University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Department of English

218 Andrews Hall

Lincoln, N.E. 68588






2018 Ph.D.              English with Creative Writing (Poetry) Emphasis            University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2004 MFA                Creative Writing (Poetry),                                                 Sarah Lawrence College

2002 BA                   English & Journalism                                                         University of Iowa



(Secondary Expertise in Chicana/o Latina/o Culture & Literature) 

(Secondary Expertise in Women's & Gender Studies)

Dissertation #2 (creative): "The Sun Will Not Go"

Dissertation #2 (translation): "The Slow Horizon That Breathes: Translations of Dimitra Kotoula"


Committee: Grace Bauer (chair), Ted Kooser (reader), Amelia Montes (reader), Stephen Behrendt (reader),

Effie Athanassopoulos (outside reader)


Creative Writing (Poetry), Creative Writing (Fiction), Creative Nonfiction, Rhetoric & Composition, Translation (21st Century), British romantic Literature, 20th Century American Literature, Latino/a Culture& Literature, Native American Literature & Culture, African Literature & Culture, Women's & Gender Studies, Film Studies, Renaissance Literature & Rhetoric




Poetry Book


A Hymn That Meanders, Wising Up Press, 2011.


Poetry Chapbooks


Still Life, Dancing Girl Press, April 2016.  


Individual Poems


"Cape Cod Pantoum." The New Yorker. (2016).

"Bungee Jumping." TriQuarterly. (2017).

"Cash Register Sings The Blues." American Life in Poetry. (forthcoming).

"We Buried a Gecko at 3A.M., After Drinking Too Much White Rum." The Greensboro Review. (2016).

"Breathe Hard, Sing Deep, and Bring it on Home." The Tampa Review. (forthcoming).

"When the Beloved Asks, 'What Would You Do if I Woke Up One Morning as a Loch Ness Monster?'"

The North American Review. (2016).

"Change in Altitude." The Florida Review. (2016).

"For a Good Time, Call Morphine." Gargoyle Magazine. (forthcoming). Reprinted.

"When the Beloved Asks, 'What Would You Do if I Woke Up as a Loch Ness Moster?'" Gargoyle Magazine.

(forthcoming). Reprinted.

"Rock 'n' Roll Fever." Gargoyle Magazine. (forthcoming). Reprinted.

"Hymn to the Midwest That Meanders." The New York Quarterly. (forthcoming).

"American Romance." The New York Quarterly. (forthcoming).

"Rock 'n' Roll Fever." The Chiron Review. ( 2015)

"Before a Man in the Midwest Loses a Lover." The Fourth River. (2015).

"Still Life." The Atticus Review. (2015).

"Down-to-Earth." decomP. (2015).

"Cash Register Sings the Blues." The Southern Humanities Review. (2014).

"Ars Poetica." Tupelo Quarterly. (Inaugural Issue 2013).

"What Forever Means." New Ohio Review. (2013).

"Tits and Violin." The Raleigh Review. (2012).

"Watching Bergman Films With My Mother." Chicago Quarterly Review. (2010).

"Mink Rooftop." Main Street Rag. (2010).

"Cockfight." Inkwell Journal. (2010).

"My Version of Freedom." Inkwell Journal. (2010).

"La Anima." The Saranac Review. (2010).

"The Buddhist Experiences a Moment of Reluctance." The Saranac Review. (2010).

"Advice to Dan's Next Girlfriend, From the Ghosts of Lovers Past." Harpur Palate. (2010).

"The Absolute Value of Loneliness." Poet Lore. (2010).

"The Yellow Jeep." Tar River Poetry. (2010).

"Smashing Toilets." The New York Quarterly. (2010).

"Wild, Wild Horses." Boxcar Poetry Review. (2009). Online.

"Painting of a Truck." The Sycamore Review. (2009).

"Smashing Toilets." The New Plains Review. Reprinted.(2009).


Translations in Anthologies


"Ethics V" by Dimitra Kotoula. Austerity Measures: The Penguin Anthology of New Greek Poetry. (forthcoming).


Translations in Journals


"The Calling" by Dimitra Kotoula. The Denver Quarterly. (forthcoming).

"Manifesto" by Dimitra Kotoula. The Denver Quarterly. (forthcoming).

Translation Chapbook: “This Slow Horizon Behind Me That Breathes” by Dimitra Kotoula. Mid-American Review. (forthcoming).

"Mother and Daughter or Landscape in Motion" by Dimitra Kotoula. Upstreet. (2016).

"The Body of Dead Christ in the Tomb" by Dimitra Kotoula. Drunken Boat. (April 2016).

"Moods X" by Dimitra Kotoula. Drunken Boat. (April 2016).

"Case Study IV (All the House of Israel or The Redintegration)" by Dimitra Kotoula. Drunken Boat.

(April 2016).

"Landscapes I" by Dimitra Kotoula. Mead. (Spring 2015).

"Escape or the Words" by Dimitra Kotoula. Mead. (Spring 2015).

"Case Study V (On Ethics)" by Dimitra Kotoula. Blue Lyra Review. (Summer 2015).


Poems in Anthologies


"Noah's Endangered Species." Circe's Lament: An Anthology of Wild Women. (2015).

"My Mother's Nipples." Wait A Minute, I Have To Take Off My Bra. (2011).

"Love Poem to a Tree." Double Lives, Reinvention, And Those We Leave Behind. (2009).

"The First Person." Double Lives, Reinvention, And Those We Leave Behind. (2009).


Guest Blogs & Book Reviews


"Tips for Handling the Rejection Letter." The North American Review Blog. April, 2016.

"Becoming the River: A Review of Martìn Espada's Vivas to Those Who Have Failed." The Massachusetts Review Blog. January, 2016.  

