About Me

My Interests: communication studies, poetry, intergenerational storytelling, 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


  • 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

  • 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

  • Ohio University, guest singer-songwriter, Acoustic Showcase, Baker Center, Athens OH (April 2018)
  • Judge, Poetry Out Loud, SE Ohio (February 2018)
  • Mennonite Arts Weekend, Cinci OH, presenter/guest poet (February 2018)
  • Jean and Louis Janzen Writers Series, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno CA with collaborator, artist Astrid Kaemmerling, PhD,  (January 2018)
  • Ohio University, guest poet/undergraduate poetry workshop leader, Athens OH (October 2017)
  • Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders & Boundaries, Eastern Mennonite University (VA), presenter and featured poet (June 2017)
  • Bennington Reading Series, Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC (April 2017)

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 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
  • “A New Age,” “Dress Up,” “Latest Letter” in The Mennonite Center for Writing Online Journal, June 2012
  • “Wait” in Ruminate Magazine, March 2012
  • “False Spring” in On Being (American Public Media blog), February 2012
  • “No Stoplight in This Tourist Town” and “When the Red Rushes Up” in Tongue Screws and Testimonies: poems, stories, and essays inspired by the Martyrs Mirror (anthology, Herald Press), November 2010