Vita

You can find a lot about what I’ve been working on by checking out my Contently page, but if you want to really dig in there, here’s my vita:

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts: GPA: 3.062
College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM Major: Creative Writing, Political Science Graduation Date: Spring 2004
Extra Curricular: Class Senator, Vice President: Student Action League, Activity Planning coordinator, Resident Advisor, Slam Poetry Collegiate Team (travel)
Master of Fine Arts: GPA: 3.87 Thesis: Roadside Fires Burning: A Moveable Essay on How to Leave
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA Focuses: Poetry, Nonfiction Graduation Date: Spring 2009
Areas of Interest: Publishing, Travel Writing, workshops, introducing many visiting writers
Continuing Ed:
Course completion, Grant Writing 101, 102: Community College of Allegheny County

ACHIEVEMENTS

Awards for Writing
2015, Lucille Clifton Scholarship, Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Workshop
2014, Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship for Nature and Environmental Writing, 1 month residency, Vermont Studio Center (attended 2015)
2014, Intro Prize Manuscript Finalist (Frank O’Hara Save Me Now), Four Way Books
2013, Second Place, Jan-Ai Scholarship to Murphy Writing Seminar’s Winter Getaway
2012, $10,000 anonymous donor award for excellence
2011, Manuscript Finalist (Blanket and Shake), Peal Editions
2011, Manuscript Finalist (Chain Down the Moon), Qarrtsiluni Press
2011, Acceptance and Attendance, A Room Of Her Own Retreat
2011, Finalist, Flight School Fellowship
2010, Honorable Mention, Sacramento Poetry Center Poetry Contest
2010, Acceptance with Partial Scholarship, Vermont Studio Center
2009, First Finalist, Best Poetry Thesis, Chatham University
2004, Best Poetry Collection, College of Santa Fe
2004, First Place Poetry, College of Santa Fe writing contest
2000, Fourth Round Nationals, National Youth Slam Poetry Competition

PUBLICATIONS

Chapbooks
Mixtape, poetry (anthology), Blast Furnace Press, 2015
Storm the Muse, poetry, Longshore Press, 2015
Glossary of Tania Aebi, creative biography (prose persona poems), Finishing Line Press, 2011
Are You Free, poetry (anthology), GlassKey Press, 2009

Poetry
“Ode to Traveling Solo.” Majestic Disorder, 2015
“If You Like Pina Coladas.” Pittsburgh City Paper/Chapter & Verse, 2014
“How to Write a Zine (Age 14).” Sugar House Review, 2014
“Upon Realizing Your Death.” Willows Wept Review, 2012
“A Map of the Body.” CHEST, 2012
“Hiking in New Mexico after the Fire Ban is Lifted.” 200 New Mexico Poems, Anthology, 2012
“Theory for the Relativity of Pain (elegy for Ribbit).” Willows Wept Review, 2012
“Truth About Margaret” (with audio recording). Qarrtsiluni Press, 2011
“My Father, the Detective, Understands Nothing About Poetry.” Blast Furnace Press, 2011
“This Summer, Dying on Us.” Pittsburgh City Paper/Chapter & Verse, 2011
“Women of the Night,” “Anniversary Gift.” Ms. Guided, 2008
“What the Guidebooks Never Tell Us.” SHINE, 2007
Selected Poems, Glyph, 2003, 2004

Nonfiction
“Calling the Shots: Dream Phone.” Pittsburgh City Paper, 2015
“Heady Tripp: Waxahatchee.” Pittsburgh City Paper, 2015
“Bus Meets Bike.” Pop City, 2015
“Shop Local, Eat Global.” Pop City, 2014
“To Your Health.” Pop City, 2014
“What You Always Wanted to Know About the Bicycle but Were Afraid to Ask.” Women’s Adventure, 2014
“And Access For All: Maestro Cycles.” Pop City, 2014
“Art of Conflict: Conflict Kitchen.” “STIR Journal, 2014
“California Uber Alleys.” Bicycle Times, 2012
“Ghost Rider in the Berms.” Bicycle Times, 2011
“Andy has a Button That Says, This is What a Feminist Looks Like.” Blast Furnace Press,
2011(nominated for Best of the Web)
“Allegory.” Shadyside Review, 2010 (nominated for Best of the Web)
“Bicycle Touring.” Bicycle Times, 2010
“Tehuantepec.” Eclectica, 2010
“How to Leave.” DecomP, 2009
“Femicide.” Broadside, 2008
“Maquiladoras.” The Independent, 2002

