• Professor, MFA Program Director
  • Education

    • M.F.A. in Poetry from Vermont College (1997)

    Selected Publications


    • Mud Song: Poems, Truman State University Press, 2017
    • Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide, Bloomsbury Publishing, January 2014
    • The Terrible Wife: Poems, Salt Publishing, UK, 15 February 2013
    • Getaway Girl: Poems Salt Publishing, UK, 15 March 2011 Winner of the 18th Annual Frederick Morgan Poetry Prize 

    Creative Publications

    • Poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Connecticut Review, Cimarron Review, Painted Bride, Hayden's Ferry, South Carolina Review, Potomac Review, flyway, and elsewhere.
    • Essays and Hybrid Work have appeared in The Missouri Review, New Letters, Chattahoochee Review, Pithead Chapel, Saw Palm, Typehouse, Defunct, and other publications.


    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    20392 CRW6921 Multi-genre Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) W 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
    No Description Available

    No courses found for Fall 2020.

    Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
    61770 CRW4320 Adv Poetry Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) B Unavailable
    No Description Available
    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    17644 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Th 07:30 PM - 10:15 PM Unavailable

    In this section of Advanced Graduate Writing Workshop, poetry and nonfiction writers will push boundaries in form, content, or both. Writers should always be taking risks. Students are encouraged to experiment with their genre area. We'll focus on craft-based discussions of your new writing, with a few conversations about select published works as a way of informing our understanding of craft. Nonfiction students are invited to write all subgenres of literary nonfiction, including memoir, personal essay, flash nonfiction, and literary journalism. Poetry students are encouraged to explore subgenres of poetry, such as prose poetry, fabulist poetry, formal poetry, or hybrid forms. Rather than perfecting your (already) unique voice, polishing elements of craft you use all the time, staying rutted in your tried-and-true structure/form, we will be finding ways to challenge your writing in order to take your writing to a new level. We will also read and discuss contemporary American poetry and essays, as well as the creative process, the elements of poetry and nonfiction, and the principles of writing effectively. Requirements include short weekly writing assignments, critiques, original pieces for workshop, and discussion.

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    90640 CRW4320 Adv Poetry Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    PR: English major or minor, and grade of “C” or better required in CRW 3310

    This is an advanced class for English majors/minors who take poetry seriously and want to prepare to become practicing poets. We’ll begin by exploring the works of several contemporary poets, the terminology necessary to discuss poetry in workshop, and review a few of the current trends in poetry. We will various ways to start poems, deepen our understanding of contemporary trends and issues in poetry and poetics, and examine how to take poems from inception to publication. Assignments include reading 5-6 books of poetry and responding to them, reviewing trends in contemporary poetry, writing a range of poems, and giving and receiving criticism in a spirit of exploration and good citizenship.

    91939 CRW6720 Professional Dev in Crw Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) W 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM Unavailable

    CRW 6720: Professional Development for Creative Writers

    This is a course designed primarily for first semester students in the MFA Creative Writing Program. The lectures, discussions, and assignments in this course are designed to give students the tools they need to make the most of their time in the MFA program. We will explore various ways post-MFAs support their art. This course will provide students with tools to succeed in the MFA program, help students develop a writing life plan for post-MFA life, strengthen teaching-related knowledge and skills vital to both GTA work and future teaching (in a variety of settings), increase students’ knowledge about current editing and publishing trends (such as digital publishing, online literary journals, independent publishing, etc.), introduce you to other professions related to writing (such as community-based literary arts teaching, nonprofit programming, reading series, etc.). 

    Our books will include The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman, Dispatches from the Classroom: Graduate Students on Creative Writing Pedagogy eds. Chris Drew, Joseph Rein, and David Yost, Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century, Prufer, Miller, Kurowski, and Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide, Terry Ann Thaxton. The primary assignments will include a book review, a pedagogy paper, a writing life plan for yourself, presentations, and significant research.