Curriculum Vitae



Education

2014 – 2016           M.F.A., Creative Writing

Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

ThesisUnder a Gathering Sky, a novel-in-progress, recipient of the Melanie Hook Rice Award in the Novel

2012 – 2016           M.A., English

Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Focus: 20th & 21st Century Literature

Coursework: African American Poetry since 1960, William Faulkner, Modern British Drama, Shakespeare and Race, The Modern(ist) Novel, Italo Calvino, Poetry of Humanity and Hope, Asians in the Global/Planetary Imagination, Writing the Body

2005 – 2009           B.A., Humanities

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Distinction in the Humanities, magna cum laude, GPA: 3.85

Invited to participate in Directed Studies, a highly selective yearlong interdisciplinary program in the Western Canon (2005-2006). Studied and produced short fiction under author Caryl Phillips in Advanced Fiction Writing, an application-based seminar (2008). Completed an Independent Creative Writing Tutorial under the direction of author Leslie Woodard (2009).


Honors and Awards

2016                          Laurence B. Holland Memorial Scholarship, Middlebury College

In recognition and celebration of outstanding academic achievements in the Bread Loaf program

2016                         Melanie Hook Rice Award in the Novel, Hollins University  

2014 - 2016              Jackson Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing, Hollins University

2015                          James Andreas Memorial Scholarship, Middlebury College 

In recognition and celebration of outstanding academic achievements in the Bread Loaf program

2015                         Andrew James Purdy Prize for Short Fiction, Runner Up, Hollins University

Given to a graduate student in the creative writing program who has written a body of fiction of outstanding quality.   

2014                        Kathleen C. Downey Memorial Scholarship, Middlebury College 

In recognition and celebration of outstanding academic achievements in the Bread Loaf program

2009                        David Everett Chantler Prize, Yale College

For the graduates who have best exemplified the qualities of courage, strength of character, and high moral purpose (one of four prize recipients out of a class of 1309). Lauded for writing talent during award presentation at Yale Class Day, 2009. 

2009                        Theodore Prize, Calhoun College

In recognition of a distinctive spirit of compelling creativity, sensitivity, and caring

2009                        Dupuy Graduation Prize, Yale College

For scholarship

2005-2009              Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship , United States Department of Education

Recognizes exceptionally able high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education

2008                         New York State Summer Writers Institute 

Full Tuition Scholarship, merit-based, awarded to ten undergraduates across the nation

2007                         International Study Award , Yale College 

A scholarship for study and research in the Humanities in Rome, Italy

2005                         Eva Edwards Lovett Award, The Lovett School

Awarded to the graduating senior who most exemplifies The Lovett School’s philosophy of developing the whole child, intellectually, physically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally


Teaching Experience

2016 - 2017       St. Albans School, Washington, DC

Writer in Residence

Developed and taught three sections of a semester-long creative writing course to high school juniors and seniors. Guided students through extensive reading and analysis of contemporary literature, daily composition of prose and poetry, and weekly writing workshops. Served as literary resource and liaison for students and faculty.

 

2015 - 2016         Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

Teaching Fellow, English Department

Crafted and taught one section per semester of The Fundamentals of Writing Poetry and Fiction, a creative writing course grounded in the study of contemporary literature. Aided students in their development of voice, craft, and oral and written critique skills through frequent feedback, conferencing, and workshop facilitation. 

 

2011 - 2014          The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA

Middle School English Teacher

Designed and executed creative and engaging lessons that sparked sophisticated critical thinking and developed essential skills. Daily emphasized the power of literature and writing to shape and inspire humanity. Mentored and advised advanced 8th grade English students in the creation and self-publication of their own book-length projects.

Speech and Debate Assistant Coach (2011-2014): Aided students in selecting prose, poetry, and dramatic pieces that showcased their unique personalities and abilities. Assisted in improving students’ enunciation, expression, eye contact, gestures, and verbal power.

Vestry Coordinator (2013 – 2014): Organized and oversaw student Chapel participants on a weekly basis.

Project Based Learning Committee (2011-2013): Investigated latest Project Based Learning ideas, integrated relevant strategies into curriculum, and shared findings with the school at large.

Initiative to Improve Student Writing (2012): Co-created and co-presented to all middle school faculty a general writing rubric designed to encourage teachers of all disciplines to assist in molding our students into strong writers.

Digital Yearbook Intramural Instructor (2012): Guided students through video interview process (crafting questions, capturing footage, video editing, etc.) in order to capture the many different voices of Lovett.

Ecuador Siempre Verde Trip Leader (2012)

Chapel Band Director (2011 – 2014)

New Faculty Mentor (2012 – 2014)

 

2010                         Alliance Academy, Oakland, CA

Teach for America Corps Member and 8th Grade English Teacher

Selected from more than 31,000 applicants nationwide to join national teacher corps of recent college graduates who teach in under-resourced public schools. Developed rigorous English Language Arts lessons using innovative methods to inspire and motivate students to reach their highest academic potential. Oversaw and fostered the English language development of 125 8th grade students.


Professional Experience

2017 - Present         Scoundrel Time, Washington, DC

Actions Editor and Fiction Editorial Associate

Research and compose articles designed to inspire and equip readers to take positive political action (scoundreltime.com/actions). Read and evaluate fiction submissions; proofread fiction and query authors as needed.

2017 - Present        Flock, Jacksonville, FL

Assistant Editor for Social Media

Draft, schedule, and publish promotional posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Attend editorial meetings and advise on decisions regarding content, layout, design, and prize nominations. 

2008 - 2014             The Ray of Sunshine Foundation, Atlanta, GA

President and Co-Founder

In memory and honor of my mother, founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to spark a passion for service in young people. Conceived mission, goals, and bylaws of the organization. Created and managed website and Facebook page. Worked directly with students (K-12), teachers, administrators, and other non-profit service organizations to design, coordinate, and execute events that impacted over 550 people in need.

 

2011                         AudioTranscription.Org, San Francisco, CA

Blog Writer and Copy Editor

Wrote compelling company descriptions designed to maximize search engine ranking and client conversion. Edited and formatted sales copy and articles for the company blog. Composed press releases. Organized and conducted recruitment of new staff, targeting top tier university graduates.


Professional Activities and Associations

2014 - Present        Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) member

2017                         Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference - Washington, DC, attendee

2015                         Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference - Minneapolis, MN, attendee

2014                         Google in Education Southern SummitThe Lovett School, Atlanta, GA, presenter: “Harnessing Google                                                                   Drive’s Power to Enhance Writing Instruction”

2013                         National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention - Boston, MA, attendee

2013 - 2014             National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) member

2012                         Google in Education Southern Summit - The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA, attendee

2012                         Georgia Independent School Association Annual Conference - Atlanta International School,                                                                Atlanta, GA, attendee

2012                         Design Thinking Summit - Mount Vernon Presbyterian, Atlanta, GA, attendee

Working with B-Form students during my year as Writer in Residence at St. Albans School. Photo Credit: Kathy Russell.

Working with B-Form students during my year as Writer in Residence at St. Albans School. Photo Credit: Kathy Russell.