I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. My research interests range from gaming studies and travel literature to contemporary poetry and environmental writing. Prior to teaching at Flagler College, I was co-coordinator of the Face-to-Face (F2F) Writers’ Studio, an innovative composition option at Arizona State University. A first-generation college student, I hold graduate degrees in English and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University, Florida State University, and the University of South Florida.
A poet and essayist, my recent writing appears in Hunger Mountain, Watershed Review, the Florida Review, and the South Atlantic Review. I also have served a variety of community roles. From 2019-2021, I was as a docent with the Phoenix Art Museum, specializing in photography and contemporary portraiture. From 2010-2019, I was the production and audio editor for The Cortland Review. I also performed for a year in the Jack Haskin’s Flying High Circus, displaying feats of strength and balance.
Born and raised in Palatka, a small Florida river town, I aspire to empower writers, readers, and students to use language as a tool for enjoyment, insight, remembrance, understanding, and change.