"Review of Robert Gibb's Collection of Poems The Empty Loom." Prairie Schooner. Summer, 2015.

"Whispers But Never Rants: A Review of Traci Brimhall’s collection of poems Our Lady of the Ruins." Gently Read Literature. 2012.

"Silence in the Rough: When Your First Book Breaks Through to the Truth." Boxcar Poetry Review. 2011.

"How To Write About Those You Love and Those You Don’t Love Anymore."Boxcar Poetry Review. 2011.




University of Nebraska-Lincoln Graduate Teaching Assistant (2013- 2017)

20th Century Fiction—1 section

Women and Popular Culture—1 section

Rhetoric as Argument—1 section-online

Introduction to Creative Writing—1 section

Introduction to Poetry Writing—2 sections

Introduction to Poetry Writing Independent Study

Rhetoric as Inquiry—4 sections

Writing Center Instructor


Cape Cod Community College Assistant Lecturer (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)

English Composition—2 sections


College of New Rochelle Assistant Lecturer (Fall 2006-Spring 2007)

Language, Thought, & Critical Analysis-1 section

Writing Research Papers-1 section




2016         Nomination, Best of the Net, The Fourth River, for "When a Man in the Midwest Loses a Lover"

2016         Finalist, University of Akron Poetry Prize Competition

2015         Semifinalist, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition

2015         Finalist, Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Competition

2014         First Place, Academy of American Poets Award

2014         Finalist, Cape Cod Cultural Center Poetry Competition

2013         Semifinalist, Tupelo Quarterly, Inaugural Poetry Contest

2012         Runner Up, Outermost Cape Poetry Contest

2012         Finalist, Cape Cod Cultural Center Poetry Competition

2012         Honorable Mention, Outermost Cape Poetry Contest

2011         Finalist, Inkwell Journal Poetry Contest

2010         Runner Up,Philbrick Poetry Project

2009         First Place, Alabama State Poetry Society





2016           Sewanee Writers' Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship

2013           Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship

2010-2012  Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Scholarship

2011           Vermont Studio Center Artist Fellowship

2011           Santa Fe Art Institute Fellowship

2007           Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference Scholarship



2016          Wilbur & Elizabeth Gaffney Travel Fellowship, University of Nebraska

2016           Travel Fellowship, Joy Currie Travel, University of Nebraska

2016           Stuff Dissertation Fellowship, University of Nebraska

2016           Vreeland Creative Writing Award, University of Nebraska

2016           Center for Great Plains Research, University of Nebraska

2015           Wilbur & Elizabeth Gaffney Travel Fellowship, University of Nebraska

2015           Graduate Assistantship, Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry, University of Nebraska

2015           Women's & Gender Studies Karen Dunning Creative Activity Award, University of Nebraska

2014           Wilbur & Elizabeth Gaffney Travel Fellowship, University of Nebraska

2013           Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of Nebraska

2013           Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, University of Nebrsaka

2013           Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship, University of Nebraska


EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                                         


2015-             American Life in Poetry. Ted Kooser's Graduate Assistant Editor.

2015-             Prairie Schooner. Book Prize Manuscript Reader.

2013-2015     Prairie Schooner.Assistant Poetry & Fiction Editor.

2010-2014     Universal Table/Wising Up Press. Editorial Collective Member.

2004-2006     Camberpress Literary Boutique. Assistant Editor & Marketing Assistant.

2002-2004     Lumina. Assistant Poetry Editor.





Joe Gouveia Tribute Reading with Martin Espada and Marge Piercy, The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, MA. November, 2015.

Reading and panel discussion "Meeting Universal Table Press,” The Brewster Ladies' Library, Brewster, M.A.

August, 2015.

Multi-mediaReading, Art Market Provincetown Gallery, Provincetown, M.A. July, 2015.

"Voices of Poetry" reading with Elizabeth Bradfield, Kristen Knowles, Leonard Germinara, at Brewster

Ladies' Library, Brewster, M.A. May, 2015.

NO NAME Reading Series, Zen’s Lounge, Lincoln, N.E. April, 2015.





"Mirror Mirror: Feminine Identity, Motherhood, and the Female Spectator in Snow White and the Huntsman" panel with Brita Thielen and Stevie Kaye Seibert Desjarlais. Participant. Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, N.M. February, 2015.

"Meet Wising Up Press: An Introduction to Collective Publishing" panel with Sharon Leder and Milton Teichman. Participant. Brewster Ladies' Library, Brewster, MA. August, 2014.

"Small Press Publishing" panel with Heather Tosteson, Anna Steegman, and Charles Brockett. Participant.

City University of New York. New York, N.Y. October, 2012.






2016-2017       No Name Reading Series Committee, University of Nebraska

2016-2017       Undergraduate Committee, Graduate Representative, University of Nebraska

2016-2017       T.A. Bootcamp, Panelist, University of Nebraska

2016-2017       Center for Great Plains Museum, First Friday Greeter, Center for Great Plains Research

2014-2017       Honors Program, Mentor, University of Nebraska

2015-2017       English Graduate Student Association Board Member, University of Nebraska

2015-2016       Graduate Committee, Graduate Representative, University of Nebraska

2013-               Volunteer, Prairie Schooner, Association of Writers & Literary Programs Bookfair

2014-2015       Web Content Developer, The Great Plains Poetry Project in Digital Humanities

2013-2014       Reader, Prairie Schooner, University of Nebraska 

2013-2014       Writing Center Social Media Developer, University of Nebraska


Community Outreach


2017                 Great Plains Symposium, Panel Moderator

2016                "Placemaking for Well-Being," Guest Speaker, Constellation Studios 

2014                 Judge, Louder Than a Bomb Slam Poetry Competition





Spanish (good: reading speaking, & writing)                             Greek (fluent: reading, speaking, & writing)