Luna Luna Magazine. Winter 2020. Online.
“In the Kitchen.” Edible Jersey. May/June 2019. Print and online.
Sugar Factory. Debut full-length collection of poems, including a series of twelve paintings by Sarah Riggs in conversation with the poems, and a co-written nonfiction text about the art collaboration. Spuyten Duyvil. January 2019.
Three Poems. Prelude. Winter 2019. Online.
“Inge Inge Ingeborg Bachmann.” Painted Bride Quarterly. December 2018. Print and online.
Co-Editor. Alphabet for the Entrants by Vasilisk Gnedov, translated by Emilia Loseva and Danny Winkler. Eastern European Poets Series, Ugly Duckling Presse. October 2018.
Co-Editor. Moss & Silver by Jure Detela, translated by Raymond Miller with Tatjana Jamnik. Eastern European Poets Series, Ugly Duckling Presse. May 2018. Starred Review in Publishers Weekly. Finalist, 2019 Best Translated Book Award from the Three Percent International Literature and Translation Program at the University of Rochester.
“Books to the Rescue: Emily Wallis Hughes Lifts Spirits of Sonoma County After Wildfires.” Poetry Foundation: Harriet Blog. Article by Harriet Staff. January 22, 2018.
“Demeter Demeter.” Suisun Valley Review. May 2017. Print.
“Hydrochloride Forest Treatment” & “This I.” Berkeley Poetry Review. May 2017. Print and online.
“The Myelin.” Elderly. April 2017. Online.
“Foreign.” Menage. April 2017. Online.
“It’s Clear” & “Hunting in January.” ZAUM 20th Anniversary Issue. April 2016. Print and online.
“Seamstress.” A Women’s Thing. March 2016. Print and online.
“Where Voices are Made, and Where They Find Us.” Teachers & Writers Magazine. June 12, 2015. Essay. Online.
Three Poems. Burning the Little Candle. Ad Lumen Press. March 2013. Print.
“Seen From the Kitchen.” Gigantic Magazine. December 2012. Short Prose. Print.
“Past Lovers, Visiting.” Sacramento News & Review. April 21, 2011. Print.
“Tuolumne.” Sacramento News & Review. August 21, 2008. Print.
Tamaas Earth Arts Justice fellowship. Summer 2019.
Summer Literary Seminars. Partial fellowship. June 2018.
Fulbright Applicant, recommended by New York University. Slovenia. October 2016.
Writers in the Public Schools Fellow. New York University Graduate Creative Writing Program. 2014-2016.
DISTINCTIONS & AWARDS
Finalist, Fence Modern Poets Series Prize. Distinction for Sugar Factory (full length poetry manuscript). October 2017.
Finalist, Tupelo Press Dorset Prize. Distinction for Sugar Factory (full length poetry manuscript). March 2017.
Jack Kerouac Poetry Prize. “Purim.” Davis Jazz Beat Festival. October 2013.
Discovered Voices Award Nominee, Iron Horse Literary Review. National, AWP-wide competition. May 2010.
Judge, Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize. State-wide competition for University of California undergraduates. Fall 2009.
Editorial Co-Director of FENCE and Fence Books. January 2022 – present.
Lead and guide independent nonprofit publisher Fence Magazine, Inc. with Editorial Co-Director Jason Zuzga. Provide vision and direction for 2022 and future years of Fence. Selected poet and scholar Edgar Garcia as 2022 Visiting Editor of Fence #40 and #41. Apply for grants, including the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council of the Art, and Community of Literary Magazines and Presses grants. Interview and secure poetry, fiction, and translation editors. Represent Fence at book fairs and festivals, including AWP 2022 in Philadelphia and the Brooklyn Book Fest. Design and layout Fence issues, beginning with Fence #39. Write section of Editors’ Note in Fence 39. Manage Fence finances. Pay editors, print contributors, The Constant Critic writers, and Fence Digital contributors. Meet with Fence bookkeeper monthly. Consult with board members. Cultivate relationships with donors. Build print and digital subscription numbers of Fence issues. Increase digital international distribution of Fence to international readers via Exact Editions. Manage database of subscribers and members. Manage distributor and printer relationships. Select new Editorial Advisors of Fence. Collaborate with Rebecca Wolff, 2022 Book Editor and Editor Emeritus of Fence. Select and edit 2023 Ottoline Poetry Prize winning book.
