EDUCATION

In Progress. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. University of Pittsburgh. Expected: April 2019.

Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. State University of New York at Geneseo. May 2015. 

 

TEACHING

ENGWRT 710: Introduction to Audio Storytelling
Instructor | University of Pittsburgh | Spring 2019

Podcasts are growing as an industry and as an art form. There has never been a better time to tell stories in sound. In this introductory production course, students explore the craft of narrative audio across genres, including live storytelling, profiles, and flash fiction. Through a series of short creative projects, they learn the foundations of interviewing, field recording, scripting, structure, and sound design, while gaining basic technical competency in professional audio editing software. Class sessions will include a blend of discussions, workshops, and hands-on production, preparing students for more advanced work in the medium.

Experiments in Audio: Adapting Essays for the Ear
Teaching Assistant | Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Spring 2019

With the growth of podcasting, the personal essay has undergone a kind of renaissance. But what do audio essays require of us as writers? How can we best exploit the spokenness of the medium—and the potential of sound itself? In this two-part, hands-on workshop, students will explore ways of bringing new life to their writing in this burgeoning medium.

ENGWRT 610: Introduction to Journalism & Nonfiction
Instructor | University of Pittsburgh | Fall 2018

Nonfiction is a genre defined by what it’s not: fiction. Ultimately, though, the essay is a restless beast. It roams the space between objectivity and subjectivity, between art and fact, between poetry and prose. As such, this is a class based in exploration as we attempt to define the genre for ourselves as a group. Throughout the course, we’ll examine more “traditional” forms of creative nonfiction—including narrative journalism and personal essay—as well as forms that bust through the walls of convention, like the lyric essay and audio essay. Class meetings will be split between experimenting with writing exercises, discussing student writing, and examining published works. By learning to identify how other writers tell their stories, we will write our own. There are stories everywhere: around you and within you. Let’s go find some.

ENGCMP 200: Seminar in Composition: Exploring Social (In)justice
Instructor | University of Pittsburgh | Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

This class gives students an opportunity to learn and practice college-level writing skills through a social justice framework. We will read and respond to texts that unpack the current sociopolitical moment, with an emphasis on race, refugee, and mass incarceration issues. Our writing will cover a broad range of forms involving personal, creative, analytical, and research-based approaches. During the course of this semester, you will grow as a reader, writer, and critical thinker—skills that will help you not only throughout your journey in college, but also in whatever career you decide to pursue. In this class, we will maintain a positive learning environment based on open communication and mutual respect. Sometimes the dialogue we will engage in about various subjects may be intense, and this is the place to discuss differing opinions with a view towards intellectual growth. So enter this class every day without judgment, be open-minded, listen, and learn.

Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Teaching Assistant | UVA Young Writers Workshop | Summer 2017

Creative nonfiction writers deploy the devices of great fiction for telling true stories. In this workshop, students will take their literary skills into field assignments, using riveting description, charged dialogue, and strong narrative structure to bring truth to the page with the force of fiction.

ENGCMP 200: Seminar in Composition
Instructor | University of Pittsburgh | Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

This introductory course offers students opportunities to improve as writers by developing their understanding of how they and others use writing to interpret and share experience, affect behavior, and position themselves in the world. Student writing is the primary focus in this discussion-based class. The course is designed to help students become more engaged, imaginative, and disciplined composers.

Graphic Fiction & Nonfiction
Teaching Assistant | UVA Young Writers Workshop | Summer 2015

In this innovative workshop, writers will create fiction or nonfiction—or both!—by combining their own particular visual and verbal styles. Graphic texts—one of the most popular new mediums for storytelling—incorporate craft techniques from multiple forms, rendering unique narratives that work on textual as well as visual levels. Instruction will accommodate a wide range of drawing abilities; it’s the story that matters most!

 

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

Editor-in-Chief. Hot Metal BridgeJanuary 2018-present.

[In Brackets] Podcast Producer. August 2017-May 2018.

Nonfiction Editor. May-December 2017. 

Advisory Editor. Gandy Dancer. August 2015-present. 

Managing Editor. May 2014-January 2015.

Creative Nonfiction Editor. January-May 2014. 

Assistant Essays Editor. The RumpusNovember 2015-February 2017.

Essays Reader. March-November 2015.

 

AWARDS & HONORS

Department of English Research & Development Grant | Summer 2018

Project: “A Reconciliation of Voices: Tracing Craig Colony”

International Studies Fund Grant | Summer 2017

Project:“Investigating Historical Ties Between Epileptic Colonies in the U.S. & Germany”

Klinzing Grant for Pre-Dissertation Research on the European Union | Summer 2017

Project: “Investigating Historical Ties Between Epileptic Colonies in the U.S. & Germany”

Stanley Prostrednik Nationality Room Memorial Award | Summer 2017

Project: “Investigating Historical Ties Between Epileptic Colonies in the U.S. & Germany”

AWP National Program Directors’ Prize for Content in an Undergrad Lit Journal: Top 5 Finalist | Spring 2015

Managing Editor: Gandy Dancer, Issue 3.1

 

CONFERENCES & PANELS

Digital Showcase, University of Pittsburgh. Audio Documentary: “Home But Not Home.”

GREAT Day: Symposium of Creative & Scholarly Endeavors, SUNY Geneseo. Presenter: “Shifting Roles: Gandy Dancer’s Managing Editors”

GREAT Day: Symposium of Creative & Scholarly Endeavors, SUNY Geneseo. Presenter: “Documentary Poetry: Crossing Genre Lines.”

AWP: Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference & Bookfair. Roundtable Panelist: “Forum of Undergraduate Student Editors (FUSE) Caucus.”

FUSE: Forum of Undergraduate Student Editors Annual Conference. Presenter: “Creating Community through a System-wide Journal.”

 

DIGITAL & TECHNICAL SKILLS

Proficient Skills: Adobe Creative Suite (including Audition, Premiere, Photoshop, & InDesign); Audacity Open Source Software; Kodak PixPro 360 Editing Software; WordPress; CreateSpace; Submittable; Google Sites; Microsoft Office Suite

Basic Skills: HTML & CSS programming

Proficient Equipment: Tascam DR-70D Digital Audio Recorder; Zoom H5 Handy Audio Recorder; Kodak PixPro SP360 Action Camera; Canon Eos Rebel DSLR Camera

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