CV

Curriculum Vitae
Updated June 2017

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

2017 – pres. Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Program, California State University, Northridge

EDUCATION

2017 PhD English Literature, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Dissertation: “The Collage Effect: Form and Participatory Reading in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature” 

2012 MFA Creative Writing: Poetry, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Thesis: “Darkness Makes the House”

2008 BA English Writing, Women’s Studies, Religion, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Magna Cum Laude

PUBLICATIONS & SCHOLARSHIP

Refereed Articles
forthcoming “Influence Poetry and Found Poetry: The Reflection of Creative Writing Pedagogy in the Verse Novel for Young Readers,” The Lion and the Unicorn (2018)

2017 “Collage, Confession, and Crisis in Jacqueline Woodson's Verse Novel Brown Girl Dreaming,” Children's Literature Association Quarterly 42.3 

Refereed Book Chapters

forthcoming “Comics Grammar in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Picture Book Collaborations.” The Comics Work of Neil Gaiman: In Darkness, In Light, and In Shadows. Ed. Joseph Micheal Sommers and Kyle Eveleth. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2018.

2017 “Gothic Excess and the Body in Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost.” Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2017. 247 – 59.

2016 “Reimagining the Cautionary Tale: Collage in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s The Wolves in the Walls.” Critical Insights: Neil Gaiman. Ed. Joseph Michael Sommers. Salem, MA: Salem Press, 2016. 81 – 95.

2014 Co-authored with Daniel Clark. “The American Comic Book: A Brief History.” Critical Insights: The American Comic Book. Ed. Joseph Michael Sommers. Salem, MA: Salem Press, 2014. 3 – 20.

Creative Publications
2017 “The Mouth’s Stone House,” American Poetry Journal
2016 “The Pure Thing” & “Haunting the Meadows,” Split Lip Magazine
2016 “Self Portrait as an Abandoned House,” Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal
2014 “With Both Hands Bare” & “With Both Hands Bare Again,” Tupelo Quarterly, Volume 1 Issue 4
2014 “The Creature,” 5x5, Issue 2
2014 “A Curtain Is Drawn,” Barn Owl Review, Issue 7
2013 “Epithalamium for My Sister” & “A Map of Your Body,” io: A Journal of New American Poetry, Issue 11
2012 “Some Version of Paradise,” “Epithalamium,” & “The Wife’s Revolver,” Superstition Review, Issue 9
2011 “Dream of an Incomplete Body,” Quarterly West, Issue 73
2011 “Dream without Hands,” PANK, Volume 6 Issue 16
2011 “sisterbone,” Prism Review, Issue 14
2011 “Juniper Tree,” Weave Magazine, Issue 7
2009 “Two Paintings,” Periphery, Issue 46
2008 “Wednesday Night Dinners,” Periphery, Issue 45
2007 “In my room,” Periphery, Issue 44

Web-Based Publications
The Verse Novel Review: A blog dedicated to the evaluation, analysis, and exploration of the verse novel as a literary form for young readers. Launched in 2016, 64 reviews published to date. http://versenovelreview.blogspot.com/

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS & HONORS

Fellowships, Grants, & Awards

2016/2017 Western Michigan University Dissertation Completion Fellowship ($22,304, two semesters and two sessions tuition, full year teaching release)
2016 ChLA Graduate Student Essay Award: PhD Level Winner ($250)
2016, 2015 Western Michigan University English Department Conference Travel Grant ($500)
2014, 2013 Western Michigan University Graduate Student Travel Grant, PhD ($700)
2012 Western Michigan University Graduate Student Travel Grant, MFA ($700)

Teaching Awards

2012 All-University Award for Graduate Teaching Effectiveness
2012 English Department Master’s Level Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award
2012 Norma Van Rheenen Award for Graduate Teaching Effectiveness in English Composition

Research and Creative Scholarship Honors

2011 – pres. Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society
2010 – 2011 AWP Intro Award in Poetry, Western Michigan University Finalist
2005 – 2008 Drake University Presidential Scholarship
2007 – 2008 Drake University Academic President’s List
2005 – 2007 Drake University Academic Dean’s List
2006 – 2008 Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society

ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Panels Chaired

2016 “Horror in Children’s Literature: All Things Neil Gaiman,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Columbus, OH

2015 “Trauma in Children’s Literature,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Richmond, VA

2014 “A Diversity of Forms in Young Adult Literature: Exploring the Isolated Protagonist in Contemporary Verse, Film, and Fictions,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Columbia, SC

