Vita

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English, Lehigh University, May 2019                                               

M.A., English, Arcadia University, with high honors, 2009 

B.A., English and Business Management, Moravian College, Magna Cum Laude, 2004        

        

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

 Senior Teaching Fellow, English Department, Lehigh University, 2017 – 2019

Teaching Fellow, English Department, Lehigh University, 2012 – 2017

Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Northampton Community College, 2009 – 2012, summer 2013

Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Moravian College, 2010 – 2012

Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Lehigh Carbon Community College, 2009 – 2011

SCHOLARLY ARTICLES

Toward an Understanding of Helene Johnson’s Hybrid Modernist Poetics,” College Language Association Journal, vol. 61, issue 1-2, 2018

‘a solemn tortured shadow’: Helene Johnson’s Traumatic Pastoral,” under review at Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (ISLE)

HONORS AND AWARDS

Competitive Research Funding

College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Summer Fellowship, Lehigh University, 2018

Summer Research Grant, Humanities Center, Lehigh University, 2017

Dissertation Fellowship, English Department, Lehigh University, 2016

Summer Tuition Scholarship, English Department, Lehigh University, 2013

Creative Writing Competitions, Awards, and Fellowships

Nominee, Best New Poets 2019 Anthology for the poem “Palimpsest,” nominated by      Cumberland River Review

Finalist, “The Second Offer,” 2018 Rash Award in Poetry, Broad River Review, 2018

Nominee, 2018 Best of the Net Anthology for the poem “Commercial for a Midlife Crisis,” nominated by Crack the Spine Literary Magazine.

Finalist, November Weather Spell, Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest, Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2018

Finalist, November Weather Spell, Keystone Chapbook Award, Seven Kitchens Press, 2018

Finalist, House Bird, Gerald Cable Book Award, Silverfish Review Press, 2018

Featured Poet on “The Take,” in Mud Season Review, (June/July 2018)

Contest Winner, “Dumping Leaves,” Annual Poetry Contest, Third Wednesday, 2018

First Place, Poetry Writing Contest, Pennsylvania Writers Conference, Wilkes University, August 5-6, 2016

Second Place, Open Mic Competition, Pennsylvania Writers Conference, Wilkes University, August 5-6, 2016

Mountaintop Creative Writing Fellowship, Department of English, Lehigh University, Summer 2016

Showcase Poet, in The Aurorean, (Spring/Summer 2016)

Teaching Awards

Award for Excellence in Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member nominee, Northampton Community College, nominated, Spring 2011               

                                                                                                      

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Composition

“American Protest,” English 2, Lehigh University, Spring 2018       

“Place and Community,” English 2, Lehigh University, Spring 2017

“Write Local, Think Global,” English 1, Lehigh University, Fall 2016

“Reading for Social Justice,” English 1, Lehigh University, Fall 2015; Fall 2014

“Literature and the Environment,” English 2, Lehigh University, Spr. 2014, Spr. 2013

“Why Do We Write?” English 1, Lehigh University, Fall 2012; Fall 2013

“21st-Century American Controversies,” Writing 100, Moravian College, Spring 2012

“War Writing,” Writing 100, Moravian College, Spring 2010, Fall 2011

“College English 1,” Northampton Community College, Fall 2009 to Spring 2012

“Information Research Skills,” Lehigh Carbon Community College, Fall 2009, Spr. 2011

“Business and Report Writing,” Northampton Community College, Fall 2009 to Spring 2012, Summer 2013 (on-site and online sections)

Literature and Film

“Contemporary Poetics & Critical Reading,” Advanced Seminar, Lehigh University, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 (multiple sections)

“American Dream(s),” Advanced Seminar, Lehigh University, Spring 2015, Fall 2017 

“Feels Good to be a Gangster (on Screen),” Online Course, 100-level, Lehigh University, Summer 2016

“Survey Course, Literatures of English,” Northampton Community College, Fall 2009 to Spr. 2012

“Survey Course, Literatures of English,” Lehigh Carbon Community College, Spr. 2011 

Basic Writing Skills

“Fundamentals of Writing,” Lehigh Carbon Community College, Fall 2010

Creative Writing

 “Poetry Matters,” 100-level English course, Lehigh University, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

“Amaranth,” Faculty Advisor, Managing Editor, Lehigh University, Fall 2015; Spr. 2016; Fall 2016; Spring 2017

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Conference Presentations

“‘what is / a poet—if any / exists?’: Poets and Building Community,” Pennsylvania College English Association in Bethlehem, PA, March 23-25 2018 (also panel chair)

“‘I see the blade’: The Radical Nature of Jean Toomer’s Pastoral,” Humanities Center grant presentation, Lehigh University,in Bethlehem, PA March 20 2018

“‘Let Me Sing My Song’: Finding the Lost Voice of Helene Johnson,” American Literature Association in Boston, MA May 25-28 2017   

“Traumatic Pastoral: Working Through Helene Johnson’s ‘A Southern Road,’” Wednesdays at Drown, Lehigh University,in Bethlehem, PA October 12 2016

“From Egotism to Empathy: Diversifying the Millennial Generation in the College Classroom” Diverse Literacies Conference 2016 in Macungie, PA Sept 24 2016 (with Evan Reibsome )

“‘A solemn, tortured shadow in the air’: Helene Johnson’s Imagist Protest Poetry,”IX International Aldington Society & V International Imagism Conference in Philadelphia, PA June 30-July 2 2016

“Community Poetry,” Lehigh Grad Student and Alums Roundtable: From Theory to Practice. Lehigh University Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference in Bethlehem, PA, March 5 2016      

 “Robert Frost’s Pastoral: Uncommon Rural Labor and Common Connection,”Pennsylvania College English Association in Scranton, PA, October 1-3 2015

“‘weeds and shade’: Reconciling the Pastoral and Counter-Pastoral in Jean Toomer’s ‘Reapers’,” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Harrisburg, PA, April 3-6 2014

Conference Panels Chaired  

“New Directions in Sherwood Anderson,” American Literature Association Conference in Washington D.C., May 22-25 2014

DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

Guest Lecturer, Introduction to Poetry, English Department, Lehigh University, Nov. 2018

Organized Undergraduate Thesis Recognition Event at Linderman Library, April 2017

Panelist, English Alumni Panel, English Department, Moravian College, Nov. 2, 2016

Panelist, Graduate Orientation Panel, English Department, Lehigh University, 2016, 2017

Contributor, Drown Unbound, Lehigh University, English Department Graduate Student Blog, 2016

Departmental Mentor, English Department, Lehigh University, 2016, 2017, 2018  

Organized and facilitated Literature and Social Justice Reading Group, “Modern American Poetry and the Problem of Poverty,” Lehigh University, English Department, April 2015

Text Book Selection Committee, Northampton Community College, 2010

Committee Member, English Department Instructional Group, Northampton Community College, 2010

Creative Writing 

Contest Judge, Williams Prize in English, English Department, 2016, 2017  

Contest Judge, George S. Diamond Poetry Prize, Moravian College, 2016

Organizer, Drown Writers Series (Lehigh University reading series), 2015 – 2017  

Managing Editor, Amaranth (Lehigh University’s literary magazine), 2015 – 2017