Assistant Professor of English
New Mexico State University
Department of English
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3E
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Courses Recently Taught:
- ENGL 349: The Short Story
- ENGL 413/513: Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction
- ENGL 449: Online Publishing
- ENGL 534: Form and Technique of Fiction
- ENGL 574: Graduate Workshop
I am the author of four books: Unfinished, The Evolutionary Revolution, Changing (recipient of a PEN Beyond Margins Award), and Parabola (winner of the 2006 Chiasmus Press "Un-Doing the Novel" Contest). With Blake Butler, I edited the anthology 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Young Writers. I serve as Prose Editor at Puerto del Sol, Editor at Tarpaulin Sky, and Associate Editor at Starcherone Books. I received my MFA in Prose from the University of Notre Dame in 2006.
I cannot teach students how to write a good story, because "goodness" as an aesthetic is constantly evolving, but my goal in teaching in the MFA program is to introduce students to new forms of fiction while grounding them in the canon and preparing them for the challenges that will come with being an active member of the writing community. My classes use literature as the nexus to explore broader questions about art, writing, and the development of aesthetics.
Research and Creative Interests:
I am interested in narrative in its many guises, whether it is a traditional short story or conceptual experimentation. Although my books have been labeled as "experimental" or "avant-garde," what I love are narratives, the ways in which a story can happen and influence the reader. I am active in small press publishing and Internet writing communities.
Selected and Recent Publications:
Unfinished (Jaded Ibis Books, 2011)
The Evolutionary Revolution (Les Figues Press, 2010)
Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press, 2008)
Parabola (Chiasmus Press, 2008)
Anthologies: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Contemporary Fairy Tales (Penguin, 2011), Haunted Legends (TOR Books, 2011, this story was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Prize), Best of the Web 2011 (Dzanc Books, 2011), The &Now Awards: Best Innovative Writing (&Now Books, Lake Forest College, 2009), and Not Normal, Illinois (University of Indiana Press, 2009).
Journals (short fiction)
Hobart Pulp, PEN/America, Make Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Action Yes, Fairy Tale Review, Quarter After Eight, and Marginalia.