- Adjunct Assistant Professor
- Division: Humanities
- Department: English
Why I love teaching at Molloy College
I really enjoy teaching Molloy students because they have genuine curiosity about the world they inhabit. They like to be challenged, and they keep the classroom dynamic!
I specialize in twentieth-century poetry and creative writing in poetry, but I love to read and teach literature from many periods and genres. I also have an interest in women's studies.
What I am working on
While I'll always write poetry because it's my first love, I am currently working on a novel as well. I am also revising my MFA critical thesis on twentieth-century poets Dorothy Parker, Mina Loy, Louise Bogan, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. I hope to find a home for that essay in a journal soon.
Challenging students is important, as is keeping the classroom an interesting place. I strive to give students feedback on their work that will help them improve their writing and argumentation abilities in lasting ways. It's important to me for students to become better analytical thinkers because that makes them better citizens.
- 2008 - Ph.D. English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
- 2011 - M.F.A. Poetry Writing, The New School
- 1994 - B.A. English Literature/Creative Writing in Poetry, Northwestern University
For poetry, some favorites include The Last Lunar Baedeker by Mina Loy, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poems New and Collected by Wislawa Szymborska,The Palm at the End of the Mind by Wallace Stevens, and a few novels I love are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and A Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy.
- Oz at Night, October 2011, NYQ Books
- Hints and Allegations, September 2009, NYQ Books
Poems Published in Journals
- Gargoyle Magazine #58, 2012, "The Nicene Creed Meets the Jabberwocky"
- The Nervous Breakdown, December 31, 2011, "My Red-Brown Hair"
- Paddlefish, 2011, "Commodity Trading," "Stolen Identity," and "Oz at Night"
- Rattle, 2011, "To Thomas Pynchon Regarding The Crying of Lot 49"
- Lips #34/35, 2011, "The Death of Stir Fry"
- amphibi.us, May 1, 2011, "The Night Fred Lost It"
- Playground Literary Journal, April 2011, "A Description of Kant's Categorical Imperative
- in a Women's Clothing Catalogue," "In the Days"
- Best American Poetry Blog, January 3, 2011, "Upon Reading Berryman's Sonnets"
- New York Quarterly, Issue #66, "Revisiting El Dorado, Arkansas"
- Pirene's Fountain, April 2010, "Cups"
- Toronto Quarterly, Issue #3, "Seed"
- decomP magazinE, January 2009, "Insomnia"
- Barefoot Muse, Winter 2008, "Unscathed"
- New York Quarterly, Issue #63, "Prostration"
- New York Quarterly, Issue #62, "The Desert"
- New York Quarterly, Issue #61, "Listen"
- Mad Poets Review, July 2005, "Fantasy"
- Soul Fountain, Vol. #24 Winter 2005, "Listen"
- Dufus 8.2, 2004, "The Desert"
- Pennine Ink 26, December 2004, "A Gift"
- Gentle Reader, Issue #31, "A Gift"
- Zillah, Autumn 2004, "This Intuition"
- Poetry Bay, Summer 2004, "Her Quilt"
- Poetic Hours, May 2004 "Hair and Nails"
- Down in the Dirt, April 2004 #8, "A Gift" and "Hair and Nails"
Essays Published in Journals
- The Nervous Breakdown, April 2012: "Bringing Back Mina Loy"
- Xchanges 4.2, February 2005, Wayne State University: "A Vicious American Memory:
- Sylvia Plath's Feminist Criticism of Wars, Wars, Wars"
- Quiet Mountain Essays 2.VII, 2004: "Politics Are in the Details"