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University of Houston Creative Writing Program, Houston, TX. PhD in Creative Writing received May 1995.

  • Studied Milton, Shakespeare, Romanticism, Rhetoric, two literary theory classes, General Linguistics, 19th Century American Novel; Modern American Poetry and Contemporary Poetry, a course on Hardy, Auden, and Larkin; took Poetry Workshops with Richard Howard, Cynthia MacDonald, Ed Hirsch, Adam Zagajewski, and Rosellen Brown.
  • Took comprehensive exams in Renaissance Literature, Early American Literature, Romantic Literature, and Poetry Genre.
  • University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, Iowa City, IA. Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, May 1989.
    • Studied poetry and the form of poetry in various workshops and seminars taught by Jorie Graham, James Galvin, Marvin Bell, Ira Sadoff, Arthur Vogelsang, and Allan Gurganus.
    • Worked in editorial and production areas for The Iowa Review, 1988 - 89.
    Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. Bachelor of Arts received May, 1984.
    • English and Medieval Studies Dual Major. Took advanced courses in Chaucer, Shakespeare, Religious Poetry, Twentieth Century European Fiction, Beowulf, Arthurian Legend; studied poetry writing with Richard Wilbur.
    University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1982 - 83.
      Studied Old English language and Literature, History of the English and Scottish Languages, Scottish History, and 20th Century British and American Literature.
    • Attended 1998 Seminar for North Carolina Presenters Consortium, funded by an NEA grant, January 30-31, 1998, 
    • Attended 1997 Southern Carolinas Higher Educational Assessment Conference, November 13-15, 1997. 
    • Attended 1997 EDUCOM conference on Educational Technology, October 28 - November 1 1997.
    • Attending a year-long seminar in teaching and learning with the Western Carolina University's Center for Teaching Excellence, 1997-8.
    • Attended workshop in Funding Educational Technology, WCU, Spring 1996.
    • Attended workshop in HTML conducted by the WCU's Computer Center, Spring 1996.

    • Attended workshop in Scholarly writing, WCU, October 1995.
    • Recipient of $5000 Summer Research Grant, Western Carolina University to attend Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, 1999 
    • Recipient of $2000 Vice Chancellor's Teaching Improvement Grant, Western Carolina University, 1998
    • Finalist (3rd place) in the Anhinga Press Poetry Competition, 1997.
    • Recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar grant ($2850) for study of Modernism in Paris, 1997.
    • Finalist in the National Association of State Poetry Societies Poetry Prize and in the Sarabande Books prize, 1996.
    • Recipient of a Cultural Arts Council of Houston/ Harris County Artist's Grant ($5000), 1995.
    • Finalist in the National Poetry Series and in Brittingham Poetry Prize contest, 1993.
    • Barthelme/ Michener Prize ($10,000) for Poetry, 1993.
    • University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award, 1992.
    • Barthelme Memorial prize at the AEGIS English Conference, 1992.
    • Intro Prize from the Associated Writing Programs (AWP), 1991.
    • Inprint Fellowship ($2,500) University of Houston, 1991.
    • Stella Erhardt Fellowship ($3,000) University of Houston, 1989.
    • Graduated Cum Laude, Smith College, 1984.
    • Prize for best work in Scottish History, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1983.
    • Rosemary Brown prize ($1,000) & Ruth Forbes Elliot prize for poetry, Smith College, 1981, 1982.
    • Elizabeth Drew Prize for Best Freshman Essay, Smith College, 1981.

    • Dean's List, Smith College, 1981, 1982, and 1984.


