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Rental History Essay on The Billfold

An essay I wrote about some of the places I have lived is up on one of my favorite sites, The Billfold. Check it out: http://thebillfold.com/2014/04/the-rust-belt-a-biodynamic-farm-and-other-places-ive-lived/ This is my first piece of internet writing to be published (other than blogging), and I’m excited!

Creative Thresholds

My friend Melissa, who I met at the Prague Summer Program back in 2005, edits an online arts journal, Creative Thresholds. I am honored to have my poetry appear in the current issue. I love the image that my poems are paired with. Check it out: http://creativethresholds.com/2014/02/13/liminal/ I wrote “The Trouble with Bridges” and “Rush Hour” […]

Autumn 2013 Recap (Part 1)

Autumn 2013 was quite busy, and I’m just now getting some time to catch up with my blog. I did a lot of traveling and speaking in addition to my usual teaching load, and I’m currently enjoying my January break. My first school visit was at Elkins Middle and High Schools in West Virginia (which […]

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: University of Wisconsin-Marinette

I’m going to be at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette on Thursday, October 24th. I’ll be giving a lecture on eating disorders, recovery, and writing, and I will probably also be visiting classes. I’ll be posting more specific details at a later date. I love visiting colleges, and I’m especially excited about this visit because I […]

Penn State MFA Funding Cut

My MFA is from the University of Minnesota, but I did my undergrad at Penn State-Erie, and so when I saw this article, it saddened me. PSU has been forced to cut funding for its MFA students (not the current ones, but incoming ones). The funding I received was the main reason I was able […]

Is This Really My Life?

I keep having these moments lately, where I’m like, “Is this really my life? I am so lucky.” I turn thirty at the end of June this year, and I think my upcoming birthday has put me in a reflective mood. I was driving back from a speaking engagement at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, […]

How Purge Came To Be (A Brief Overview)

People usually don’t ask me about the story behind Purge; they’re usually more interested in when it’s going to be published, who the publisher is, can they get it on amazon, etc. I think the story behind Purge is important, though. I did not sit down one day and decide to write a memoir. I […]