A lifelong Clevelander, I was educated at John Carroll University (BA, 2002), the University of Virginia (MFA, 2004), and the University of Michigan (PhD, 2014), where I wrote my dissertation on the idea of the self in contemporary American poetry. My first book of poems, Weather, received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. I frequently review poetry for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and I am a co-founder and co-curator of the Brews + Prose reading series at Market Garden Brewery.
My training as both a poet and a scholar has fostered an approach to teaching in which I intentionally blur the lines that separate—and too often isolate—studies in creative writing and literature. The idea that authors and audiences collaborate (however distantly) to make meaning in language enriches the creative act of reading and the receptive act of writing. Such collaborative work, I believe, cultivates habits of attention to the expressive and critical qualities of language. More broadly, such habits of attention afford us the opportunity to express and critique our experience of various texts and of the world.