    Reviews of Book
    • First-Time First Rate: A Spring Crop of Budding Authors,” Foreword Magazine 1999.
    • “Poems of Obsession,” Asheville Citizen Times, October 1999.
    • Article on images of the modernist woman artist in Paris accepted in collection of articles on modernism, edited by Anne Ardis, 1999. Collection is under consideration at the publisher. 
    • "Acquainted with the Night," Robert Frost Encyclopedia, 1998.
    • "Design," Robert Frost Encyclopedia, 1998.
    • "A Servant to Servants," Robert Frost Encyclopedia, 1998.
    • "Fallen Wombs: The Origin of Death in Miltonic Sexuality," Milton Studies, December 1992.
    • "Sublime Afterwards," Shenandoah, 1998.
    • "Epistle from the Planet Photosynthesis: Epistle II," Asheville Poetry Review, 1998.
    • "Tryst" (poem), Antioch Review 48.4 (Fall 1990): 490-1.
    • "Flying Down to Rio" (poem), North American Review 276.1 (March 1991): 66.
    • "The Sphere of Influence" (poem), Black Warrior Review 18.1 (Fall/Winter 1991): 170.
    • "Epistle from the Planet Photosynthesis: Epistle 5" (poem), Gulf Coast 5.1 (Summer 1992): 72-5.
    • "Some Lights" (poem), Western Humanities Review 46.2 (Summer 1992): 158.
    • "Child Reading" (poem), Western Humanities Review, 46.2 (Summer 1992): 159.
    • "In the Still Room" (poem), Amherst Review, Winter 1983.
    • Reading and Book signing at Catawba College, Salisbury, NC; Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC; Appalachian State University, Boone, NC November 2000 - March 2001
    • Readings and Performance Poems performed at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, June 2000
    • Paper entitled "ClanPMS and Others: Resistance and Accommodation in the Women's Video Game Culture," accepted at fall SCMLA convention.
    • Paper entitled "Mannequins, Automatons and Other Cyborgs: Representation and Counter-representation of the Modernist Woman Artist," spring NEMLA convention.
    • Read poetry for Share Our Strengths's national Writer's Harvest literary benefit.
    • Presented project, Cyborg Women: Technology in the Construction of the Modernist Woman Artist at NEH Seminar in Paris, 1997.
    • Presented paper, Monstrous Seers: Mary Shelley's Poetic Progeny of the 1950's at National
    • Poetry Foundation conference, Orono, Maine, July 1996.
    • Read poetry at Georgia / Carolinas College English Association Conference, February, 1996.
    • Chaired program in 19th century British literature, AEGIS conference, University of Houston, 1992.
    • Presented paper, Freeing the Free Text: Self-Revision in Frederick Douglass's Narrative and in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, South Central MLA, October, 1994.
    • held poetry readings in a variety of Cullowhee, NC and Houston, TX reading series.

    Director, Professional Writing, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. 1997-present.

    • Headed committee to design new Masters in Professional Writing Program; revised undergraduate curriculum, oversee advising of all majors; supervise co-ops and internships.
    • Wrote copy and designed departmental brochure.
    • Consult with WCU admissions office on writing and editing of promotional copy.
    Director, Visiting Writers Series, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. 1998-present.
    • Responsible for all fundraising, publicity, and bookings. Booked such writers as Leslie Marmon Silko, Carolyn Chute, Ntozake Shange, and Luis Rodriguez for the first time. 
    • Worked with area teachers and social services providers to reach Latin American community for Luis Rodruiguez's week long residency. 
    Assistant Professor, English, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. 1995-present.
  • Taught several sections of freshman composition and sophomore literature surveys; upper level courses in Modernism, Shakespeare, and Seventeenth Century Metaphysical Poetry.
  • Taught senior level courses in professional writing (Non-fiction Writing, Writing for Careers, and Publishing); organized annual Professional Writing undergraduate conference.
  • Instructor, Poetry and Spirituality Seminar, Cultural Arts Council Artist's Community Project, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, TX. Summer 1995.

    Coordinator, Freshman Peer Tutor Program, English Computer Writing Center, Department of English, University of Houston, Houston, TX 1994-5.

    • Created and implemented peer tutor service for freshman composition program to identify and retain at-risk students; developed system for tracking lab use and student retention.
    • Created instructional materials, including hypertext applications and worksheets for pre-writing, revision, and peer review; met regularly with faculty to tailor assignments to instruction.
    • conducted series of orientation sessions and grammar workshops for 30 graduate assistants.
    • Had primary responsibility for training, scheduling, and payroll.
    Instructor, Upper Division English Program, University of Houston (2 semesters) 1994.
    • co-taught course Writing Centers: Theory and Practice, for peer tutors. Course covered recent developments in composition including expressive, formal, cognitive, social constructivist pedagogies, collaboration, Writing Across the Curriculum, Computer-Assisted Instruction, ESL, and error and remediation.
    Grader, University of Houston, Honors class The Flowering of the Renaissance (2 semesters).

    Resource Person, Freshman Composition, University of Houston, (2 semesters) 1991-2.

    • supervised nine new teaching assistants, conducting observations, workshops, and grading reviews.
    Graduate Instructor, Freshman Composition Program, University of Houston, 1989-94.
    • One of four teaching assistants university-wide to receive the U. of Houston Teaching Excellence Award, 1992.
    • Worked as Computer Writing Center Instructor.
    • Taught several sections each of English Department's Composition and Rhetoric classes (4 semesters); Introduction to Poetry, Introduction to Drama, and Western World Literature (2 semesters each).
    • Participated in Interactive Television instruction and in program of writing instruction on a computer network.
    Grader, University of Houston, Art History Survey , 1993 (2 semesters).

    Instructor, Creative Writing, Inprint, Inc. 1524 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006 (2 semesters).

    Writer/ Instructor, Houston Writers in the Schools (WITS), (1989-90).

    Instructor, Houston Community College, Houston, TX, 1989-1995.

    Graduate Instructor, Department of English - General Education in Literature Program, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52245, 1987-9.

    Instructor, Creative Writing, Elderhostel, University of Iowa School of Continuing Education, Iowa City, IA 52245, (1 section).

