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Visiting Professor of English
Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Indian Literature
Ph.D., Literature and Creative Writing, University of Houston
M.A., English with Creative Writing Concentration, Florida State University
A.B., English (with honors), The University of Chicago
English 135: Creative Writing
English 326: Postmodernism
English 360: Fiction Writing
“Planting the Seed: A Roundtable on Death Penalty Narratives.” Group interview/roundtable, featuring David Dow, Pamela Colloff, Jill Patterson, Anthony Graves, and Jessica Blank. Gulf
Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts 26.2 (Summer/Fall 2014). Print and online.
“‘It Was My Dream to Farm Here’: A Story of Fresh Soil and New Beginnings.”Nonfiction/Reportage. Sugar & Rice: Gulf Coast Food and Culture No. 1 (Fall 2013). Print
“Abraham and Isaac.” Graphic fiction. Tier One Comics No. 1 (Spring 2013). Print.
“‘I Start From a Place of Outrage and Sadness’: A Conversation on Humor in Fiction.” Group interview/roundtable, featuring Elisa Albert, Steve Almond, Brock Clarke, Sam Lipsyte, John McNally, and Deb Olin Unferth. Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts 24.2
(Summer/Fall 2012). Print and online.
“After the Apocalypse,” co-authored with Quentin James. Playwrighting. Windsor Review 45.1 (Spring 2012). Print.
“Dangling Fingers of Cow,” co-authored with Quentin James. Playwrighting. Arcadia Literary Magazine (Spring 2011). Print and online.
“Whatever Happens, Buddy, We’re In This Apocalypse Together.” Humor. The Bygone Bureau (3.2.2011). Online.
“Titusville, Florida, Is A Long Way From Happiness.” Fiction. Hoarse No. 2 (Winter 2011). Print.
“Your Cosmic Assistance Most Urgently Needed.” Humor. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (1.27.2011). Online.
“After the Apocalypse,” co-authored with Quentin James. Playwrighting. ShimmyHoots Review (12.22.2010). Online.
“Holes.” Fiction. The Louisville Review No. 67 (Spring 2010). Print.
“Donald Morrill’s Impetuous Sleeper.” Book review. Fourth Genre No. 12.1 (Spring 2010). Print.
“The Manna-vore’s Dilemma.” Humor. The Bygone Bureau (11.27.2009). Online.
“The Modern Obsessive-Compulsive Hypochondriacal Gentleman’s Guide to Style.” Humor. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (11.3.2009). Online.
“A Letter From Bernie Madoff to Prospective Shareholders of Madoff Securities, Federal Correctional Division.” Humor. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (8.6.2009). Online.
“A Hole in the Universe.” Fiction. Washington Square (Summer 2008). Print.
“Writing the Circus.” Nonfiction. Lumina No. 6 (2007). Print.
“Flood.” Fiction. Zaum No. 9 (March/April 2006). Print.
“Kaye Gibbons’ Divining Women.” Book review. The Southeast Review No. 23.2 (Spring 2005).
Awards and Honors
Inprint Marion Barthelme Gulf Coast Editors’ Prize (2014)
Inprint Robert J. Sussman Prize for Fiction (2013)
Inprint Marion Barthelme Gulf Coast Editors’ Prize (2013)
Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award for Excellence in Core Curriculum Teaching, University of Houston (2012)
Tagore Scholar Passport Operating Fellowship, University of Houston (2011)
International Education Fund Scholarship (IEFS), University of Houston (2011)
Presidential Fellowship, University of Houston (2010-11)
C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship, Inprint (2010)
Professional Staff Congress Development Grant, City University of New York (2010)
Professional Staff Congress Development Grant, City University of New York (2009)
Academic Presentations and Guest Lectures
Gulen Institute. One-Day Writers Workshop. (North American University, Spring 2015).
Vidahlia Press & Publishing House, Inc. “Future Prospects for Small-Press Publishers and Literary Journals” (Houston, Summer 2014).
“Literary Journal Submission Q&A.” Panel Participant. Boldface Writers’ Conference (May 23, 2014).
“Food Journalism: A Roundtable with Houston Food Writers.” Panel Organizer and Chair. MenilFest Indie Book Fair (May 3, 2014).
“Graduate Application Workshop.” Panel Participant. University of Houston Upper Division Undergraduate Program (April 14-15, 2014).
ENGL 4950: Internship in Publishing with the Missouri Review. “Discussion of Student-Run Literary Magazines and Nonprofit Arts Organizations” (University of Missouri, Spring 2014).
“Getting Published: A Q&A on Submitting to Literary Journals.” Panel Organizer. Houston Baptist University’s Writers’ Conference (February 1, 2014).
“More Than Just the Love of It: Houston Editors Talk About Working on Literary Magazines.” Panel Organizer and Chair. Houston Baptist University’s Writers’ Conference (February 1, 2014).
“So You Want to Get an MFA: The Whys and Hows of Applying to Graduate Creative Writing Programs.” Panel Organizer and Chair. Houston Baptist University’s Writers’ Conference (February 1, 2014).
ENGL 321: Literary Publishing. “Editing a Literary Journal” (Miami University-Hamilton, Fall 2013).
“Submitting to Literary Journals.” Panel Participant. Boldface Writers’ Conference (May 22, 2013).
“Graduate Application Workshop.” Panel Organizer and Chair. University of Houston Upper Division Undergraduate Program (April 10, 2013).
“Not Teaching As Usual: Film, Libraries, and Wireless Classrooms.” Panel Chair. Interrogating Sites and Kinds of Teaching in English Studies Conference at the University of Houston (December 10, 2012).
“Rabindranath Tagore and the Unity of Man.” Panel Paper. Universal Divinity as Viewed by Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore, presented by the Tagore Society of Houston and the Vedanta Society of Houston at the Houston Durgabari (September 16, 2012).
Inprint Writers’ Workshops. “Humor Writing” (Houston, Spring 2012).
ENGL 3327: British Literature. “Chaucer, ‘The Nun’s Priest’s Tale,’ and ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’” (University of Houston, Fall 2010).
“‘Too Long and Too Short’: Expansion and Compression in Peter Taylor’s ‘Dean of Men.’” Panel Paper. Ohio Festival of the Short Story at the University of Cincinnati (May 7-8, 2010).