1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences


Scholarship and Conference Presentations

  • “Creative Writing in General Writing Classes:  Despite Common Core and Emphasis on STEM Education, Students Want and Need Imaginative Writing”, Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference, September 2016
  • “Advice from the Writing Center, University of Virginia Pedagogy Symposium, May 2016
  • “What Our Speech Still Disrupts” (moderator/organizer/presenter) at AWP’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA, March 31, 2016
  • “Deepening Inquiry in ENWR”, University of Virginia Writing Program, March 25, 2016
  • Invited Symposia, NCTE Offsite, “Changing Creative Writing In America” organized by Graeme Harper, November 21, 2015
  • “Creative Writing in First-Year Writing:  Let’s Remind, or Re-teach, the Value of Fiction” Changing Creative Writing in America, chapter solicited by Graeme Harper, to be published by Multilingual Matters Press in Sept. 2016
  • “Writing Center Theory and Practice in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Classroom” Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century, Tom Hunley and Alex Peary, Eds, Southern Illinois UP, June 2015
  • “Evolving Perceptions of Online Education:  Benefits for Teaching Creative Writing Online” Innovation in Technology and Pedagogy Symposium, Lincoln, NE, May 2014
  • “Innovative Frameworks and Tested Lore for Teaching Fiction to Undergraduates in the Twenty-First Century” Pedagogy 14.3, September 2014
  • “Disciplinarity and Lore:  Modeling Compromise and Vital Pedagogies for 21st-Century Classrooms” AWP’s Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 2013
  • “Using Picture Prompts in Creative Writing Classes to Imagine the Lives of Others” Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associations Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2012
  • “Working in the In-Between: Negotiating Roles In and Beyond the Writing Center” Midwest Writing Center Association’s Regional Conference, Madison, WI, October 2011
  • Review of “Does the Workshop Still Work?” by Dianne Donnelly Fiction Writers Review, November 2010
  • Revisions from Within: the Potential of Ph.D.s in Creative Writing” Creative Writing: Teaching Theory & Practice, 2.1 (2010): 1-32
  • “Defining and Complicating Texts in the Writing Center” Midwest Writing Center Association’s Regional Conference, Rapid City, SD, October 2009

Creative Publications

Short stories

  • "Hunters and Scavengers" New Writing, forthcoming July 2016
  • “Sovereign of the Sea” Fifth Wednesday, Fall 2011: 68-79
  • “Bull Shark” The Superstition Review, December 2009
  • “The Dancing School” Hayden’s Ferry Review, 42 (2008): 117-28
  • “Certain Girls” Invisible Insurrection, December 2005
  • “Cameo” 42 Opus, 4.1 (2004)

Nonfiction Essays

  • “Distractions Aren’t All Bad” Hayden’s Ferry Review Online, August 8, 2008


  • “A Pregnant Fiction Writer” Mom Egg Review, 12 (2014): 4


  • Finalist for the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award, for short story collection The Naughty, University of Georgia Press, September 2012
  • New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship, 2007
First Name: 
Computing ID: 
Office Address: 

228 Bryan Hall


Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013
M.F.A. University of Montana, Missoula MT, 2005
B.A. Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 2001

Office Hours: 

T/Th 3:15-4 and by appointment

Class Schedule: 

TR 9:30-10:45
TR 12:30-1:45
TR 2:00-3:15