Writer. Professor. Midwesterner.




2012-2015                               MFA, Creative Writing (Fiction), Purdue University

  • Thesis:Watch Out For Lions: Short Stories
  • Committee: Brian Leung (Director), Roxane Gay, Donald Platt

2003-2007                               BA, Journalism and Psychology, The University of Iowa


2017-present                           Assistant Professor, University of Indianapolis

  • English Composition
  • First-Year Seminar: Vampire Literature
  • Substantive Editing
  • Western World Literature and Composition

2017                                        Associate Adjunct Instructor, University of Indianapolis

  • Advanced Composition
  • English Composition 
  • Intro to Creative Writing
  • Writing and Editing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Western World Literature and Composition

2016-2017                               Adjunct Instructor, University of Indianapolis

  • English Composition 

2016-2017                               Adjunct Instructor, Marian University

  • English Composition
  • Written Analysis of Literature 

2015-2016                               Visiting Assistant Professor, Waldorf University

  • Techniques of Fiction
  • Exploring Literature
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Composition I 
  • Composition II 

2012-2015                               Instructor, Purdue University

  • Introduction to Creative Writing 
  • Introduction to Composition 


2018-present                         ReaderSouthern Indiana Review

2015-present                         Reader, Midwestern Gothic

2013-2015                               Book Review EditorSycamore Review

2012-2015                               ReaderSycamore Review


“The Real Thing” Third Coast (forthcoming)

“Interpreting American Gothic” Colorado Review (forthcoming)

“Heritage Theater” Joyland (November 2017)

“A Chain of Tiny Disasters” Narrative Magazine (Stories of the Week 2013-2014)

“Watch Out for Lions” (Reprint) Midwestern Gothic (Summer 2014)

“Bree Hadley” Carve Magazine (Fall 2013)

“Watch Out for Lions” So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art (Fall 2013)

“Joys and Concerns at Parkview Church” New Delta Review (Winter 2010)


“List: If Famous Novelists Were Adjuncts” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (Winter 2017)

“A Stained Glass House” Michigan Quarterly Review (Fall 2014)


“Protocol” & “Today Facebook Notified Me about My Dead Coworker’s Birthday” The Pinch (Spring 2018)

“When I Watch the TV Show of the Man Who Took My Virginity” & “Epithalamium for a Bride on Vicodin” Arts & Letters (Spring 2015)


Winner,Third Coast’s 2018 Fiction Contest

Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train’sMarch/April 2016 Fiction Open

Finalist, Boulevard’s 2015 Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Narrative Magazine’s 2014 “Thirty Under Thirty” List

Runner-Up, Arts & Letters’ 2014 PRIME Poetry Prize

Finalist, Narrative Magazine’s 2014 Story Contest

Nomination, AWP Intro. Award, Purdue University 2013

First Place, Purdue Federal Credit Union Short Story Award, Purdue University 2013

Honorable Mention, Booth Tarkington Award, Purdue University 2013

Honorable Mention, Carve Magazine’s2013 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

First Place, So to Speak’s 2013 Fiction Contest

Scholarship Award, The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature 2013

Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train’s 2011 Short Story Award for New Writers


2015-2016                               Assessment Committee, Waldorf University

2015-2016                               Faculty Advisor to the Warrior Writing Club, Waldorf University


2013-2015                               Visiting Writers’ Series Coordinator, Purdue University

  • Responsibilities: organize and promote visiting writers’ readings at Purdue, book reading venues and hotel accommodations, write press releases, and communicate with local media outlets.

2007-2012                               Corporate Writer, Modern Woodmen of America                            

  • Responsibilities: write internal and external public relations materials, including web, ad, brochure, and commercial copy for a financial services organization.