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EDUCATION

Graduate

Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA Creative Writing (Creative Non-fiction and Fiction), July 2012

Coursework at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 2007-2009

Undergraduate
Bachelor of Arts (Studio Art with minor in English Literature), Magna Cum Laude, 2001
Houghton College, Houghton, NY

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Adjunct Professor of Language and Literature at Eastern Mennonite University. Fall 2014 to Fall 2015. Courses: Introduction to College Writing (120), College Writing (130).

Writing Tutor at the Writing Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, Eastern Mennonite University, October 2013 to the present. Provide one-on-one writing conferences, both in-person and online. Occasional class presentations on APA formatting, avoiding plagiarism, and other writing-related topics.

Eighth grade English teacher, Eastern Mennonite High School (one-year position). 2013-2014 academic year.

Professor of Writing and Literature (half-time position) at The Oregon Extension, a one-semester, interdisciplinary, humanities-based study program in the Siskiyou-Cascades Monument, accredited through Eastern University, August 2012-January 2013.

Co-leader of summer Cross-Cultural Seminar: Newfoundland, Labrador, and Nunatsiavut (CCUS 203 Cross Cultural Understanding), Eastern Mennonite University, June 2008.

Director of the Ortlip Gallery at Houghton College, September 2003 to May 2005.  Coordinated and set up exhibits for the college’s main art gallery, managed budget and website. Grant-writing. Organized lecture series with guest speakers and inter-disciplinary events.

Teaching assistant/ resident assistant and tutor for the First Year Honors Program of Houghton College in London, England, spring semester 2000.

PUBLICATIONS

Fiction/Story

  • “Charlie’s Arm,” short story published in Ruminate magazine, March 2009  (Runner-up in Short Story Contest)

Non-fiction/Essay

  • In Praise of Lichens,” PAN Journal, Monash University, Australia.
  • Whirlpools,” Flycatcher Journal, January 2013
  • Belly-dancing Mennonites,” Center for Mennonite Writing, March 2012
  • “On Fire,” short story published in anthology Tonguescrews and Testimonies, 2011
  • Retiring in Style,” Blue Ridge Country, August 2011 (print), October 2011 (online)
  • Sisters of Cootes’ Store,” Newfound Journal, March 2011—photo-essay in collaboration with photographer Steven David Johnson
  • What It’s Like Living Here in Cootes Store, Virginia,” and other pieces in Número Cinq, 2011
  • Monthly gardening column (2009) and cooking column (2010) for North Fork Journal
  • “Wrestling at Peniel,” The Mennonite, April 2009
  • “Why I Garden” published in DreamSeeker, spring 2008
  • “Five Reasons Why I Garden” presented on local NPR station, WMRA’s “Civic soapbox,” 2008

Scholarly Writing

Poetry

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Merit Scholarships at Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Runner-up for Ruminate Magazine’s 2009 Short Story contest.  “Charlie’s Arm”
  • National Merit Scholar

PARTICIPANT IN WORKSHOPS

  • Shenandoah Valley Inkslingers: member of monthly writing group, 2008-present
  • Wildbranch Writing Workshop, co-sponsored by Orion Magazine and Sterling College, June 2009, featuring Ginger Strand, Alison Deming and Eric Reese
  • Writing workshops on personal essay craft with Martha Woodroof at WMRA, February 2009
  • Headwaters Gathering with writing intensive (Janisse Ray and Andrew Revkin) at Warren Wilson College, March 2009

ARTWORK EXHIBITED – Images and Texts

  • Whirlpools and Water Holes. Shenandoah Arts Council, Harrisonburg, VA, 2011—two-person exhibition with Steven David Johnson.
  • Hand-made Artist’s Books and Papers. Vermont College of Fine Arts Art Walk, July 2010
  • Harrisonburg League of Therapists, Harrisonburg, Virginia, June 2009—two-person exhibition with Steven David Johnson
  • The Creatures Among Us. Davison Art Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester NY 2008—two-person exhibition with Steven David Johnson
  • Mystery of Domesticity. Fountain Art Center in Belmont, NY, August 2004—two-person exhibitionwith Steven David Johnson
  • Carnegie Art Gallery in North Tonawanda, NY, November 2002
  • ·Houghton College Alumni Show, July-August 2001
  • ·Savannah College of Art and Design, August 2000

WORK IN PROGRESS

Photo-essays about the natural history, ecology, and people of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness in southern Oregon, with photographer Steven David Johnson

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Weekly Writing Workshop with Oregon Extension students, Fall 2012
  • Creative writing teacher, Our Community Place, fall 2010-spring 2011 (serves diverse population, including homeless and under-employed)
  • Stories and Portraits of Our Community Place, in collaboration with community members and photographer Howard Zehr, spring/summer 2011
  • Hand-made books and story-telling workshops, 2008-2009.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • AWP
  • ASLE
  • Poets & Writers

REFERENCES

  • Kurt Caswell (creative non-fiction)
  • Richard McCann (creative non-fiction)
  • Domenic Stansberry (fiction)
  • Melissa Sexton (teaching)

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