Teaching Experience

  • University of Virginia, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Lecturer, Spring 2011 to present

  • James Madison University, English Department, Lecturer, Fall 2009 to Spring 2013

  • University of Virginia, Young Writers Workshop, Summer 2012

  • Sweet Briar College, Visiting Poet, Fall 2011

  • University of Virginia, English Department, Lecturer, Fall 2006 to Spring 2008

  • Kiganda Highway Secondary School, Uganda, English Teacher, 2003


• University of Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia
Master of Fine Arts, Poetry

• University of Portland; Portland, Oregon
Bachelor of Arts, English
Cum Laude


• Amy Clampitt poet-in-residence, 2013-2014
• MacDowell Colony, 2009

Fellowships & Awards
• Dorset Prize Finalist with Tupelo Press, 2011
• Ruth Lilly Fellowship Finalist, 2008
• Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2007, 2008
• Honorable Mention, Library of Virginia Literary Award, 2006
• Grant, Astraea Writers’ Foundation, 2006
• Henry Hoyns Fellow, University of Virginia, 2005-2007
• President’s Scholarship, University of Portland, 2000-2004

Courses Taught

• Sweet Briar College

ENGL 106: Intro to Creative Writing, multi genre
ENGL 216: Poetry Workshop: Form, Function, and Meaning

• University of Virginia
ISHU 3255: Poetic Short Forms
ISHU 4105: Creative Writing and the Literature of Nature
ISHU 3252: Poetry Workshop, forms
ISHU 3251: Poetry Workshop, multi-level (online and in person)
ENWR 230: Poetry Workshop, introductory level

• James Madison University
GENG 248: American Literature, 1865-present
ENG 392: Poetry Workshop, introductory level

• Kiganda Highway Secondary School
11th and 12th grade English: World Literature
11th and 12th grade English: Grammar and Composition

Academic Service & Relevant Experience

• University of Virginia, Honors Thesis Mentor, 2012-2013
Serving as a mentor to a student’s honors thesis of poetry

• James Madison University, Honors Thesis Mentor, 2010-2011
Serving as a mentor to a student’s honors thesis of poetry

Virginia Quarterly Review, Book Reviewer, 2005-2010
Reviewed over 300 books for the literary magazine

Best New Poets, Reader, 2006-2009
Read first-round submissions for the annual poetry anthology

• Area Program in Poetry Writing, Thesis Mentor, 2006-2008
Served as a mentor to undergraduate poetry students at the University of Virginia

• Second Street Gallery, Judge, Creative Writing Contest, 2008
Judged multi-genre creative writing submissions for the art gallery’s annual contest

• Virginia High School League, Judge, Creative Writing Contest, 2006-2007
Judged multi-genre creative writing portfolios for the annual county-wide contest

Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Board, 2005-2008
Read first-round fiction submissions for the literary magazine

Meridian, Poetry Editor, 2006-2007
Selected poetry submissions for the University of Virginia’s literary magazine

• University of Virginia Writing Center, Tutor, 2005-2007
Tutored University of Virginia students in the principles of academic argument

• University of Portland Writing Center, Tutor, 2002-2004
Tutored University of Virginia students in the principles of academic argument


Pantry, Hub City Press, New Southern Voices Poetry Award selected by D.A. Powell, 2014
Dark Under Kiganda Stars, Ausable Press (now Copper Canyon), 2005

Boxcar Poetry Review 2009 Anthology, “To Her Camisoles,” edited by Neil Aitken, Boxcar Poetry Review, 2009
An Ausable Reader, “Teach Anything,” “I Thought She was Singing, ”“Chewing, ” “Dark Under Kiganda Stars, ” “Proverb XII: The Hunter,” edited by Chase Twichell, Ausable Press, 2008
New Voices, “Teach Anything,” “Katende Passion Fruit and Ground Nuts,” “Immunizing in Bukoba,” edited by Harvey Hix, Irish Pages, 2008

Selected Literary Journals
32Poems, “Cleaver,” 2011
Agni, “Refusal,” 2008, “Egg Topper,” 2011
Barrow Street, “The night the soil stilled,” 2008
Beloit Poetry Journal, two poems, 2011
Blackbird, four poems, 2011
Cincinnati Review, “Asking for Nothing,” 2009
Connotation Press, three poems, 2012
Cream City Review, two poems, 2008
FIELD, three poems, 2008, 2009
Gastronomica, “Double Boiler,” ” French Press,” “Pasta Pin” 2012, 2014
Hayden’s Ferry Review, “Skew Lines,” 2009
Kenyon Review, two poems, 2006, 2012
Orion Magazine, “A Poet Friend Tells Me Nature Imagery is Dead,” 2006
Ploughshares, “Poem with a — in it,” 2009
Poetry Northwest, two poems, 2010
Prairie Schooner, two poems, 2011
Quarterly West, “My Sunlit Panes, My Housed Feast of Paperwhites,” 2009
Superstition Review, five poems, audio recording, 2011
Sycamore Review, two poems, 2010, 2011

Book Reviews
Virginia Quarterly Review, over 100 published reviews, 2005-2010, full list available upon request
Meridian, “Body of the World by Sam Taylor,” 2006

The Kenyon Review interview, 2012


• Tennessee Williams Festival, reading from Pantry, 2014

• University of Portland, Annual Readings and Lectures Series, reading from Pantry, 2014

• Temple Beth Elohim, reading and lecture, 2014

• King’s Books, Tacoma, Washington, 2014

• WordFest at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, reading, 2013

• UVA Young Writers Workshop, guest poet, 2011, 2012, 2013

• Sweet Briar College Writers Series, reading from Pantry, 2011

• Sweet Briar College, ENGL 138: The Art of Poetry, guest speaker, 2011

• James Madison University, Furious Flower Poetry Summit on African American Poetry, panelist, 2010

• University of Virginia, SWAG 200: Global Feminist Activism, guest speaker, 2008

• University of Virginia, ENPW 480: The Poetic Sequence in Contemporary American Poetry, guest speaker, 2007

• AWP Conference, reading and book signing from Dark Under Kiganda Stars, 2005

• University of Portland, ENG 460: Contemporary American Poetry, guest speaker 2005

• University of Portland, Annual Readings and Lectures Series, reading from Dark Under Kiganda Stars, 2005

• Oregon Episcopal School, Annual Readings and Lectures Series, reading and guest lecture from Dark Under Kiganda Stars, 2005

• Borders Books and Music, Puyallup, Washington, reading from Dark Under Kiganda Stars, 2005

• Orca Books, Olympia, Washington, reading from Dark Under Kiganda Stars, 2005


My teaching interests, in addition to creative writing, include 19 and 20th-century American literature, modern and contemporary American poetry, form and theory, poetry in translation, and contemporary American fiction.


German (reading for translation knowledge)


• Mark Parker, Chair, Department of English, James Madison University

• Herman Asarnow, Chair, Department of English, University of Portland

• Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English, University of Virginia

• Lisa Russ Spaar, Professor of English, University of Virginia

• Margo Figgins, Founder and Director, UVA Young Writers Workshop