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 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.

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

Nonfiction is a genre defined by what it’s not: fiction. Ultimately, 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. University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop. Teaching Assistant. Summer 2017.

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

Graphic Fiction & Nonfiction. University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop. Teaching Assistant. Summer 2015.

 

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

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

[In Brackets] Podcast Producer. Hot Metal Bridge. August 2017-present.

Nonfiction Editor. Hot Metal Bridge. May-December 2017. 

Advisory Editor. Gandy Dancer. August 2015-present. 

Managing Editor. Gandy Dancer. May 2014-January 2015.

Creative Nonfiction Editor. Gandy Dancer. January-May 2014. 

Assistant Essays Editor. The RumpusNovember 2015-February 2017.

Essays Reader. The Rumpus. March-November 2015.

 

AWARDS & HONORS

Research & Development Grant. Department of English, University of Pittsburgh. Summer 2018.

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

Research & Development Grant. Department of English, University of Pittsburgh. Summer 2017.

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

International Studies Fund Grant. University of Pittsburgh. Summer 2017.

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

Klinzing Grant for Pre-Dissertation Research on the European Union. University of Pittsburgh. Summer 2017.

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

Stanley Prostrednik Nationality Room Memorial Award. University of Pittsburgh. Summer 2017.

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

Sigma Tau Delta International Convention Award: Best Overall Submission. Spring 2015.

Essay: “Transdifferentiating Cells”

Sigma Tau Delta International Convention Award in Creative Nonfiction: First Place. Spring 2015.

Essay: “Transdifferentiating Cells”

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

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, Photoshop, InDesign, & Premiere); 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

Equipment: SP360 Action Camera; Canon Eos Rebel DSLR Camera

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