Professor and Coordinator of Creative Writing

Austin Peay State University



Doctor of Philosophy, English, University of Denver, 2006 

Master of Arts, English, University of Colorado Boulder, 2001

Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Virginia, 1997




Professor, Austin Peay State University, 2017-present

Coordinator of Creative Writing, Austin Peay State University, 2014-present

Associate Professor, Austin Peay State University, 2012-2017

Assistant Professor, Austin Peay State University, 2007-2012



First Place, London Magazine Essay Competition, January 2019

First Place, Writers at Work Creative Nonfiction Contest, April 2018

Finalist, Erskine J. Poetry Prize, Smartish Pace, January 2018

Peter Taylor Fellowship, Kenyon College Nature Writing Workshop, July 2016 (sole recipient)

Second Place, Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, 2016

Individual Artist’s Fellowship, Tennessee Arts Commission, 2015

VCCA Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2014

Scholarly and Creative Fellowship Program Grant Recipient, Austin Peay State University, Summer 2014





     Everything in the Universe (Iris Press, June 2016)

     Cracker Sonnets (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2016)

    Creeks of the Upper South, co-authored with William Wright (Jacar Press and Unicorn Press, 2016)



     Think I’ll Go Eat A Worm (Iris Press, 2019)

     Wherever the Land Is: Essays (MIEL Books, 2016)

     Rhinestones in the Bed, or Cracker Crumbs (Dancing Girl Press, 2014)

     The Garden Will Give You A Fat Lip (Pavement Saw Press, 2012)

     Farm (Finishing Line Press, 2010)

     There Are No New Ways to Kill A Man (Apostrophe Books, 2008)


Anthologized Work

      “Habitat,” Southern Ecology Anthology, Ed. J. Bruce Fuller, (Yellow Flag Press, forthcoming 2019)

      “Coralee Robbins Mafficks the Fall of Art” Luminaire Awards Triennial Anthology (Alternating Current Press, 2019)

     “THIHACOIAAGT,” Waveform: Anthology of Women Essayists, Ed. Marcia Aldrich, (University of Georgia Press, 2016)

     “In That Place,” Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry Anthology, Eds. William Wright, Daniel Cross Turner, (University of South Carolina Press, 2016)

    Five poems from Everything in the Universe, Litscapes: Collected U.S. Writings, Eds. Caitlin Alvarez, Kass Fleisher, (Steerage Press, 2015)

    “The Amys Apologize,” Before Passing, Ed. Jane Ormerod, et al. (great weather for MEDIA Press, 2015)

    “Excerpt from The Butterfly Nail: Prose Translations of Emily Dickinson,” The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, Ed. Megan Milks, (Lake           Forest College Press, 2015)

     Two poems, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Eds. Jesse Graves, Paul Ruffin, and William Wright, Volume VI, Tennessee (Texas A&M University Press,      2013)



“I Knew Some of Them, But They All Knew Me: An Essay,” Georgia Review, forthcoming Summer 2019

       “Circle of Willis,” Fourth Genre, forthcoming Summer 2019

       “Hologram from Milan,” The London Magazine, forthcoming June 2019

       “Learning from Plants,” The Hedgehog Review, Fall 2018

     “When A Bug Man Loves A Woman,” Ninth Letter, Climate-themed issue, July 2018

     “Specimen,” Quarterly West, June 2018

     “The Last Phone Call,” Brevity, May 2018

     “Tender to the Bone: Interview with Dorothy Allison,” Guernica, May 2018

     “The Sun, the Moon, the Watermelon Flowers,” Center for Humans and Nature, October 2017

     “Writing the Land,” Seminary Ridge Review, Fall 2017

     “It’s Just a Matter of Time Before Americans Eat Insects: Interview with Marcel Dicke,” Guernica, June 2017

     “Mind Body Unity as the Root of Moral Growth,” Resilient Future Questions, Center for Humans and Nature, May 2017

     “On Self Assignment,” The Writer, February 2017

      “All Flow: An Interview with Amy Wright and William Wright” StorySouth, Issue 42, Fall 2016

      “Mēl,” Kenyon Review, Volume 37, Number 5, September/October 2015

      “The Crystal Lattice” Baltimore Review, Fall 2015

      “Beondegi (canned),” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Twelfth Batch, August 2014

      “Melu,” Written River, Volume 5, Issue 1, July 2014

      “One Art, Any Number of Works,” DIAGRAM magazine 14.2, Spring 2014

      “Think I’ll Go Eat a Worm,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, Volume 14, Number 4, Winter 2014

      “Horse Sense” and “Excerpt from The Butterfly Nail,Tupelo Quarterly Review, Issue 2 January 2014


Book Reviews                                                     

     J. Drew Lanham’s The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, Brevity, January 2017

     Alison Hawthorne Deming’s Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, Kenyon Review Online, September 2016

     Joni Tevis’ The World is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse, Kenyon Review Online, Sepember 2016

     Patrice Vecchione’s Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life, Brevity, April 2016

     Gary Snyder’s The Great Clod: Notes and Memoirs on Nature and History in East Asia, Essay Daily, April 2016

     Harrison Candelaria Fletcher’s Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams, Brevity, April 2016

     Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, Discoveries from a Secret World, Kenyon Review Online,                September 2015


Selected Recent Poetry

     Published or forthcoming in: Appalachian Heritage, Smartish Pace, Still: The Journal,

     The Hollins Critic, The Volta, The Collagist, CALYX, Bluestem, Birmingham Poetry Review,, Newfound Journal, Ohio Edit, The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose,

     and Thought, Baltimore Review, Salamander, Canary



Undergraduate Courses (Past and Present)

     Honors Seminar: The Art of Science and Nature Writing

     English Composition I and II

     Expository Writing

     Introduction to Creative Writing

     Writing Poetry

     Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction

     Poetry for Creative Writers

     Literary Writers’ Marketplace

Graduate Courses (Past and Present)     

     Seminar in Creative Writing: Nonfiction

      Art of the Book Review



            Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

            Womenʼs National Book Association (WNBA)

            Poets & Writers



Nonfiction Editor, Zone 3 Press (2010-present)

Nonfiction Editor, Zone 3 Journal (2007-present)