Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Swannanoa, NC, 1991
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, English and Psychology with Honors in Fiction Writing, University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC, 1985

Professional Experience

North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, Wake, Durham and Orange Counties NC, 2017
Writeaways Co-Director, Durham NC, 2013-present
Arts & Science Council Teaching Artist, Charlotte NC, 2012-present
Subs with SuitCASES Teaching Artist Training Director, Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC, 2008-2011
United Arts Council Arts Integration Institute Director and Teaching Artist, Raleigh NC, 2005-present
Teaching Artist Journal Associate Editor, Chicago IL, 2005-2012
Poetry Out Loud National Competition North Carolina Coordinator, Raleigh NC, 2005-2011
Lesley University National Faculty and Poetry Mentor, M.Ed Program, Cambridge MA, 2002-2010
North Carolina A+ Schools Fellow, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Raleigh NC, 1997-present
North Carolina Arts Council Teaching Artist, Writer and Editor, Raleigh NC, 1991-present
Duke Creative Writers' Workshop Director and Young Writers' Camp Faculty, Durham NC, 1990-2007
Durham Arts Council CAPS Teaching Artist. Durham NC, 1990-2001 and 2013 to present

Courses and Workshops Taught

The Geography of Your Life                                                                           
·    Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV, 2019
·   Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM, 2018-2019
STEAM Poetry: Understanding Science through Metaphor                            
·    Shawnee Mission School District, Kansas City, KS, 2018
·    Tri-County Educational Service Center, Akron & Wooster OH, 2018
·    Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, FL, 2018
·    ConFABulation Summer Arts Integration Institute, Las Vegas, NV, 2018
·    Drew Model Elementary School, Arlington, VA,  2018
·    Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, 2017
·    Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, 2015 to present
Art Smart/Word Smart: Visual Literacy and Poetry
·    Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC, 2018
·    Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2017                           
Flirting with Your Reader, Durham County Libraries, Durham, NC, 2017
Relax Your Way to Great Poetry, North Carolina Writers’ Network, Durham, NC, 2015
Coming to America, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, 2014
Finding Your Voice in Writing, Elon University, Elon, NC, 2011
The Music of Poetry, Raleigh Civic Symphony, Raleigh, NC, 2010    Artspace Outreach Teaching Artist Training, Artspace, Raleigh, NC, 2009   
North Carolina Symphony Teaching Artist Training, North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh, NC, 2008
Warhol Across the Curriculum, The Mint Museums, Charlotte, NC, 2008
Teaching Artist Boot Camp, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC, 2008
Poetry and Literacy Teacher Workshop, San Francisco Unified Schools, San Francisco, CA, 2007
Children and the Experience of Illness, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, NC, 2000

Awards and Honors

North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, 2017
Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Winner, 2015
Crab Orchard Review First Book in Poetry Award Competition Semifinalist, 2015
Pushcard Prize Nomination, 2012
First MFA alum invited to join the Warren Wilson MFA Alumni Board, 2012
Residency at the Hermitage, an invitation-only artists' retreat, 2007-2010
North Carolina Arts Council Partnership Grant for Duke Eye Center "Healing Building" Project, 2000-2001
University of North Carolina Public Fellow, 2000-2001
Kraft Teacher Training Grant, 2000
Benjamin Fine Award for Outstanding Education Reporting, 1998
Emerging Artist Grant Award, Durham Arts Council, 1995


Poetry Out Loud Panelist, Associated Writing Programs Conference, Washington DC, 2011
Speech to the Board of Directors, Poetry Foundation, Chicago IL, 2011
Poetry Out Loud Video Interview, National Endowment for the Arts, 2011
Panel Moderator, North Carolina State of the Arts Conference, Raleigh NC, 2009
Presenter and Panelist, North Carolina State of the Arts Conference, Charlotte NC, 2007


The Third Place, Charlotte NC, 2016
Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa NC, 2016
Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival, Cary NC, 2015
Two Writers Walk into a Bar, Durham NC, 2014
Stars Theater and Arts Center, Fuquay-Varina NC, 2014
Symphony Space, New York NY, 2013
Poetry Hickory, Hickory NC, 2013
McIntyre's Fine Books, Pittsboro NC, 2012
Vin Master Wine Bar, Charlotte NC, 2012
Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC, 2011
St. Mary's College, Moraga CA, 2010
Fine Arts Society, Sarasota FL, 2010
Why There are Words, Sausalito CA, 2010
West End Poet's Festival, Carrboro NC, 2010
The Hermitage, Manasota Key, FL, 2010
Festival for the Eno, Durham NC, 2009
Civic Center Synagogue Reading Series, New York NY, 2002
Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer NC, 1998
Page Walker Arts Center Concert Series, Cary NC, 1997

Workshops Attended

"Website, Blog and Email Essentials," Creative Capital, 2014
"Social Media: How to be Everywhere All the Time," Creative Capital, 2014
"Internet for Artists," Creative Capital, 2010
"Professional Development Program," Creative Capital, 2010
"International Educator Workshop," Lincoln Center, 2010
"Artists as Educators Workshop," Kennedy Center, 2007