M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Fiction, January 2016, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Thesis: “On Women; Six Stories and a Short Memoir”
Thesis Committee: Professors David Gates, Peter Trachtenberg, Sven Birkerts (Program Director)
M.A. in English, Literature, October 2011, National University, La Jolla, CA
Thesis: “All things are one thing”: Patterns of Non-Teleological Thinking in John Steinbeck’s The Pearl
Thesis Committee: Dr. Colin Marlaire, Dr. Steven Waszak, Dr. Franz Potter (Chair)
B.A. in English, December 2009, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
Adjunct Instructor (Fall 2015 – present). Teaching: Freshman composition, creative writing, and literature. Courses: Writing 099: Introduction to College Writing; Core English 201: Literature World
Literature to the Renaissance; Core English 202: World Literature from the Enlightenment; AENGL 201: American Literature 1- Online; WRT 333: Special Topics in Creative Writing. Administrative: Weekly department meetings for Core paired classes. Hold Oxford style weekly tutorials with students. Maintain regular office hours. Participant on WRT 102 Revamp Committee Spring 2016. Dual-Credit Liaison with local high school: AP Literature and Composition; Honors Experiences in Writing &; Literature. Founder and director of Fall Poetry & Prose evening Fall 2015 and Fall 2016.
Adjunct Instructor (Fall 2015 – present). Teaching: Beginning composition. Courses: English 200: Fundamentals of Composition. Administrative: Attended bi-weekly department meetings.
Committee member on PLC Outreach Program. Participant “One Book One College” Spring 2016.
Participant in “Teaching Grammar Creatively” Spring 2016.
Adjunct Instructor (Fall 2011 – Fall 2015). Teaching: Freshman composition, Advanced Grammar, CSET preparation. Courses: English 112: Critical Thinking and Composition (Expository); English 113: Critical Thinking and Composition (Literature); English 320: Grammar and Writing; English 433: CSET Preparation. Administrative: Attended monthly department meetings. Member of Writing Program Assessment Team (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014). Participant in planning and culmination of “Festival of Writing” Spring 2014. Participant in public readings held by Art and English department.
Adjunct Instructor (Fall 2013). Teaching: Beginning composition. Courses: English 52: Introduction to College Composition.
The Iowa Review, Nonfiction Essay Shortlisted Essay, September 2016
Dorland Arts Colony Artist in Residence, July 2016
Lucy Grealy Nonfiction Award Nominee, June 2016
Tanner Adjunct of the Year Award, 2012 and 2013 nominee
Horace and Dot Felkins Academic Scholarship, 2008 and 2009
Biola University Scholastic Grant, 2008 and 2009
“No Heroic Measures,” essay. Mud City Journal (online): Forthcoming January 2017.
“18 Minute Chili,” craft essay. The Tishman Review (online): October 2016.
“Lawn Chairs,” essay. Thin Air Magazine (Print): Spring 2016.
“Cherry Red Dress,” essay. Gold Man Review (Print): Fall 2015.
“Sorry, Mom,” short story. Wild Quarterly (online): April 2014.
“Four Weeks,” essay. Crux Literary Journal (online): June 2013.
“Writing About War”: founder and workshop leader, Laguna Niguel, Ca. Forthcoming December 2016.
“Writing About Motherhood”: founder and workshop leader, Laguna Niguel, Ca. October 2016.
“Methods of Distancing in the Nonfiction of Mary Karr, Jo Ann Beard, and Abigail Thomas”:
Bennington College, Vt. January 2016.
“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Developing Complex Characters”: PEN Center USA, Beverly Hills, Ca. June 2015.
“Travels with Tomas”: South Dakota University John R. Milton Conference. October 2016.
“No Heroic Measures”: Bennington Writing Seminars. January 2016.
“Four Weeks”: Readers Rites. Biola University. March 2013.
Guest nonfiction editor, End of the World, January 2016
Guest nonfiction editor, Wild Quarterly, 2013