FENCE and Fence Books. Director of Distribution, Fence (print and digital editions of literary journal). Founder and Editor, Elecment. Co-Editor, Steaming (the online edition of Fence magazine). Co-Editor, The Constant Critic. September 2018 – present.
Collaborate with Fence magazine and Fence Books Founding Editor Rebecca Wolff and Fence Digital Editors to re-invigorate and integrate Constant Critic with Fence Digital. Create new feature in Fence Digital, Elecment, featuring hybrid creative-critical works.Perform all necessary editorial responsibilities of Editor of Elecment position, including solicitation, editing submissions, and copyediting. Copyedit, proofread, and publish Constant Critic long-form book reviews and criticism using WordPress. Contribute to creating membership model with Fence Editors for increased sustainability and development efforts. Copyedit and proofread Fence print literary magazine. Co-create Fence publicity materials for conferences and book festivals. Perform tabling responsibilities at book festivals with Rebecca Wolff and Fence editors. Lead distribution of Fence to bookstores in all 50 states via partnership with Small Press Distribution and Fence-direct distribution. Co-lead movement with Small Press Distribution to re-ignite reader interest in print literary journals. Direct distribution of Fence digital archive (1998-present) to academic and public libraries to increase national and international access.
Volunteer Assistant Editor, Ugly Duckling Presse. September 2016 – September 2018.
Work with Matvei Yankelevich on the editing, design, typesetting, development, and promotion of various titles in the Eastern European Poets Series. Write, prepare, and edit grant applications and grant reports. Publicize Second Printings of Poker by Tomaž Šalamun and A Science Not For the Earth by Yevgeny Baratynsky. Co-edit Raymond Miller and Tatjana Jamnik’s translation of Jure Detela’s Moss & Silver, published April 1, 2018. Co-edit Emilia Loseva and Danny Winkler’s translation of Vasilisk Gnedov’s Alphabet for the Entrants, published October 1, 2018. Proofread and assist with indexing of Emergency Index Volume 7, an annual anthology of international performance art.
Intern, Ugly Duckling Presse. March 2016 – September 2016.
Assist in all operations of a small, Brooklyn-based independent literary press including letterpress, typesetting, chapbook binding, book design, bookselling, proofreading, editing, event planning, publicity, and social media. Proofread Written in the Dark: Five Poets in the Siege of Leningrad, ed. by Polina Barskova. Teach Saturday volunteers how to fold, awl, and bind chapbooks. Sell books and promote UDP at national, regional, and local book fairs.
Anthology Editor-in-Chief, NYU Writers in the Public Schools and the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. September 2014 – May 2016.
Compile and edit anthologies of elementary school student fiction and poetry from NYU student teaching residencies at P.S. 110. Collaborate with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W), P.S. 110 teachers, NYU Writers in the Public School fellows, and NYU Writers in the Public Schools Fellowship Coordinator Zachary Sussman. Mentor and provide editorial guidance for incoming fellows.
COLLEGE TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Part Time Lecturer, Rutgers University—New Brunswick, Department of English; Writers House. September 2016 – present. English 211: Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry, Fiction, and Playwriting; English 209: Multimedia Creative Writing (collaborations course theme)
Create original course syllabus. Craft integrative lesson plans. Encourage and facilitate class discussion. Guide weekly writing workshop. Provide extensive written feedback on student poetry, prose, plays, and writing exercises. Hold office weekly office hours and meet with students by appointment. Conduct one-on-one student conferences. Utilize and create online class website through Sakai. Promote student participation and involvement in the Rutgers Writers House and New Brunswick literary communities. Judge fall and spring Rutgers Writers House undergraduate creative writing awards in poetry. Develop literary magazine, zine, small press, and independent publishing undergraduate course in collaboration with the Rutgers Initiative for the Book. Promoted to Part Time Lecturer 2 on July 1, 2022.
Adjunct Professor, Adelphi University, Department of English. August 2019 – December 2019. English 107: Art and Craft of Writing.
Create original course syllabus, using genre-based and process-based composition instruction models using reviews, op-eds, and the personal essay. Craft innovative lesson plans. Guide and facilitate class discussion. Provide extensive written feedback on students’ drafts. Hold office weekly office hours and meet with students by appointment. Conduct one-on-one student conferences. Utilize and create online class website through Moodle. Promote student participation and involvement in the Adelphi Department of English and Adelphi University literary and arts communities.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, Department of English. August 2016 – January 2018. First-year Writing Program: English 111: Introduction to College Writing; English 151: College Composition and Research
Teach college-level composition, rhetoric, and critical thinking. Promote and model integrity and a love of learning inside and out of the college classroom. Lead by example and provide caring support for students. Create handouts, writing exercises, and group activities. Utilize Blackboard. Provide detailed feedback on essays. Engage students by introducing and integrating art, literature, and creative writing into lesson plans and assignments.
