I grew up outside of Chicago, spent my college years in Los Angeles earning a B.A. in English, and returned to the Midwest, where I earned my M.F.A. in Fiction at Indiana University and taught courses in creative writing and literature.
I came to Drake in 2003, where I teach courses on the short story, creative nonfiction, women and literature, analytical writing, and popular culture. My work has been published in Orchid: A Literary Review, Carve Magazine, LA Miscellany, Revolver, and The Idaho Review.
In addition to teaching at Drake, I run a community writing workshop for the Above +Beyond Cancer Foundation, and Iím currently editing a collection of creative nonfiction narratives about cancer survivorship.
Hometown: Winnetka, Illinois
B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1996
Fiction and poetry in the LA Miscellaney; fiction in Carve Magazine.
Finalist, 2002 Raymond Carver Short Story Award Competition. Georgia P. Albright Merit Award in Literature, National Society of Arts and Letters (Bloomington chapter), 2001. Roy Battenhouse Memorial Award, National Society of Arts and Letters (Bloomington chapter), 2000.
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Creative Writing and Literature, Drake University.