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Education

  • Ph.D., Education, 2006, University of Idaho
  • M.A., English, 1994, Illinois State University
  • B.A., English, 1992, Brigham Young University

Areas of Specialization/Interest

creative writing, fiction, Mormon literature and culture

Select Publications/Presentations

September 2010. Reader and panelist. Utah Humanities Council Book Festival, Uintah County Library, Vernal Utah.

August 2010. A Sense of Order and Other Stories, a collection of short stories published by Signature Books, Salt Lake City, Utah.

February 2010. "Irreantum and the Future of Mormon Letters." Paper presented at the Association for Mormon Letters annual conference at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

June 2009. "Your Writing Temperament." Presentation to the English Academic Society, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho.

February 2009. "Human Conflict and the Mormon Writer." Paper presented at the Association for Mormon Letters annual conference at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

December 2009. "Human Conflict and the Mormon Writer." Essay published in Irreanutm.

September 2009. "A Visit for Tregan." Short story published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

December 2008. "Calling and Election." Short story published in Irreantum. Reprinted in Dispensation: Latter-day Fiction, edited by Angela Hallstrom, published by Zarahemla Books, Salt Lake City, 2009

August 2008. "Thinking About the Other." Essay published in I Think, edited by M. Kip Hartvigsen, published by Brigham Young University-Idaho Press

August 2008. The Adult Creative Writer: A Phenomenological Study, a monograph published by VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, Saarbrucken, Germany

April 2008. Keynote Address: Vernal Promises (excerpts). Centennial Celebration of the Uintah County Library, Vernal, Utah

April 2007. "Creative Writing, LDS Theology, and the Illusion of Independent Agency." Paper presented at the Association for Mormon Letters annual Conference at Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

September 2006.  "The Creative Writing Experience."  Presentation to the English Academic Society, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho

December 2005. "Who Would Not?" Short story published in The Storyteller

July 2005. "What Violence in Literature Must Teach Us." Essay published in Ethics, Literature, and Theory, edited by Stephen K. George, published by Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland

November 2004.  "The Creative Process: A Theory in Five Steps."  Paper presented to the English Academic Society, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho

October 2004. "October Soil."  Short story published in Irreantum

Autumn 2003. Interview published in Irreantum, reprinted in 2006 in Conversations with Mormon Authors, edited by Christopher Kimball Bigelow, published by Mormon Arts and Letters, New York.

September 2003. Vernal Promises, a novel published by Signature Books, Salt Lake City, Utah 

Autumn 2003. "Telling the Truth: Teaching Creative Writing to LDS Students."   Essay published in Perspective, the BYU-Idaho faculty journal.  Republished March 2004 in the Annual of the Association for Mormon Letters 2004

Spring 2003. "The Lone and Dreary World." Short story published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought