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BIO

Education

Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Emphasis: Creative Nonfiction

Graduation: May 2020

GPA: 4.0

Bachelors of Arts With Departmental Honors

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Major: English

Minors: Creative Writing, Sociology

Graduation: May 2016

GPA: 4.03

Certifications

Academic Research

Certificate in University Teaching

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 

Certification awarded after fifteen hours of pedagogy, teaching practicum, diversity training, and technology enrichment 

Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 

15 additional hours of course work in feminist theory, inclusionary pedagogy, gendered academia, and individual research..

Safe Zone Ally Trained

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 

Safe Zone members have chosen to educate themselves about LGBT+ issues and are trained about local resources. Completion of training requires being supportive, trustworthy, sensitive to the needs and concerns of LGBTQ individuals, and being in agreement that all viewpoints regarding sexual orientation and gender identity should be addressed in an educational, informative, and non-threatening manner.

Honors Thesis in African American Literature

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Advisor: Dr. Trudier Harris

Title: “Seeing Is Believing: An Exploration of Thematic Blindness in Richard Wright’s Native Son, Lillian Smith’s Strange Fruit, and Ann Petry’s The Narrows”

Study of the Evolution of Racialized Film in the Era of Netflix and Streaming

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Advisor: Dr. Gwen Bergner

Title: "A Bright New Future for the Biracial Buddy Picture: Examining Netflix's Bright in the Evolution of Film and Its Problems"

Published with the American Popular Culture Association in 2019

Awards

2019 -2020 Eberly College Social Justice Research Fellow

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

 

This competitive fellowship is awarded to ten graduate students from any Arts and Sciences discipline at WVU. Fellows are selected based on recommendations from faculty, publications and presentations, research goals, and applicability of their research in creating positive social justice change in their communities.

 

2019 AWP Intro Award

Association of Poets and Writers

Portland, OR

 

The Association of Writers and Poets chooses the best pieces nominated by over 300 MFA programs annually for feature in The Writer's Chronicle. Chapter One of It Feels Like This won the first "honorable mention" designation in NonfictionIt was the only excerpt featured.

 

Rebecca Mason Perry Award

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 

Awarded once yearly to one first-year MFA student for excellence in teaching and writing.

2018

Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Office of Teaching and Learning Commons, WVU

Each year, a handful of graduate teaching associates are nominated based on their performance to mentor incoming graduate students who will be teaching for the first time. 

2019

Professional

Associations

The Association of Writers and Poets 

Member 2018-present

American Pop Culture Association

Member, Presenter 2019

International Writing Center Association

Member; presenter 2018-2019

College Composition and Communication Conference

Member, 2019

Every Town USA

WVU Students Demand Action founding president 2019-2020

 
 

University

Teaching

Academic 

Presentations

ENG 101 - English Composition I

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Fall 2017, Spring 2018

"Promoting Creative Writing to a Young, Creative Mind"

Alabama School Library Association,

Mountain Brook, AL

June 2015

ENG 102 - English Composition II

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Fall 2018, Spring 2019

ENG 214 - Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Fall 2019

“It’s A Man’s World, Or At Least in Yoknapatawpha County: Exploring the Effects of Hegemonic Masculinity in Faulkner’s Short Stories”

University of Alabama Honors Symposium

Tuscaloosa, AL

Fall 2015

ENG 304 - American Resistance Literature

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Online Hybrid Course through IDT, Spring 2019

WGST 224 - Feminist Writers by Wave

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Independent Study Course Planning, June 2019

"A Bright New Future for the Biracial Buddy Picture: Examining Netflix’s Bright in the Evolution of Film and Its Problems" 

PCA/ACA 2019 Conference (Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association)

Washington, DC

March 2019

 

Professional Experience

Writing Center Coordinator

Eberly College Writing Studio, Morgantown, WV

August 2018 - Present

Coordinating twenty writing center tutors , scheduling across-campus visits, organizing public outreach, tutoring graduate and undergraduate students, and overseeing administrative duties such as ordering supplies, answering emails and phone calls, and participating in twice-monthly faculty meetings

English Department Graduate Instructor

West Virginia University Department of English, Morgantown, WV

August 2017 - Present

Teaching various sections of English composition, professional writing and editing, and creative writing; holding office hours; and attending continuing education classes.

Assistant NonFiction Editor

Cheat River Review Literary Magazine, Morgantown, WV

August 2018 - Present

Read and selected submissions in creative nonfiction for our twice-yearly literary magazine. Also assisted in editing works for publication so that they met our style, subject, and readability standards.

Chief of Staff 

New York Minute Magazine, New York, NY

September 2018 - March 2019

Six month graduate internship leading the Editorial, Writing, Talent Management, Social Media, Web Design, PR, and Business Development teams for New York Minute Magazine. Duties involved editing articles, overseeing content management, optimizing SEO, managing paid sponsorships, writing occasional op-ed pieces, and chairing weekly virtual staff meetings between eighteen interns across the United States.

PreHealth Professional Writing Assistant

West Virginia University Honors College, Morgantown, WV

Summers 2018 & 2019

Participated in undergraduate pre-health student interviews, compiled comprehensive recommendation letters on behalf of the Honors College, and participated in departmental status meetings.

Medical Coordinator

Alabama Medical And Surgical Foot Center, Birmingham, AL

June 2016 - July 2017

Duties included checking in patients and answering phones, running and verifying insurance benefits as well as collecting copays, coordinating surgical scheduling with the local hospital, verifying procedure codes and required paperwork, and recording patient vitals, medical history, and present medical complaints.

Social Media Content Writer

Three Birds Marketing Inc., Chapel Hill, NC 

June 2016 - December 2016

Six-month contract position requiring 900 monthly, social media posts across Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for thirteen vehicle manufacturers including Porsche, Mercedes, Jaguar, and Toyota.

 

Literary Publications

"Death (n.)"

Creative Nonfiction Essay

The Sonder Review

New York, New York

Spring 2015

"The Mattering Of Molehills"

Lyric Essay

Write Launch Literary Mag

September 2018

"Jeopardy"

Fiction - Short Story

Crack the Spine Literary Magazine

Print Anthology XVIII

Winter 2019

"Temporarily Amish"

Creative Nonfiction Essay

Gravel Literary Magazine

October 2018

"Feminist Finds: Review of Gather The Daughters"

Book Review

New York Minute Magazine

October 2018

"A Life Spent Weighting"

Creative Nonfiction Essay

Emrys Literary Journal, Volume 36

Emrys Foundation

2019 Printing

"Holy Fuck"

Flash Fiction

The PacificREVIEW

Hallucination Issue

2019 Annual Edition

"Chapter One: The Yellowhammer"

Memoir Excerpt

The Writer's Chronicle 

May/Summer 2019

2019 AWP Intro Award Honorable Mention

 

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