Education:

* MFA in creative writing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2005

* MA in English and creative writing, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, 2001

* BA in English, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, 1999

 

Honors:

* Honorable Mention, Loft-Jerome Emerging Writers Grant, Summer 2016

* Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant, Spring 2016

* Finalist, Glimmer Train Stories Fiction Open, Winter 2014

* Finalist, Mary C. Mohr Editor’s Award, Southern Indiana Review, January 2014

* Finalist, Glimmer Train Stories Fiction Open, Summer 2013

* Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, July 2012

* 2nd-year Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Oct. 2010-May 2011

* Nomination by Cerise Press for Best American Short Stories, December 2009

* Semi-finalist, Iowa Short Fiction Awards, December 2008

* Nomination for Pushcart Prize, by The Emprise Review, December 2008

* Semi-finalist, Black River Chapbook Competition, Black Lawrence Press, Spring 2008

* Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Oct. 2007-May 2008

* Nomination for Pushcart Prize, by Glimmer Train Stories, November 2007

* Loft/McKnight Fellowship, fiction, Minneapolis, MN, May 2007-May 2008

* Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2007

* First place in Glimmer Train Stories Summer Fiction Open, 2006

* Bush Artist Fellowship in fiction, Archibald Bush Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, 2005

* Loft Mentorship Series, Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2004-2005

* Nomination, Best New American Voices, Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2005

* Gesell Award for fiction, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2003 & 2005

* Gesell Award Honorable Mention, poetry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2003

* Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, 2001

* Andrew James Purdy Prize for short fiction, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, 2001

* The John Engman Literary Prize, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, 1996, 1998

 

Selected Publications, Public Presentations of Work, & Community Work:

*Writing Urban Legends and Whodunits series for Book Buddy Digital Media (Full Tilt Press, September 2016-present; publication dates 2017 and 2018)

* Writer/Collaborator on Scenes from Crocus Hill, with Julie Johnson,Zeitgeist Composer Workshop Showcase, June 7-June 11, 2014

* Dramaturg, Aaron Gabriel’s The End of September, Theater Latte Da’s NEXT: New Musicals in the Making, April 21-May 4, 2014

* Volunteer facilitator, Minnesota Book Awards, Creative Nonfiction category, January 2014

* Review of The Cosmopolitans by Nadia Kalman, Provincetown Arts, Summer 2011

* Excerpt from Winter’s Charm, a novel, in Cerise Press, November 2009

* Chapbook of poems, Fun & Games, with Finishing Line Press, July 2009

* Volunteer in Fringe Theater Festival, Minneapolis, MN, August 2008

* Volunteer in voter education project for Minnesota’s “Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment,” 2008

* Member of Provincetown Players Playwriting Lab, Provincetown, MA, October 2007-May 2008

* Fiction in New South, Fall/winter 2008

* Fiction in The Emprise Review, November 2008

* Fiction in Puerto Del Sol, Summer 2008

* Poetry review in Pleiades (Spring 2008)

* Reading at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, December 8, 2007

* Staged reading of a play, Act I of "Who Wears a Gold Ring," at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, November 2007

* Play in Phantasmagoria (spring/summer issue, 2007)

* Reading at the Celebrate Fiction Series, The Happy Gnome, St. Paul, March 2007

* Fiction in Glimmer Train Stories (August 2007)

* Reading at the Loft Literary Center, Loft Mentor Series Program, Minneapolis, October 2004

* Poetry in The Rio Grande Review, 2003

* Fiction in Nidus, 2003

* Fiction in Claire, 2003

* Fiction in Touchstone, 2003

* Fiction in Pif, 2002

* Book reviews in The Hollins Critic, 2000, 2001

* Nonfiction in The Minnesota Women’s Press, 2000

* Theater reviews in Siren, 2000

* Poetry in Gypsy Cab, 1996

* Fiction in Dust and Fire, 1995

 

Bibliography:

* Profile & interview in Grist, The Journal For Writers, “Emerging Writers” Series, 2011

* “Close to the Bone,” profile by Sue Harrison for Provincetown Banner, December 6, 2007

 

Selected Professional Writing Experience:

* Literary biography, Tess Gallagher, American Writers Supplement Volume XXIV, 2012-2013

* Literary biography, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, American Writers Supplement Volume XXIII, 2011-2012

* Fiction reader/editor, Our Stories, online literary magazine, fall 2009-present

* Grant-writing for private clients, Minneapolis, MN, September 2008-present

* Publicity for musicians, June 2008-present

* Manuscript critiques for private clients, online work, August 2008-present

* Critical biographies of poets for the Greenwood Poetry Encyclopedia, 2004

* Program notes for music ensembles, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, 1998-2000

* Collaborator with composer Aaron Gabriel on song cycle, 1999-2000

 

Selected Teaching & Adjudication:

* Instructor, English 321 (Fiction Two), Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, Fall 2014

* Teaching artist,Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN, winter 2012

* First round judge, Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, Sarabande Books, winter 2012

* Fiction jury, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, spring 2011

* Instructor of composition class, Augsburg College, spring 2009

* Judge for National Scholastic Writing Awards, MCTC, January 2009

* Instructor in creative writing, International Music Camp, June 22-28, 2008

* Instructor of Intro to Fiction, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, fall 2004

* Writing mentor, SASE Wings Young Authors Program for youth, summer-fall 2004

* Instructor of Intro to Poetry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, spring 2004

* Instructor of Intro to Creative Writing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, fall 2002

* Judge for National PTA Reflections Program in Roanoke, VA, 2000-2001

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