Curriculum Vitae


2015    Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Chapman University |Orange, California 
Creative Writing Grant Recipient, 2014

2015   Master of Arts in English
Chapman University |Orange, California
Elected representative, Graduate Student Council         

2006   Bachelors of Arts in English
Vanguard University |Costa Mesa, California

Achievements and Awards 

2020 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, Finalist
Judge: Wendy J. Fox
“S.O.S.” | Ruminate Magazine

2020 Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction, Finalist 
Judge: Kiese Laymon
“S.O.S.” | Yalobusha Review, Ole Miss

2020 VanderMey Nonfiction Contest, quarter-finalist
“The Art of Being Catfished in an AIM Conversation at Age 15 | Ruminate Magazine

2018 Best of the Net, nominated
“It’s Jazz Night” | COUNTERCLOCK

2018 Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Prize, first place and chapbook publication
“Roots Grew Wild” | Kingdoms in the Wild

2017 Best of the Net, nominated 
 “Your Mother’s Womb” | Rat’s Ass Review

2016 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, semi-finalist
judge: Alice Fulton 
“Cataphyll” | Ruminate Magazine

2014 Lorian Hemingway Prize for short fiction, honorable mention

2014 Creative Writing Research Grant recipient | Chapman University

College-Level Teaching Experience

2018 – present    Affiliate Faculty | Metropolitan State University
Denver, Colorado

2017 – present    Adjunct Instructor |  Red Rocks Community College
Lakewood, Colorado 

2016 – present   Adjunct Instructor | Morgan Community College
Fort Morgan, Colorado 

2014 – 2015        T.A. Creative Writing | Chapman University
Orange, California

Editorial Experience 


Freelance Writer and Editor
Various clients and projects

Ghostwriter | Gotham Ghostwriting

South Broadway Press | Denver, CO

Curator of the series: Lyric Essentials 
Sundress Publications | Knoxville, TN


2019 Editorial Intern
Sundress Publications | Knoxville, TN
Editing credit on the following books of poetry: Gender Flytrap by Zoë Estelle Hitzel; Dead Man’s Float by Ruth Foley; Lessons in Breathing Underwater by H.K. Hummel; JAW by Albert Abonado; Maps of Injury by Chera Hammon; Editing credit on the fiction contest manuscript winner: I Am Here to Make Friends by Robert J. Foreman; Editing credit on the anthology The Familiar Wild

2017 – 2018   Lead columnist and blogger | Denver, CO

2017   Copywriter
SDL Samsung | Boulder, CO

2015     Submissions manager, TAB
Chapman University |Orange, California 

2006 Editing team, Synecdoche
Vanguard University | Costa Mesa, California

Other Experience in Education

2015     Theory and Practice of Writing, Tutoring, and Conferencing
Chapman University |Costa Mesa, California

2014 – 2015     T.A., undergraduate creative writing, Advanced Poetry Workshop with Dr.  Anna Leahy 
Chapman University | Costa Mesa, California 

2014 Contributor of Book Reviews | The Compulsive Reader 

2011 – 2012 Private Tutor, 8-9th grade English, writing and literature
Providence, Rhode Island

2008 – 2014      Substitute Teacher K-12
San Jacinto School District | San Jacinto, California

2007 – 2008      Substitute Teacher K-12
Hemet Unified School District | Hemet, California 

2007      Substitute Teacher K-12 
Fountain Valley Unified School District | Fountain Valley, California

2007   Preliminary Student Teaching, 11-12th grade AP English
Estancia High School |Costa Mesa, California 

2006    Student Teaching coursework, 9-12th grade English
Hemet High School | Hemet, California 

2004 – 2006      Writing Center Tutor
Vanguard University | Costa Mesa, California

Professional Development and Certifications

2019 Best Practices for Creating Inclusive Online Spaces
UC Denver

2019 Finish Your Manuscript: Realities of the Marketplace
Lighthouse, Denver

2019 Teaching Effectiveness Institute
Metropolitan State University

2018 Negotiating the Hiring Process for Higher Ed
Metropolitan State University

2018 Roadrunners First Training Series 
Metropolitan State University 

2017  Quality Matters Workshop and Certification
Development of standards for online teaching 

Colorado Community College System   
2017   Accessibility Training
Ensuring all materials, specifically accessed online, are accessible to all students.

 Red Rocks Community College
2016 D2L Training 

 Morgan Community College
2016 WebEx certification 

Hemet Unified School District
2014 Keenan SafeSchools Online Training 
Education of highest standards of conducting a safe learning environment for all students in K-12 districts

Academic Conferences

2020 Midwest Popular Culture Association | Minneapolis, MN
Paper presentation: “Monstrous Masculinity: Defining the Gothic Origins of Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Toxic Male Tropes”

2020 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference | Denver, CO
Auditor: “Ghosts, Holobionts, and Superorganisms: Towards a Holographic Theory of the Political”
EDIT: postponed/cancelled do to COVID-19

2019     Denver Pop Culture Con |Denver, CO
Panelist & Moderator: “Using Pop Culture to Introduce Academic Concepts to College Students”
I presented as part of a panel with colleague Leah Rogin-Roper. My presentation focused on using the multi-modal text Buffy the Vampire Slayer to introduce and teach in-depth research analysis in lower level composition courses. 

2018     RRCC Annual Teaching and Learning Conference | Lakewood, CO

2017     RRCC Annual Teaching and Learning Conference | Lakewood, CO
Presenter: “The Intersectionality of Narrative Writing”
My presentation focused on the importance of centering composition courses with narrative forms, and how beginning the semester with self-reflective genres such as memoir writing help to ground students and build a community of writers, while establishing a foundation of writing practice and narrative inquiry that can be implemented across all writing genres and disciplines.