About Me

My Interests: communication studies, poetry, intergenerational storytelling, public libraries and social justice, choral music, peace studies, pedagogy (creative writing, ELL, student and community writing centers), Anabaptism, women and gender studies, the arts' role in sustainability

My Ongoing Objectives

  • To make work and community grounded in the urgent play of creativity.

  • To practice and encourage everyday nonviolence as an integral part of writing/teaching/learning.

Education & Training

  • Certificate in Mediation Training, Athens, Ohio, 2012

  • Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Bennington Writing Seminars, 2009-2011
    Research Focus: “Possible Plowshares for ‘Millennial’ Poetry Workshops: A Pedagogy of Peace”

  • Masters in English, Ohio University, 2005-2007
    Thesis: “Reclaiming Self While Bridging Worlds in Confessional Mennonite Poetry”

  • Bachelors in Musical Theater Writing & Music Composition (original degree), Otterbein University, 1999-2004

  • Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, University of Leeds (Leeds, England), 2001-2002


  • Finalist, 2018 Gazing Grain Press All-Genre Chapbook Contest, What I say to this house (poetry)

  • 2014 Individual Excellence Award, Ohio Arts Council

  • 2014 Recipient, Art Gish Peacemaking Grant, Appalachian Peace and Justice Network

  • Finalist: 2013 Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship, Bull City Press

  • Finalist: 2013 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize from Hunger Mountain

  • Finalist: 2012 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, Ruminate Magazine

  • 2011 Young Alumni Creativity and Research Award, Otterbein University

  • 2004 Florence Kahn Memorial Chapbook Award, National Federation of State Poetry Societies

 Teaching/Tutoring Experience

  • Reading/classroom visit, Goshen College. Goshen IN (November 2018)

  • Co-leader, Poetics of Place poetry retreat at Laurelville Retreat Center, PA (June 2018)

  • Workshop presenter at Women Doing Theology: Talkin ‘Bout a Revolution conference, Women in Leadership, Mennonite Church USA (November 2018)

  • Ohio University, guest poet/undergraduate poetry workshop leader, Athens OH (October 2017)

  • 2016 Guest workshop leader: Ohio Poetry Association

  • 2005-2015, Ohio University, Dpts. of English, Classics & World Religions, eCampus

    • Courses: Writing and Rhetoric I and II; Creative Writing: Poetry; Original course: Poetics of War and Peace (undergrad workshop); Women and Writing; Difficult Dialogues: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality; online facilitator for undergraduate and graduate courses in Business Communication

  • Guest lecturer/workshop leader: Bluffton University, Otterbein University, Rutgers University

  • 2009-2015, Student Writing Center, Ohio University

    • Professional tutor (2009-2015) and Associate Coordinator (2010-2014)

  • 2007, Hocking College, Dpt. of Music

    • Songwriting, Performance, piano and voice lessons



    Recent & Upcoming Events & Publications

Books/Major Projects

  • Resonate: Mennonite Worship & Song Committee (hymnal text sub-committee, volunteer screener), 2017-18

  • Upside Down Living Bible study series, Faith and Technology (MennoMedia), May 2017

  • Other Acreage (Gold Wake Press), March 2015

  • A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, editor (anthology, Woodley Press: Washburn U), December 2013

  • The Apple Speaks: Poems (Cascadia Publishing House, LLC), April 2012

    Select Past Individual Poems and Essays

  • "New Monasticism, Old Homesickness" (multi poetry book review/essay) in Image, January 2017

  • “All Day I Let the House” in Consequence Magazine, April 2014, re-published February 2016 online

  • "St. Francis Appears..."; "St. Francis Considers..." in Image, March 2015

  • “Tourist Brochure for Athens, Ohio,” Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Swallow Press, January 2015)

  • "Moving the Mother," Saint Katherine Review, October 2014

  • Review/Essay: Brian Turner's My Life as a Foreign Country in Brevity, September 2014

  • "That time of year when cherry blossoms are enough" in So to Speak, July 2014 (annual online issue)

  • “Creative (M)othering: An Invitation from a Childless Artist” in Mothering Mennonite (anthology chapter, Demeter Press, Ontario), June 2013

  • “Wait” in Ruminate Magazine, March 2012 (Finalist, annual poetry contest)

  • “False Spring” in On Being, American Public Media blog (February 2012)