    Software Instructor: 9/84 - 8/87; Summer 1988. CBS/FOX Video, New York, New York 10036.

    • Taught rudimentary and advanced software skills to executives and support staff; had primary responsibility for hardware and software support.

    General- Western Carolina University

    • Chaired English Department recruitment drive; organized direct mail and telephone campaign; created pamphlets for literature and writing programs.
    • Developed portfolio assessment program for Professional Writing program.
    • Advisor to student creative journal, Nomad (1995-present;) in charge of all funding.
    • Sponsored several students to the Undergraduate Research Conference (1996-8).
    • Served as Departmental Liaison to Western’s Co-op program at Career Services (1998-present)
    Computer Service
    • Supervised Professional Writing Computer Lab; purchased and maintained all equipment and software from 1995 to present; trained and directed graduate student lab assistants
    • Designed and maintain web site for NEH Summer Seminar in Paris
    • Designed and maintain English Department web page
    • Co-designed and maintain College of Arts and Sciences web site
    • Co-designed (with student Teresa Spence) Jackson County Humane Society site
    • Commissioned to create web site for North Carolina Literary  Consortium
    • Trainer and Administrator for Daedalus Integrated Writing Environment (1996-7)
    Committees - Western Carolina University


    • University Representative to State System Faculty Assembly, 2000 - present.
    • Voting member of university Media Board Fall 1998 - present
    • Member, Mentoring Task Force, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence Member of Subcommittee on freshman composition for the General Education Committee 1998 - present
    • Member, Lectures, Concerts, and Exhibitions (LCE) Comittee
    • Member, Co-Designer, Content Writer, Arts & Sciences Web Page Committee, (1999 - present)
    • Arts and Sciences Technology board (1996-present)
    • Strategic Planning Committee, (1999-present)
    • Department Webmaster and Designer (1998 - present)
    • Computer Lab Repair and Maintenance Manager (1995 - 1999)
    • Recruitment committee (directed; 1998-present)
    • Computer classroom committee (1995-present)
    • Freshman Textbook committee (1995-6)
    • Professional Writing committee (1995-present; directed 1997-present)
    • Visiting Artist committee (1995-present; directed 1998-present)
    • Undergraduate Curriculum committee (1996-7)
    • Departmental Assessment committee (1997-present)
    • Open House committee (1997-present)
    • Brochure committee (directed, 1997-present)
    • Annual Faculty Evaluation committee (1995-7). 
    • Also advised local high school students on writing through local mentoring program. 
    University of Houston:
    • -Vice President of the Graduate English Society (UH 1991-2) 
    • Served on the GES and AEGIS Conference steering committee (UH . 1992; 1994)
    • One of two voting graduate students on the lower division curriculum committee (UH 1993-4)
    • Creative Writing Student Representative to Creative Writing faculty, (UH 1992-3) 
    • Served as Resource Person to supervise and support inexperienced  English instructors (UH 1991-2) 
    • Integrating teaching and technology. Teach several courses full-time in computer classrooms, introducing students to electronic writing, publishing, conferencing, and presentation tools.
    • Literature: Modernism (International and interdisciplinary); Renaissance and 17th century literature, 20th century poetry.

    • Writing: creative writing (poetry and nonfiction), professional writing, and rhetoric and composition.
    • Northeast Modern Language Association
    • South Central Modern Language Assocation
    • North Carolina Writer's Network

    • Modern Language Association
    • Served as judge for Haywood County Arts Council grant contest, January, 1998
    • Acted as mentor for students in Jackson County area high schools, 1996 - present
    • Volunteer and Foster Parent for Jackson County Humane Society, 1995 - present
    • Volunteer for Houston's SPCA, 1993-4.
    • Have designed instructional materials for IBM and Macintosh users; proficient in DOS, Windows, and Windows 95 Platforms, BASIC and Paradox programming, Daedelus instructional software, PowerPoint presentation software, PageMaker and Quark Xpress desktop publishing, HTML programming, Macromedia Dreamweaver 2, Fireworks 2, Flash 5, and several word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs.
    • Maintain personal and professional website; work with a committee to maintain and update departmental website.
    • Frequently build, upgrade, and repair PC-compatible computers.
    • Worked at WCU and throughout graduate school as computer hardware and network consultant; designed database applications in Paradox for several businesses and individuals.
    • Possess reading knowledge of French and Latin.
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    Dr. Brian Railsback, Department Head
    English Department, Coulter Building
    Western Carolina University
    Cullowhee, NC 28723

    Dr. Gayle Miller, former Department Head
    English Department, Coulter Building
    Western Carolina University
    Cullowhee, NC 28723

    Dr. James Byer, former Department Head
    English Department, Coulter Building
    Western Carolina University
    Cullowhee, NC 28723

    Dr. Newton Smith, Associate Professor of Technical Writing
    English Department, Coulter Building
    Western Carolina University
    Cullowhee, NC 28723