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Education

  • Ph.D., Candidate English Boston University January, 2011
  • M.A., English Boston University, Boston, MA, 2002
  • B.A., English Emphasis: American Literature and Creative Writing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2001

Areas of Specialization/Interest

Ecocriticism

Select Publications/Presentations

"We Think We Know the World When We Divide," Irreantum, Winter 2011

"From Cellar Stones to State of the Art: Edith Ann Smith Writing the Joseph Smith Memorial Monument," A Sacred Journey: Edith Smith's 1905 Trip to ermont Dedicating the Joseph Smith Memorial Monument, ed. Richard Holzapfel, Scott Cameron, and others, May 2011

"Using Nature and Nature-Oriented Texts in the Classroom." Young Adult and Children's Literature Conference. Brigham Young University, October 2010.

"Disowning the Environment: The Problem of Relinquishing Ownership in Faulkner's Go Down, Moses." Faulkner and Chopin Conference, Southeastern Missouri State, October 2008.

"From Cellar Stones to State of the Art: Edith Ann Smith Writing the Joseph Smith Memorial Monument," Mormon History Association, May 2005

"From Lived-in Place to Uninhabitable Space: The Effects of Renaming Ireland in Brian Friel's Translations," Rhetorics of Place Panel Discussion, Northeast Modern Language Association, April 2005

"The Poet-Prophet and the Miracle of the Ordinary: Redefining Nativeness in Eric Roach's The Flowering Rock," Central New York Conference on Language and literature, SUNY Cortland, October 2004

"Adam and Eve: Bridging Mark Twain's Incongruities," Insight, 14 (1999), 32-49. (College Journal)

"Embracing the 'House Habit': Thoreau's Attempts to Redefine Wilderness and Ownership." (Under consideration American Literature special ecocriticism edition).

"In a Jail in Genoa," "The Words We Keep Meaning to Say," "To Jessica, for Bringing Winter Early to Missoula, Montana" (Poetry under consideration at Willow Spring).