About

I am an assistant professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages and the Honors College at Lamar University, where I teach a variety of courses, including Freshman Composition, British Literature, Ethics and Literature, and Health Humanities. I have also held two administrative positions (Writing Center Director and Director of Lamar’s Quality Enhancement Plan) and am active in Lamar University’s faculty development program. Since 2014, I have served on the Editorial Board for Survive and Thrive: A Journal of Narrative as Medicine.

Education

Ph.D.: Renaissance Studies from Anglia Ruskin University
Dissertation: The Rhetoric of Stasis, Gesture, and Dance in Renaissance Literature (2014)

M.A.: English from Lamar University
Thesis: “As those move easiest”: The Alliance of Poetry and Dance (1999)

Other Publications

Academic

Review of Science, Literature, and Rhetoric in Early Modern England. Ed. Juliet Cummins and David Burchell in Renaissance Studies 23.3 (2009): 392-94.

Review of Renaissance Figures of Speech. Ed. Sylvia Adamson, Gavin Alexander, and Katrin Ettenhuber in Early Modern Literary Studies 15.1 (2009).

“Dance: The Speaking Body in Jonson’s ‘Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue.’” Ben Jonson Journal 14.2 (2007). 173-91.

“The Body Speaks of Sin: The Voice of Dance in the Middle Ages.” Interdisciplinary Humanities 21.1 (2004). 20-29.

Review of A Thousand Miles of Stars by Walt McDonald. Review of Texas Books 22.1 (2006).

Creative

 “Sweet Thickness of Immortality.” The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal. eMergent Publishing, 2012. [poem]

“Still.” The Mayo Review (Spr. 2011). [poem]  

“If Desire Were Your Mother.” New Texas: A Journal of Literature and Culture (2006). [poem]

“How I Heard My Grandmother’s Kitchen” Southwestern Review (2004). [poems]  

“29.” Concho River Review 15.2 (2001). [poem]

“Isadora to Sergei” and “Imposter.” Sojourn 14.2 (2001). [poems]

“Praise.” Concho River Review 14.2 (2000). [poem]

Other

 “The Messy and Unpredictable Classroom.” Faculty Focus Newsletter (Oct. 14, 2013). *solicited submission

Blog Posts

    Projects

    Guest editing Medical Humanities issue of the Lamar Journal of the Humanities (Spring 2018)

    Journaling program for oncology patients at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas (ongoing)

    Memberships

    South Central Renaissance Conference

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