Fenton Hall 242
M.F.A., West Virginia University, 2011
I am a Chautauqua County native with an MFA in Fiction from WVU. My interests include the Feminine Grotesque, dark humor, and narratives of the body. In addition to short fiction, I write poetry and personal essays.
I love teaching fiction and poetry, and I am constantly encouraging my students to approach the material from their own lives in new ways. I believe that good writing requires a lot of reading, experimentation, and hard work. I want my students to reap the benefits of all these things.
I find the Feminine Grotesque fascinating, and as I've said, narratives of the body (especially the "grotesque" body) pull me in again and again. I am also interested in the connection of place to the body and to history, and the way language shapes each of us.