Papers Presented

2017 “Misfits, Celebration, & Participation: Imagined Futures through the Collaged Self in David Levithan’s Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story,” Children’s Literature Association Conference in June, Tampa, FL

2016 “Reimagining the Cautionary Tale: Animation through Collage in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s The Wolves in the Walls,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Columbus, OH

2016 “The Verse Novel for Young Readers: Collage, Confession, and Crisis in Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Columbus, OH

2015 “Trauma, Poverty, and Punishment: British Culture and Social Change of the 1960s in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Richmond, VA

2014 “Diverse Perspectives: Exploring Lyricality and Narrativity in Virginia Euwer Wolff’s Make Lemonade and Helen Frost’s Keesha’s House,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Columbia, SC

2014 “Exploring Gothic Excess and the Body in Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost,” ComiConference 2, Mt. Pleasant, MI

2013 “Playing at the Impolite: Risky Discourse Between Girl and Cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Biloxi, MS

2012 “Female Subjectivity and Power as Transformative Agents in the YA Verse Novels of Francesca Lia Block and Ellen Hopkins,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, California State University, Northridge 2017 – pres.

ENGL 428, Children’s Literature (fall 2017)
ENGL 333, Comics and Graphic Novels (fall 2017)
LRS 300, Liberal Studies Gateway (fall 2017)

Instructor of Record, Western Michigan University, 2009 – 2016

ENGL 3840, Adolescent Literature (fall 2013)
ENGL 3830, Literature for the Intermediate Reader (spring 2016, fall 2015, spring 2015, fall 2014, fall 2012, fall 2011)
ENGL 3820, Literature for the Young Child (spring 2014, spring 2013)
ENGL 1050, Thought and Writing (9 sections; spring 2012, fall 2011, spring 2011, fall 2010, spring 2010, fall 2009)

Teaching Assistant, Western Michigan University, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Summer 2016, Fall 2016

ENGL 5970, Introduction to Comics Studies with Dr. Gwen Athene Tarbox (fall 2016)
ENGL 5830, Multicultural Adolescent Literature (online) with Dr. Gwen Athene Tarbox (summer 2016)
ENGL 3840, Adolescent Literature (large lecture) with Dr. Gwen Athene Tarbox (fall 2012)
ENGL 3820, Literature for the Young Child with Dr. Gwen Athene Tarbox (spring 2011)

Research Assistant with Dr. Gwen Athene Tarbox, Western Michigan University, Summer 2011

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Editorial Experience

2011 – pres. Production Editor, Comparative Drama, Kalamazoo, MI

2009 – 2013 Third Coast, Kalamazoo, MI
Poetry Editor, 2011 – 2013
Managing Editor, 2010 – 2011
Editorial Assistant in Poetry, 2009 – 2011

2011 New Issues Press, Kalamazoo, MI
Editorial Assistant for the New Issues Poetry Prize: First Book

Departmental and Professional Service

2017 – pres. The Lion and the Unicorn, referee
2016 – pres. Childrens Literature Association Quarterly, referee
2015 – pres. Childrens Literature in Education, referee
2009 – pres. Association of Graduate English Students, member, Western Michigan University
2011 English 1050 Ambassador, Professional Development Workshop Assistant, Western Michigan University
2011 Coordinator of the Third Coast Graduate Reading Series, Kalamazoo, MI

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Poetry Readings

2012 Poetry Reading, Literary Life Bookstore, Grand Rapids, MI
2011 Third Coast Graduate Reading Series, Kalamazoo, MI
2008 Poetry Reading, Drake University’s Writers & Critics Series, Des Moines, IA
2006 – 2008 Drake University Writers’ Night, Des Moines, IA

Poster Presentations

2012 Research and Creative Activities Poster Presentation, Western Michigan University
2009 Multi-Literacy in First Year Writing Poster Presentation, Teaching Writing: Ideas, Practices, and Possibilities, Western Michigan University Conference

Non-Academic Work Experience

2007 – 2009 House of Mercy, Teen Resident Counselor, Des Moines, IA
2007 – 2008 Drake University, Writing Workshop Tutor, Des Moines, IA

TEACHING AREAS

Children’s Literature
Adolescent Literature
Multicultural Children’s and Adolescent Literature
Comics Studies
Poetry
Creative Writing
The Coming of Age Narrative
Literary Theory
British Romanticism
English Composition

LANGUAGES

French, translation proficiency with a dictionary

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2012 – pres. Children’s Literature Association
2008 – pres. Association of Writers and Writing Programs