I earned my B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. Following graduation from UNC, I began my teaching career as a graduate assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University. After completing my M.A. in Creative Writing at Hollins College, I taught for a year at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington before returning to graduate school at Florida State University.
Since completing my Ph.D. 1995, I have taught at a variety of post-secondary institutions, large and small, two-year and four-year, public and private: Western Carolina University (1996-98), Nash Community College (1998), Barton College (1999), Forsyth Technical Community College (1999-2000), Salem College (1999-2001), Virginia Commonwealth University (2001-2013), Lenoir-Rhyne University (2013-2018), and Catawba Valley Community College (2018-2020).
In addition to teaching, I maintain a blog that focuses on my work as a teacher and a writer, two roles that intertwine when I write assignments with my students, as I frequently do. More of my writing can be found in the pages of Black Warrior Review, The Dos Passos Review, Fifty-Plus, The Hollins Critic, The Independent, New Delta Review, The North Carolina Review of Books, and Sanctuary.