My first book, Bastard Heart, was published in 2014 and was a finalist for the Utah Book Award in Poetry. Recent awards include a Commendation in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, Finalist for the Mary C. Mohr Award in Poetry, Third Place for the Hippocrates International Prize in Poetry and Medicine, Finalist for the New Millennium Nonfiction Prize, and fellowships from the Jentel Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Moulin à Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France. Recent poetry and creative nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in journals such as Tupelo Quarterly, The Offing, Diode, The Normal School, and Southern Indiana Review.
A graduate of the University of Utah’s PhD program in Creative Writing and Literature and the University of Oregon’s MFA program in
Poetry, I have taught most recently at Aalto University School of Art, Design, and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland; the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and Loyola
University Maryland. I now live in Baltimore.
A second book, Relief Effort (finalist for the Georgia Poetry Prize and other
competitions), is currently under review. I'm also at work on two new projects: a book of poems from Kyrgyzstan, Regarding the Sluice Gates of Bishkek,
and a book of lyric photo/text essays about recovery, tentatively titled Injury. For more, download my CV below.