Adjunct Faculty

Year Started at JMU: 2016

Contact Info


M.F.A., Creative Writing (non-fiction and fiction), Vermont College of Fine Arts, July 2012

B.A., Studio Art, Houghton College, 2001

Professional Focuses

First-year composition, commonplace book pedagogy, personal essays, visual poetry 


"How to Teach Students to Organize their Essays." SPELT Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 31-36. Pakistan: Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers, 2017.

"In Praise of Lichens: We are Lichenicolous Fungi." Co-authored with lichenologist John Villella, published in PAN: Philosophy, Activism, Nature, no. 10, 2013. (Monash University, Australia)


True Teen Stories from Somalia: Surviving War and al-Shabaab, part of the Surviving Terror: True Teen Stories from around the World series. Cavendish Square Press, January 2019.

Human Rights in Contemporary Africa, part of the Focus on Africa series. Cavendish Square Press, January 2017

Literary Criticism
"Syntactical and Image Patterns in Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek," in Numéro Cinq, March 2013

"John Agee's Unconventional Use of Colons," in Numéro Cinq, February 2011

"On Fire," short story published in anthology Tongue-screws and Testimonies, 2011

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