Visiting Assistant Professor
I come from a long line of storytellers—schoolteachers, farmers, military and medical professionals. Much of what I know and value about life was given to me in the form of stories around the kitchen table or a campfire. In front of a class, my teaching is often grounded in the storytelling of historical events and cultural perspectives. I am interested in the many ways those stories are told and retold over time. One of my teaching goals is for my students to be able to access their own story along with an awareness of their place in the world.
I work at being a writer, teacher, graphic designer, and sports fanatic. My academic experience includes Weber State University (B.A.), Pacific University (M.F.A.), and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Ph.D.). For five years at UWM, I taught creative writing, first-year composition, and research writing; I also served as a Fiction Editor for cream city review.
My current writing in-progress includes two novels, some short fiction, and a creative nonfiction project about boxing and violence. Research for some of my work involves studying the nature of genocide, American sports culture, genetic predisposition, and fly fishing. I love birds, my family, and a good cup of coffee.
- Creative Writing - fiction and creative nonfiction
- Nature and Place-based Writing
- Short Fiction and “Dirty” Realism
- 20th Century American Literature and Culture
- Sports Literature
- Rhetoric and Composition
- Creative Writing
- Writing about Place: Rwanda; the American West; and the Pacific Northwest (U.S.)
- Writing from Memory
- “The Far Away Smell of Water.” Hawai’i Review 88 (Summer 2018).
- “Fire, Fire.” Potomac Review 60 (Winter 2017).
- “The Audrey Hepburn.” Delmarva Review 9 (Fall 2016).
- “Where She Stands.” The Columbia Review 97/2 (Spring 2016).
- “Stained with Lime.” Cimarron Review 195 (Spring 2016).
- Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front, eds. Sherri H. Hoffman, Kase Johnstun, Mary Johnstun, History Press (2015).
- “Little Secrets.” Tudor Close: an Anthology of Mystery Stories, eds. Killian Czuba and Hillary Moses Mohaupt, Apiary Press (2015).
- “Seemingly Unrelated Events.” December 24 (Winter 2013).
- “Blue.” PANK Magazine 7.0 (January 2012) http://pankmagazine.com/piece/blue/
- “Road Dogs.” Etchings IV: The Art of Conversation. Ed Sabina Hopfer, Ilura Press (2008).
Honors and Awards
- Ellen Hunnicut Prize, Bring Me Water Until I Drown (unpublished), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), 2017.
- Graduate Student Excellence Fellowship, UWM, 2016.
- Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship, UWM, 2015.
- Bronze Feather Award in Creative Nonfiction, Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front, League of Utah Writers, 2015.
- Student Success Award for Teaching, UWM, 2014.
- Ellen Hunnicut Prize, The Wildish Boys, a novel (unpublished), UWM, 2014.
- Wladyslaw Cieszynski Literary Prize, “Seemingly Unrelated Events,” UWM, 2014.
- James A. Sappenfield Fellowship, UWM, 2014.
- Chancellor’s Award, UWM, 2013.
- 2030/102 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Johnston Hall 427
- Global Literatures: Sports Literature
- 4250/101 TuTh 2:00-3:15 Lalumiere 272
- Creative Writing: Fiction
- 4250/102 TuTh 9:30-10:45 Johnston Hall 422
- Creative Writing: Fiction
- 4954/102 TuTh 3:30-4:45 Lalumiere 198
- Seminar in Creative Writing: Structures of the Novel