I am a poet & essayist. I have an MA from Miami University and an MFA from Naropa University.
I am the author of With Words: Verse in Concordance (dancing girl press), We Don’t Bury Our Dead When Our Dead Are Animals (Another New Calligraphy), and We Traced The Shape Of Our Loss To See Your Face (Angel House Press). I have poetry published in Flim Forum Press’ anthology A Sing Economy. I also have poetry at The Wire’s Dream Magazine, Anti-Narrative Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, Nerve Lantern, Used Furniture Review, Smoking Glue Gun, Horse Less Press Review, Room Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review, Written River, K’in Literary Journal, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, and elsewhere. You can find a lovely interview about my writing process over at The Wire’s Dream Magazine.
I had ekphrasis poetry at the Boise Art Museum as part of Tall Tales: Narratives From The Permanent Collection. You can read about the process of creating poetry for the exhibit at Greenbelt Magazine.
I am a 2019 Artist-in-Residence for both Oregon Caves National Monument and the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Previously, I was a 2018 Artist-in-Residence for the Boise Public Library, and a 2017 Artist-in-residence for Craters of the Moon National Monument. You can hear excerpts from poetry I wrote at Craters of the Moon here.
I’ve received grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Alexa Rose Foundation.
I’ve performed my poetry at over 60 readings across Idaho and the West. Upcoming readings include Death Rattle Writer’s Festival (Oct 4th), MING Studios 7 O’Clock Series (Nov 17th), Radio Boise (Nov), and Lit Youngstown First Wednesday Series (July 1st, 2020).
When not writing, I work as a teaching writer for The Cabin Idaho, and as a co-organizer for Ghosts & Projectors. Previously, I taught at Boise State University, Naropa University, and Community College of Denver, and I used to write book reviews for [PANK].
My poetry is often ecologically-focused, and I am currently working on a poetry collection about the different ecoregions of the Pacific Northwest.
Some of my personal interests include hiking & birding; native plants & animals; contemplative thinking & meditation; painting; song writing; infectious disease; farmer’s markets (especially Next Generation Organics); microhistories; volcanoes; enthusiastically-terrible interpretive dance; weird divination practices (like tyromancy, which I unsuccessfully attempted with a friend); natural features, animals, and plants that are the color blue; and gluten-free cooking & baking.