Assistant Professor of Writing
As a teacher:
As a creative writing professor, I encourage writing students to think of themselves as community artists. I believe most writing instruction happens outside the classroom as writers compare notes, share stories or poems, or encourage others who do not write to give it a try. It is my goal to continue to fortify the writing program at Loyola by being a part of the creative writing community and to always be working with students to strengthen it further. This includes encouraging reading events, publishing chapbooks with students, and advising our magazines, The Forum and The Garland.
In Writing 100, I place an emphasis on making writing and essays more personal, relatable, and immediate. My essay assignments are designed to encourage students to become responsible for their learning through critical thinking, analysis, and imagination. Most of my WR 100 classes use a theme (this semester: monsters) to help students think and write about larger and more complicated societal, cultural, and personal issues. I want students to consider how they can add their voices to already existing conversations and how they can gain enough confidence in their ideas to share their writing and viewpoints with others. Here is my Vitae in PDF.
As a writer:
I’m interested in how the non-traditional and ambiguous narrative styles that come naturally to me both mirror and oppose more traditional forms of storytelling, from the most basic—myths and fairy tales—to those we experience in pop culture every day—film and television writing. Currently, I’m working on a novel that explores how a murder has a range of consequences upon the community surrounding it—from those very close to the murderer and the victim, to those who simply read about it in the newspaper. The book’s non-conventional structure seeks to examine how imagination, memory, gossip, and speculation can alter an incident, rewrite it, or allow it to vary from perspective to perspective. There’s also a character living in solitary confinement in a “coffin” on mars.
My collection of short stories, Everyone Here Has a Gun, comes out in November 2013. You can find more information: Amazon.com; University of Massachusetts Press.
You can also find some of my stories published online here:
Two Plumbers: A Love Story and Fieldtrip to the Last Museum
The Safest Place You’ve Ever Been
Under the World
All This in a World Without Dragons
Same Life/Different One