Book Reviews
“Diwata.” Coal Hill Review, 2011

Memberships
International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor, Community College of Allegheny County February 2011 through current
Courses taught: Memoir & Memories
Memoir II (created on request of former Memoir & Memories students)
Travel Writing
Creative Writing for Beginners
Substitute Teacher, Chatham University Jan 2007 through 2009
Supported professors by continuing their mission of excellence in the classroom; designed lesson plans based on specific classes; interviewed writers and recorded them reading selected pieces to further enhance student connection with and understanding of author and style of writing. Assigned writing prompts for classroom and home. Prepared students for upcoming reading or lecture of visiting poet. Professor noted student retention of materials (based on quiz results from the following classes) to be some of the highest of the semesters.
Guest Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh Dec 2009
Instructed students on importance of research in creative writing. Used examples of own work to show integration of personal experience and enriching information. Taught students special techniques for researching and for proper balance of researched information and personal experience. According to professor, lesson boosted 98% of students’ final papers up at least a half grade.
Substitute Teacher, Guest Lecturer, Hull Middle School Dec 2000 through Dec 2003
Created lesson plans for lectures and classes. Maintained an engaging environment for creativity and enthusiastic structured learning. Introduced students to poetry through Slam Poetry, including audible samples of slam poets and of hip hop artists who started their careers as poets. Prompted students to write their own poetry, working either as individuals or in groups, which they performed in class. Teacher noted student interest in poetry to significantly increase each year after series of lectures, including many “troubled” students to volunteer in class for the first time ever.
Miscellaneous Teaching Experience
I have also taught bicycle mechanic classes, mostly to women. I have worked as a camp counselor for at-risk youths, have organized and coached a youth street hockey league in my community in Boston, have worked as a resident advisor and as a peer leader, going to public school classrooms to work as an educator for issues not commonly dealt with in the class environment.

EDITING EXPERIENCE

Freelance Copywriting, VerticalBrands.com Jun 2011-present
Write Copy for real estate sites, descriptions of cities, apartment complexes, and creature comforts that make us glad to come home.
Freelance Writing/Editing, Self-Employed Mar 2008 – present
Work as an independent contractor writing copy for websites and magazines; edit manuscripts at a per-page rate for clarity, consistency, content and grammar; aid publications in screening manuscripts and submissions to help insure submission feedback in a timely manner and a respectable collection in the final production; aid authors in publishing manuscripts; organize author readings; teach classes on creative writing.
Legal Secretary, Mary Bower Sheats, Esquire Jan 2007 – Jun 2008, Oct 2010 – current
Write, process, and file legal documents; write letters to clients and opposing parties; field phone calls, make confirmation calls, visit state departments; keep lawyers’ papers and files organized and prepared for meetings.
Co-Editor, Coal Hill Review Jan 2009 – July 2009
Filtered submissions to online journal; kept track of submissions/replies; wrote rejection letters to each individual not selected for publication; monitored online growth; published paper poetry chapbook for winner of chapbook competition; organized phone conferences with other editors and designers in and out of office.
Intern, Assistant Editor, Autumn House Press Aug 2008 – July 2009
In charge of mass mailings, check deposits, and other clerical work; organized important reading events for visiting poets and authors; organized community outreach events throughout Pittsburgh; designed and distributed event fliers throughout community; on brainstorm committee in charge of outreach and promotions; attended board meetings; trained/mentored incoming interns; filtered manuscripts for poetry contest
Reader (volunteer), Fourth River Jan 2007 – Jan 2008
Screened submissions for quality and relevance to theme of publication; kept track of submission flow and aided editors by helping make productivity more streamline.
Editor, Glyph Aug 2002 – May 2004
Screened submissions for quality; worked with layout to assure proper aesthetics and page count; worked on promotional board to organize readings and flier distribution
Poetry Editor, Harborlight Sept 1998 – May 2000
Fought to include weekly segment of creative expression in newspaper; sought out quality poetry within youth community; worked with publishers to properly edit layout.

REFERENCES

Available upon request.

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