University of Memphis, Memphis, TN      January 2014 – May 2017

Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Concentration in Creative Nonfiction

GPA: 4.0

Thesis: “Barbed Wire Lasso: A Collection of Essays”

Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Scraba


University of Memphis, Memphis, TN        August 2010 – December 2013

Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Creative Writing (Honors Program)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Summa Cum Laude, GPA: 3.88

Dean’s List: Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013



Finalist in Split Lip Magazine’s 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Competition

Finalist in Sequestrum’s 2016 New Writer Award

Finalist for Proximity’s 2016 Narrative Journalism Prize

Finalist in the Heartwood Broadside Series 2016

Finalist for CutBank Literary Magazine’s 2016 Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction

University of Memphis 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

University of Memphis 2016 Graduate Summer Fellowship

University of Memphis 2015 Creative Writing Award in Nonfiction

Arizona State Poetry Society First Place in Rhyming 2014

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Member since 2014

Marcus Orr Humanities Award 2013-2014

University of Memphis Adult Scholarship 2012-2013



“Red Dresses” Apeiron Review Issue 9

“Blue Dinosaur” Appalachian Heritage Spring 2015

“One Layer” Chroma Magazine: the red issue Winter 2017

“A Thousand More” The Citron Review Summer CNF Spotlight 2015

“Horses in the Wrinkle” Cleaver Magazine Spring 2015 – nominated for The Best American Essays 2016

“Dissonance” The Collagist October 2015

“Brace” Crack the Spine Issue 141, anthologized in Crack the Spine XII (2016)

“Grandmother” Crack the Spine Issue 139

“Vague Castles” Don’t Talk to Me About Love

“And I’m Not There” GrubStreet blog August 2016

“Expedition” Gulf Coast Winter 2016 Online Exclusives

“Bioluminescence” Heartwood October 2016

“Marco Polo You’re It! Bologna!” “Red to God: My Only Childhood Trophy,” and “Friday Night Kings,”                        Little Patuxent Review Winter 2015

“My Father’s Lesson” Pine Hills Review September 2015

“Glamour Girls” forthcoming in Proximity’s prize winners and finalists anthology

“Dead Man Tim” River Teeth’s ‘Beautiful Things’ Column February 2017

“The Bricks” Shooter Literary Magazine Issue 5: Cities

“Burnt Bridge” storySouth April 2016

“Descartes Says the Soul” Tahoma Literary Review Issue 10 (forthcoming in August, 2017)

“Water in My Bones” The Turnip Truck(s) Issue 4: Abundance May 2017

“Publishing Tricks One on One” Southern Writers Magazine July 2016

“Blue Husbands” Synaesthesia Magazine, March 2017

“Stones Cry” Word Riot February 2015



New Graduate Student Mentor                                                            2016

Promotion and Hosting, River City Writers Series                               2014

Board Secretary, Adult Student Association                                        2012 – 2013

Member, Adult Student Association                                                    2012 – 2014

Mentor, Adult and Commuter Student Services Mentor Networking       2012 – 2014



Instructor, Creative Nonfiction & Publishing, 7th Annual Bartlett Christian Writers Retreat   2016

Guest Speaker/Instructor, Creative Nonfiction & Publishing, Collierville Christian Writers   2016

Guest Speaker/Instructor, Creative Nonfiction & Publishing, Bartlett Christian Writers   2016

Instructor, Creative Nonfiction, Mid-South Student Writers Conference   2015

Panel Moderator, The Last Giant George Spain, Peg Fredi, Southern Book Festival   2015

Instructor, Creative Nonfiction, Pinch Summer Writing Workshops   2015

Guest Speaker, First Tennessee Bank Retirees Luncheon   2015

Board Secretary, Poplar Estates Property Owners Association   2013 – 2016

Board Secretary, Hardeman County Anti-Drug Coalition   2004 – 2008



UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, Memphis, TN                 2015 – Present

The Pinch literary journal

  • Managing Editor (Spring Semester 2016)
  • Assistant Manager (Fall Semester 2015)
  • Nonfiction Editor (Spring Semester 2015)


Plan and manage editing projects including identifying and reporting new content ideas and concepts in the production of a bi-annual print literary journal with revolving online features.


  • Supervisory responsibilities for writer contracts and article fees, guiding proofreaders and copy editors based on project requirements and digital communication and social media efforts.
  • Assist in setting budget, schedules and deadlines for new editing projects including monitoring and controlling expenses.
  • Manage and balance the workload among genre and copy editors while coordinating with them to maintain editorial flow and schedule.
  • Conduct developmental edits and offer input to enhance quality, organization, clarity and content effectiveness while writing or editing content when needed.
  • Recruit and train editors, proofreaders, and editorial assistants.
  • Manage implementation, revision, and distribution of style sheet, style guide, and editorial process documentation.
  • Research current status of recent and/or all past contributors for promotional newsfeed topics, solicit trending writers for work, and thoroughly read all submissions, solicited and unsolicited.


UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, Memphis, TN                 2015 – 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant – Department of English


Provide instruction to students in English Composition in the practice of expository writing with emphasis on content organization and style for different purposes and audiences


  • Instruct students about course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements.
  • Maintain required attendance, scholastic and student records including submitting attendance details as per published guidelines and reporting any concerns to Director of Education.
  • Develop, maintain and evaluate curriculum, recommend options to maintain program currency, utilize approved course materials, and adapt teaching methods to ensure needs of students are met.
  • Develop and organize English language lesson materials, equipment and training modules.
  • Provide students with necessary academic support, tutoring, and skills enhancement.
  • Motivate students through demonstrating professionalism, enthusiasm, sensitivity for their concerns and enriching class teaching from personal experiences.
  • Study and identify different student learning styles and act accordingly.



Admissions Clerk III

Handled admissions for a 162 bed state facility servicing 24 counties in West Tennessee, including referrals, triage, patient processing, training and supervising technicians, assisting physicians and nurses and general administrative functions.


BELK, INCORPORATED, Corinth, MS                                2006 – 2008

Sales Associate

Provided sales assistance and customer service to an established client base.


INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, Middleton, TN                2006 – 2007

Medical Secretary, Mercy Hospice, Inc. (2006)

Furnished temporary administrative, bookkeeping and medical billing services to local area businesses.



Office Manager, Exchange Club – Carl Perkins Center, Bolivar, TN        2003-2006

Owner/Operator, Smart Moves Aerobic Center, Bolivar/Middleton, TN   1998 – 2003

Education Director, The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc., Grand Junction, TN  1993-1998



Computer:  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher), Quickbooks, inDesign