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received her PhD in English (creative writing) with a certificate of specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
her MA in English (literature) from Arizona State University, and her BA in English Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She has taught high school
English at Tempe High (Arizona) and Tarsus American College (Turkey) and college classes at Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
At UNL she received a 2007 College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.
Her creative writing reflects her interdisciplinary work in history,
identity, gender, and place. In her poetry manuscript, Syllables Rising, she weaves travelistic poems of landscape and culture with lyrics that engage the
speaker’s experiences living in Turkey. In The Love of Unreal Things (Finishing Line Press 2005), tensions between human need and spiritual calling in the
life of Catherine of Siena, a fourteenth-century Italian visionary, become touchstones. The iconic image of supermodel Kate Moss is the focal point of
Unbound & Branded (Finishing Line Press 2006). A more recent collection, Postcards on Parchment, won the 2007
ABZ Poetry Contest (ABZ Press, 2008). Her most recent collections are Snow, Salt, Hone (2012) and Keeping Them Alive (WordTech Communications, 2010).
She is currently working on a series of creative nonfiction essays. A book proposal
for Women Write Resistance, an anthology of emerging and established American women poets who bear witness to and resist violence against women, is currently
under review. Her poems and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Calyx, Arts and Letters, North American Review, Rattle, and Prairie
Schooner, among other journals and magazines. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies Coordinator at South Dakota State University.