Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Ph.
won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and was named a Michigan Notable Book. in fiction from Bowling Green State University and his Ph. in creative writing from Western Michigan University.
Poets-in-Print Reading Series Coordinator (2014-2017) The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (Kalamazoo, MI) — Organized, scheduled, marketed, and executed local community-based reading series seeking to encourage intersections between visual and literary arts, featuring such acclaimed poets as Diane Seuss, Kathy Fagan, Sarah Messer, Daniela Olszewska, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Iliana Rocha, Christopher Kempf, Rochelle Hurt, and others.
— Operated costs within allotted book arts center budgetary constraints.
— Collaborated with book arts center staff and artists to ensure creation of original, unique broadsides for each visiting author’s work.
— Hired and supervised student-intern staff to work on promotion and execution of reading series events.— Reviewed poetry collections for the journal’s website.Poetry & Prose Selection Assistant (2004-2006) (Nashville, TN) — Read and evaluated poetry and prose content for university’s burgeoning journal, featuring creative writing by undergraduate students. Poetry Editor & Associate Poetry Editor (2013-2015) (Kalamazoo, MI) — Selected poetry content via online submissions system. — Submitted proper paperwork to editors, providing recommendations for publication.Curriculum Development Coordinator (2013-2017) Western Michigan University Writing Center (Kalamazoo, MI) — Collaborated with the center’s director, assistant director, and writing consultants to create original handouts and materials on topics as varied as standardized testing prep, resume and cover-letter genres, and common grammatical/syntactical issues.— Developed content for the center’s new website, which provides updated resources and information to the center’s students, faculty, staff, and community clientele.— Worked with editorial staff to attain an Ohio Arts Grant.— Selected poetry to nominate for various awards and anthologies, including (Lawrence, KS) — Read and evaluated poetry chapbook submissions. — Provided the staff with updates on issue content in the poetry genre. — Managed submissions review process for associate and assistant poetry editors.