I first came to St. Lawrence in 1995, as a student. I was an English-Writing and Government double major. After graduation, I went to the University of Michigan, where i focused on fiction writing, and also wrote nonfiction, in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. Fortunately, I was eventually able to return to St. Lawrence, and I've been a permanent member of English department since 2007. My primary teaching emphasis is in fiction and creative nonfiction writing. I've also taught literature courses--Methods of Critical Analysis, Critical Survey of Literature, The Short Story, The Personal Essay, and Senior Seminars. Outside the English Department, I've taught in the First Year Program; the content of these courses focuses on food literature.
My creative and scholarly interests have evolved since I've arrived here. For several years, I worked on a book of short stories that explored conflicts grounded in gender, sexuality, desire, and repression. Soon I will publish a hybrid of memoir, natural history, gastronomy, and science that explores the experience that comes from the autoimmune disorder celiac disease (which I have). I've also written some criticism and essays on the writing process.
Some of my interests include cooking (of course), hiking and canoeing (especially with my dog), running, and, when I can, spending time in the Adirondacks, Ottawa, and Burlington.
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- Crazy Season: Stories. Kitsune Books (Tallahassee, FL) 2012.
- In Memory of Bread: A Memoir. Clarkson/Potter (Penguin Random House) 2016.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing
- Contemporary American Literature
- First Year Program
- Creative Writing
- Literature about Food, Farming, and Food History