About Me

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I’m a native Iowan, but I grew up all over the Midwest: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. After college, I spent a good amount of time in New England,  New York City, and South Florida. But now I live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spend my summers in Chicago.

Writing

My short stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, AGNI, Gulf Coast, The Denver Quarterly, Fugue, The Gettysburg Review, and several other journals. I was the winner of the annual Short Story Prize from the journal Fiction for my story “The Bottle.” This year, The Iowa Review nominated my story “SuperAngel” for a Pushcart Prize. I was also a finalist for the Donald Barthelme Prize in Short Prose.

Teaching

I am Assistant Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, where I teach creative writing & literature courses. I hold a BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Odd Jobs

Before joining the faculty at St. Thomas, I taught writing at Florida Gulf Coast University. Before that, I worked at the Academy of American Poets in New York City, editing and designing the website Poets.org. I’ve also worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist, a web designer, and, a long time ago, a movie theater projectionist.