Poet and researcher in media and fandom studies.


2018, PhD in creative writing (poetry) and literature, University of Houston, TX
Dissertation: Revenge Tragedy; committee chair Roberto José Tejada
Committee: Jon Davis, Nick Flynn, Kevin Prufer, Michael Snediker

2010, MFA in creative writing (poetry), Arizona State University, AZ
Thesis: Still Falling; committee chair Norman Dubie
Committee: Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Alberto Ríos, Jeannine Savard

1998, George Starbuck Fellow in creative writing (poetry), Boston University, MA
Thesis: Time Zones Made Easy; committee Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren

1997, MA in English literature (first class), University of Cambridge, UK
Dissertation: Refracturing Dickinson: Editorial Strategies and the Poet’s
Intentions; supervisor Susan Manning, director Juliet Dusinberre

1995, BA in philosophy (summa cum laude), Mount Holyoke College, MA
Thesis: Boxes of Light (poetry); committee Mary Jo Salter, Robert B. Shaw



“We’ll Always Have Purgatory: Fan Spaces in Social Media,” Journal of Fandom Studies, 2017

“Approaching whiteness in slash via Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Sam Wilson,” Transformative Works and Cultures, 2019

“Affect Theory as Negative Fanworks Methodology,” for special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, forthcoming 2020


“Kitten Thinks of Nothing but Murder All Day: Tumblr Text Post Memes as Fandom Détournement,” forthcoming in A Tumblr Book, eds. Allison McCracken, Alexander Cho, Louisa Ellen Stein, and Indira Neill, University of Michigan Press, 2020


Cherry-emily, Dancing Girl Press, March 2015
DOE, Particle Series Books, July 2008; 2/e June 2016


“Rosa Diaz, A Bicon”: TV’s Bisexual Coming-Out Narratives and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fandom,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, WA, 13-17 March 2019

“Whither Slash: Texts and Hauntology,” Fan Scholar Salon: Imagining the Future of Slash, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 25 February 2019

“Toward New Theories of Media Fanworks,” panel chair, with Lucy Baker and EJ Nielsen, Fan Studies Network–North America, DePaul University, Chicago, 25-27 October 2018

“Is This a Distracted Boyfriend? The Morphology of Memes,” FLOW Conference: Precarity, Preservation, & Praxis, University of Texas at Austin, 27-29 September 2018

“Get [Shatner] a Life: Social Media, Power and Atavistic Interaction,” with Mel Stanfill (UCF), HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, 2-4 November 2017

“Kitten Thinks of Nothing but Murder All Day: Tumblr Text Post Memes as Fandom Détournement,” Console-ing Passions, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 27-29 July 2017

“Look at Us Both: Appearances of Femininity in Male/Male Slash Fanworks,” with Lucy Baker (Griffith University). Console-ing Passions, University of Notre Dame, IN, 16-18 June 2016

“From Soshern to Spirk and Beyond: 49 Years of Kirk/Spock Slash,” DePaul Pop Culture Conference (A Celebration of Star Trek), DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 7 May 2016

“Wayward Daughters and Defridged Prophets: The Transformative Labor of Supernatural’s Female Fans,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Atlanta, GA, 30 March–2 April 2016

“John Winchester’s A+ Parenting: Fandom’s Symbolic Order and Semiotic Chora,” Popular Culture Association, Seattle, WA, 22-25 March 2016

“Scent Blockers, Suppressants, Heat Leave: Reproductive and Gender Politics in A/B/O Fanfiction,” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, 10-13 February 2016

“Please Don’t Tweet That: RPS and Resistance in Supernatural’s Convergent Canon” (with KT Torrey), Association of Internet Researchers, #IR16: Digital Imaginaries, Phoenix, AZ, 21-24 October 2015

“We’ll Always Have Purgatory: Slashing Social Media Spaces, #AskSPN, and the Supernatural Fandom,” Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, LA, 1-4 April 2015

“A Notational Erotics: Locating Female Desire in Supernatural Slash Fanfiction,” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, 11-14 February 2015

“Where RPS Is the Moral High Ground: Celebrity Sexuality and Contested Desires,” Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures, Århus University, Denmark, 20-21 November 2014


Shiloh: An Autobiography (poetry manuscript)

Unbearding the Angel: A Literary History of Slash (monograph)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Picking Up Chicks: The Chick Tract Counterfandom,” Fan Studies Network–North America, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 24-26 October 2019


Fan Studies Network
Popular Culture Association
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

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