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.
At Drake, I teach writing courses on the short story, creative nonfiction, flash narratives, and literature courses that often focus on women and gender. I also direct Drake’s Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series, which has recently hosted writers Kiese Laymon, Rekha Basu, and Chigozie Obioma. My fiction and nonfiction have been published in PANK, The Masters Review, Word Riot, Hobart, The Idaho Review, Fiction Southeast, Carve, and other journals. Recently, my flash fiction has been shortlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions of 2017, as well as Pulp Literature’s Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction.
In addition to teaching at Drake, I have led several community writing workshops for the Above + Beyond Cancer Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the YMCA Healthy Living Center.
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).