Adjunct Instructor, New York University, Department of Creative Writing. September 2015 – December 2015. CRWRI-UA 815 Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction.
Create original course syllabus. Craft integrative lesson plans. Encourage and facilitate class discussion. Guide weekly writing workshop. Provide extensive written feedback on student poetry, prose, and writing exercises. Hold office hours weekly office hours and meet with students by appointment. Conduct one-on-one student conferences. Utilize and create online class website through NYU Classes learning management system. Promote student participation and involvement in the NYU and New York literary communities.
Assistant Adjunct Professor, American River College & Cosumnes River College, Los Rios Community College District, Department of English. January 2011 – June 2014.
Teach college-level composition, basic writing skills, and critical thinking. Promote and model integrity inside and out of the community college classroom. Lead by example and provide caring support for students. Create handouts, writing exercises, and group activities. Utilize learning management system ‘Desire 2 Learn’. Provide detailed feedback on essays. Engage students by introducing and integrating art, literature, and creative writing into composition classes.
Cosumnes River College
English Writing 41: Writing Skills
English Writing 101: Proficient Writing
English Writing 301: College Composition & Introduction to Literature
American River College
English Writing 43: Writing Skills Center
English Writing 102: Proficient Writing
English Writing 300: College Composition
English Writing 301: Advanced College Composition & Introduction to Literature
English Writing 302: Advanced College Composition & Critical Thinking
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)
WAC Infused English Writing 102 Learning Community
COMMITTEE & COLLEGE SERVICE, AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE:
Creative Writing Committee
Poem in Your Pocket Day Co-Coordinator
SummerWords: The American River College Creative Writing Colloquium; Planning Committee, Workshop Leader, Panel Facilitator.
Instructor, University of California, Davis, Department of English; Creative Writing Program. August 2009 – December 2009; March 2010 – June 2010. ENL 5P: Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
Create original course syllabus. Craft integrative lesson plans. Encourage and facilitate class discussion. Conduct weekly writing workshop. Provide extensive written feedback on poems and writing exercises. Hold office hours two times per week and meet with students by appointment. Conduct one-on-one student conferences. Utilize and create online class websites through UCD SmartSite learning management system (Sakai). Promote student participation and leadership in the Davis writing community.
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis, Department of English. March 2009 – June 2009; January 2010 – March 2010. ENL 40: Introductory Topics in Fiction: Alternative Love Plots. Professor Elizabeth Freeman; ENL 113A: Chaucer: The Minor Poems, Troilus & Criseyde. Professor Kendra Smith
Teach two weekly discussion sections. Create participatory lesson plans. Grade tests, quizzes, and papers. Instruct students in college-level writing skills. Consult with students during weekly office hours. Answer questions and communicate with students via email.
English 113A specific duties: Teach Middle English comprehension, speaking, and listening in discussion sections. Teach final review sessions.
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis, Department of Religious Studies. January 2009 – March 2009. RST 10: Introduction to Religious Studies: Death and the Afterlife (folklore and ghost stories course theme)
Create discussion section syllabus in consultation with supervising professor. Teach three discussion sections per week. Create engaging lesson plans based on lectures and assigned readings. Consult with students during weekly office hours. Grade papers, exams, and exercises. Teach college-level writing skills. Promote awareness and understanding of diverse belief systems, legends, and myths.
Intermediate Poetry Workshop. Professor Geoffrey Nutter. October 28, November 4, and November 11, 2019. New York University.
Intermediate Poetry Workshop. Professor Geoffrey Nutter. April 8, 2019. New York University.
PROFESSIONAL COURSE WORK
The Waldorf Approach Applied in the Public School Classroom. July 9-20, 2012. Rudolf Steiner College. Additional Independent Study completed for 6 semester units. July-October 2012. California State University, Sacramento.
ENL 391. Teaching Creative Writing. Professor Jack Hicks. Spring 2009. University of California, Davis.
ENL 393. Teaching Literature and Composition. Professor Elizabeth Freeman. Spring 2010. University of California, Davis.