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EDUCATION

  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
    • PhD Candidate, August 2017-Present
  • McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
    • MFA in Fiction; MA in English, May 2014
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • BA in Cultural Studies (minor: Creative Writing), May 2009
    • Study Abroad: University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, January 2008-May 2008

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Mary Lily Research Grant, The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s Cultural History, Duke University (research to be conducted between 2020-2021)
  • Don Kelly LGBTQ Research Collection Fellowship, Texas A&M University, 2019
  • Robert Watson Fiction Prize, The Greensboro Review, 2019
  • Course Development Award, McNeese State University, 2012
  • Good Citizen Teaching Award, McNeese State University, 2011, 2012

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Electric Rapture at the House of Tin Gods.” Short story, West Branch, June 2020
  • “Googling Literary Lesbians: On Carson McCullers and the Erotics of Incompletion.” Essay, Literary Hub, February 2020
  • “The Chair Kickers’ Tale.” Short story, The Greensboro Review, June 2019
  • My Butch Career by Esther Newton.” Book review, Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal, November 2019
  • Sugar Land by Tammy Lynne Stoner.” Book review, Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal, March 2019
  • The Lesbian South by Jaime Harker.” Book review, Lambda Literary, January 2019
  • Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life by Diana Hunter.” Book review, Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal, September 2018
  • “Creating Home: This LGBTQ Bookstore is Amplifying Voices in the Queer South.” Essay, Bitch Media, January 2018
  • “It Must Clean the Walls.” Short story, Broken Pencil Magazine, October 2017
  • “Logic and the Long Gone.” Short story, The Chariton Review, Spring/Summer 2017
  • “Prayer for Girl Body.” Poem, Ellipsis: A Journal of Art, Ideas, and Literature, March 2017
  • The Twins.” Short story, Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, February 2016
  • Contributor, McNeese State University Composition and Rhetoric Guide, 2012; 2013
  • Contributor, The Greenwood Dictionary of Education, 2nd edition, 2011

TEACHING

  • Graduate Instructor of Record, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
    • The South and Sexuality (2020)
    • Introduction to Gender Studies (2019)
    • Composition II (2019)
    • Composition I (2018)
    • Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century (2018)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
    • Survey of British Literature to 18th Century (2018)
    • Survey of American Literature Since the Civil War (2017)
  • Adjunct, East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City, Arkansas
    • Composition II – Concurrent Credit (2017) 
    • Composition I – Concurrent Credit (2016) 
  • Adjunct, Arkansas State University – Mid-South, Marianna, Arkansas
    • World Literature I (2015)
    • Developmental Reading (2015)
  • Graduate Instructor of Record, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 2011-2014
    • Composition II (2012, 2013, 2014)
    • Composition I (2012)
    • Developmental English (2011, 2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
    • Introduction to Women’s Studies (2013)

CONFERENCES AND READINGS

  • “Re-Imagining Feminist Cartographies in Bitch Planet.National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 2019
  • “Co-Imagining Feminist Intimacies: Erotohistoriography in the Dorothy Allison Archives.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Birmingham, AL, November 2018
  • Feminist Intimacies Across Time and Space.” Isom Student Gender Conference, Oxford, MS, April 2018
  • “Southern Kink: The Grotesque Erotic in Tennessee Williams’s ‘Desire and the Black Masseur.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, Austin, TX, February 2018
  • “Embodiment of Time in Chris Ware’s Building Stories.” South Central Modern Language Association Conference, Dallas, TX, November 2016
  • “Intertextuality in the Composition Classroom.” Louisiana Association for College Composition Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2014
  • “The Reader Saves! in Chris Ware’s Building Stories.Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 2013
  • “Love and Theft in Eudora Welty’s ‘Powerhouse.’ South Central Modern Language Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2013
  • “Everything Was Stories.” Free Range Fiction and Poetry Reading, Lake Charles, LA, March 2013
  • “Electric Rapture at the House of Tin Gods.” First Friday Reading Series presented by Southwest Louisiana Arts and Humanities Council, Lake Charles, LA, September 2012
  • “Flying Below the Radar: Crossing Education Frontiers Using Sci-Fi and Fantasy.” BayouCon, Lake Charles, LA June 2012
  • “The Twins.” McNeese State University MFA Poetry and Fiction Reading, Lake Charles, LA, May 2012

INVITED TALKS

  • “A Conversation with Dorothy Allison.” Glitterary Festival, University of Mississippi, April 2020. *Postponed due to COVID-19*
  • “Advancing Each Other: Building Coalitions Across Communities.” A conversation with Mandy Carter, University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media, February 2020
  • “Student Activism.” University of Mississippi Summit on Women & Civic Engagement, February 2020
  • Skype discussion about “The Chair Kickers.” McNeese State University MFA in Creative Writing, October 2019

PROFESSIONAL AND INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE

  • Senior Fiction Editor, The Yalobusha Review, (May 2020-Present)
  • Planning Committee, Glitterary – A Queer Literary Festival (August 2019-Present)
  • President, OUTGrads – LGBTQIA+ Graduate and Professional Students at The University of Mississippi (October 2017-May 2019)
  • Historian, English Graduate Student Body at The University of Mississippi (August 2018-August 2019)
  • Planning Committee, Southern Writers, Southern Writing Conference (May 2018-July 2019)
  • Interviewer, University of Mississippi LGBTQ+ Oral History Project (January 2018-May 2018)
  • Reader, The Yalobusha Review, (August 2017-May 2020)
  • Panel Chair, “Gender and Identity in Lesbian Literature.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association  (November 2018)
  • Co-Founder, Fiction Editor, Ostrich Review (April 2012-August 2017)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, (October 2009-May 2016)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Writing Specialist, Premium Prep, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, April 2018-Present
    • Advise college and scholarship application essay writing through in-person and virtual meetings; past student acceptances include MIT, Juilliard, Brown, Caltech, Duke, Northwestern, Penn, USC, and UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Program Associate, The College Initiative, Memphis, Tennessee; January 2015-December 2017
    • Wrote and facilitated college readiness programming for seventh through twelfth-grade students
    • Met individually with students and parents to advise on college preparation
    • Partnered with development team to write grant proposals to further organizational reach
    • Fostered relationships between Title I high schools, community organizations, and businesses in Memphis and East Arkansas