Experience: Senior Editor, RHINO Poetry 2008-Present
Responsibilities: editing an award-winning, nationally recognized literary journal; leadership and planning; recruitment and training of associate editors and interns; facilitation of editorial meetings; serving as a liaison with other literary organizations, e.g. as a poetry workshop leader, Poetry Out Loud judge, audition adjudicator, mentor poet for Von Steuben High School’s Ricochet Review, and panelist for the Illinois Arts Council Literature Program.
Grant Writer, RHINO Poetry 2008-Present
Responsibilities: researching funding sources and securing grants that make up 25% of annual budget. Successfully secured Grants for General Operating Support from the Illinois Arts Council (2009-Present) and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation (2012-2015), as well as Project Specific funding from Poets & Writers, Inc. (2009-Present). Completed and updated Illinois Cultural Data Project profiles (2009- Present).
Creative Writing Faculty, The Chicago High School for the Arts 2016-Present
Responsibilities: creating orginal curricula for a 2-year, modular workshop on Advanced Creative Nonfiction. Teaching the Advanced workshop, open only to juniors and seniors in the Creative Writing Conservatory specializing in Creative Nonfiction.
Grant Writing Certificate Instructor, DePaul University 2016-Present
Responsibilities: creating original syllabi for the grant writing certificate course in the school of Continuing and Professional Education; mentoring adult learners in the process of researching potential funders, drafting Letters of Inquiry, Proposals, and Budgets.
Adjunct Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago 2008-2017
Responsibilities: creating original syllabi and teaching undergraduate courses such as Exploring Poetry, American Literature 1492-1865, American Literature 1865-Present, Studies in American Literature, Women in Literature, and Human Values in Literature.
Adjunct Professor of English, Georgetown University 1996-2006
Responsibilities: creating original syllabi and teaching undergraduate courses such as Re-membering the Americas, 18th and 19th Century Literature: Empire and Resistance, and Composition.
Education: Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Maryland 1997
M.A. Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina 1991
B.S. Spanish and Education, University of Wisconsin 1985 Completed a dissertation entitled Narratives of Treason: Postnational Historiographic Tactics and Late Twentieth Century Fiction in the Americas. Published scholarly articles, presented original papers at academic conferences, served as a Mentor Teaching Assistant, Core Curriculum Coordinator, and Graduate Student Government Representative. Won a Dissertation Fellowship and a Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship. Served as a lecturer and workshop leader for Baltimore County Public Schools and the Institute for Maryland and New Jersey High School English Teachers.
Skills: Published Writer
Poems and articles in numerous journals and anthologies, one book-length collection of poetry, and the Instructor’s Resource Manual and online companion for Beyond Borders: A Cultural Reader (Houghton-Mifflin 2003).
Trained Reading for Fluency Tutor
Working Knowledge of Spanish
Blackboard and Sakai
References and Credentials Available Upon Request