I grew up outside of Chicago, spent my college years in Los Angeles earning a BA in English, and returned to the Midwest, where I earned my MFA in Fiction at Indiana University and taught courses in creative writing and literature.
I teach courses on the short story, creative nonfiction, flash narratives, various literature courses, and I am the coordinator for the Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series. My fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Masters Review, Word Riot, Hobart, The Idaho Review, Flash Flash Click, Fiction Southeast, Carve, and other journals.
In addition to teaching at Drake, I have led several community writing workshops for the Above + Beyond Cancer Foundation, which focus on creative nonfiction narratives about cancer survivorship.
Outside of the classroom, I spend a lot of my time reading, writing, watching movies and hanging out, preferably outdoors, with my boys. Other things about me? I love to swim, like to run, and I excel at eating (so much so that I once won a hotdog eating contest).