Dr. Susan Swartwout

Professor
Director of the Southeast Missouri State University Press

Southeast Missouri State University

Mail Stop 2650 English Department

Cape  Girardeau, MO 63701

Phone (573) 651-2641
Email:  sswartwout@semo.edu

Teaching Interests

Creative writing, independent-press publishing and editing, twentieth-  and twenty-first century American poetry and fiction

 

Publications

 

 Books

Hurricane Blues: Anthology of Poems about Katrina and Rita,  Relief Effort. Co-edited with Philip C. Kolin. Cape Girardeau, MO: Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2006.

 

A Student's Guide to Getting Published. New York, New York: Longman, 2003.


Real Things: An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, April 1999.


Uncommon Ground
. Normal, IL: Illinois Writers Inc., 1996.


Freaks: A Collection of Poetry. Bloomington, IL: Dillon Press, 1995.

 

 Essays

“The Changing Trends of University Press.” Associated Writing Programs Conference Papers, 2009.  Forthcoming in 2009.

 

“Preparing a Successful AQIP Application: Engendering Communication, Collaboration, and Self-knowledge.” Co-authored with Christina Frazier (lead writer), Dennis Holt, Jane Stephens, and David Starrett. Higher Learning Commission Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement, Vol. 4. Chicago: HLC, 2007.

 

"How to Be a Bitter Failure as a Writer."  The Heartland Writers Guild Journal.  March 2005. 3.

 

"Truman Capote" in The  Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia.  Ed. Philip Kolin. Greenwood Publishing Group. March 2004.


"Language Is More Clay than Stone" in Conversations with Rita Dove. Ed. Earl Ingersoll. Jackson, MS: U of Mississippi Press, 2003.


“Revolution Has Not Yet Entered Their Souls: The Jilting of Katherine Anne Porter” in Value and Vision in American Literature. Ed. Joseph Candido. U of Ohio P, 2000. 168 – 179.  (Chapter 11).


“Janet Frame.” Gay and Lesbian Literature, Vol. 2.  Eds. Tom and Sara Pendergast. St. James  P, 1997. 


“In Praise of Smallness.” Small Press Feature. Amazon.com Books Website. March 1997. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/smallpress.html/  (March 26, 1997).


“Canto Alto.” Clockwatch Review 9.1&2 (1995): 64.


Spoon River Quarterly’s Illinois Small Press Collection.” IWI Newsletter March 1992: 1.


“Filling in Between: The Lesbian Love Poems of Linnea Johnson.” Illinois Writers’ Review 11.1  (1992):  22-29. Nominated for Pushcart Prize, 1992.

 

 Reviews

Review of American Political Poetry into the 21st Century by Michael Dowdy. Choice magazine of the American Library Association (August 2007).

 

Review of Contemporary Fiction and the Ethics of Modern Culture by Jeffrey Karnicky. Choice magazine of the American Library Association (July 2007).

 

Review of A Near-Perfect Gift: Stories by R. M. Kinder. Southern Humanities Review  (Spring 2007).

 

Review of Lucille Clifton: Her Life and Letters  by Mary Jane Lupton. Choice (July 2006).

 

Review of Ghostly Parallels: The Lyric Sequences of Robert Penn Warren by Randolph Paul Runyon. Choice (July 2006).

 

Review of Understanding Adrienne Kennedy by Philip Kolin. Choice (June 2006).

 

“Listen, Dammit, I Am the Poem.” Rev. of  Kevin Stein’s American Ghost Roses: Poems. Requested by American Book Review, Ed. Charles Harris. May 2005.

 

Rev. of (Heather Sellers textbook)

 

Rev. of Contemporary American Poetry: Behind the Scenes by Ryan Van Cleave. Pre-press review excerpted for in-text copy by Longman Publishers on backcover and pages 2 - 4. New York: Longman, 2003.


Rev. of Book of My Nights by Li-Young Lee, American Book Review 23.6 (Sept./Oct. 2002): 18.


“I Have Never Seen Elvis, but I Defend His Right to Appear.” Rev. of The Blessing: Poems by  Richard Jones. American Book Review 22.3 (March/April 2001): 18.


Rev. of The View from Below by Lindsey Crittenden. Rain Taxi 4.2 (Summer 1999): 44.


Rev. of Women Drinking Benedictine by Sharon Dilworth. Rain Taxi 4.1 (Spring 1999): 33.


Rev. of Little Red Riding Hood in the Red Light District by Manlio Argueta. Rain Taxi, Spring  1999. Online.


Rev., monthly, ten titles by Independent Press publishers. Amazon.com. Online monthly 09/96  through 11/98.


Rev., excerpt from online review quoted by Milkweed Editions as blurb for Pattiann Roger’s  Eating Bread and Honey, published 12/97. January 1998.


Rev. of Same Blue Chevy by Gale Reneé Walden. American Book Review, 18.4 (May-June  1997): 21.


Rev. of Small Hours of the Night: Selected Poems by Roque Dalton. Ed. Hardie St. Martin.  American Book Review, 18.3 (March-April 1997): 26.


Rev. of The Lord and the General Din of the World by Jane Mead. American Book Review. 17.5  (June-July 1996): 17.


Rev. of Stunts by Carol Oles and Kyrie for One Voice by Margaret Holley. Spoon River Poetry  Review 11.1 (1996): 124-28.


Rev. of The Old Man and the Wolves by Julia Kristeva. Review of Contemporary Fiction 16.1  (1996): 177.

 

“Sure, Women Can Read Maps, But It May Not Get Them Where They Want To Be.” Rev. of  Foreign Parts by Janice Galloway. American Book Review 17.2 (Winter 1995): 20.


Rev. of A Walking Fire by Valerie Miner.  Review of Contemporary Fiction 15.1 (1995): 166-7.

 

 Poems

 

“And Also See.” Cuivre River Anthology Vol. IV. St. Louis, MO: High Hill Press, 2009. 19.

 

“Mock Elvis.” Cuivre River Anthology Vol. IV. St. Louis, MO: High Hill Press, 2009. 21.

 

“Family History, Chemically Etched.” Cuivre River Anthology Vol. IV. St. Louis, MO: High Hill Press, 2009. 24.

 

“In the Heart of Illinois State Fair.” Cuivre River Anthology Vol. IV. St. Louis, MO: High Hill Press, 2009. 26.

 

“Mama’s Gardenias.” Hurricane Blues: Anthology of Poems about Katrina and Rita,  Relief Effort. Cape Girardeau, MO: Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2006. 136.

 

“How to Host a Hurricane: Gov Love, American Style.” Hurricane Blues: Anthology of Poems about Katrina and Rita,  Relief Effort. Cape Girardeau, MO: Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2006. 158.

 

“Burroughs Meets the Brain.” The Eye 3 (December 2005). 2.

 

"Stay."  Lunarosity, June 2004.


"Thin Air."  Lunarosity, June 2004.


"Family History, Filmy with Grief." Lunarosity, June 2004.


"Late News for the Geographically Indifferent.” Lunarosity, June 2004.


“Frankenfreud.” River Styx (Spring 2003): 120.


“One of the Lesser Gods.” Reprinted in Sou’wester: 40th Anniversary Retrospective Issue 28.2  (Spring 2000): 102.


 “Tenderest.” River Styx 55 (Fall 1999): 4.


 “Our Man Thumb.” The Laurel Review 33.1&2 (Fall 1999): 81.

 
 “Wrestling My Son’s Sport.” Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 16.1 (1998): 196.

 
“The Goddess Discord Brings Her New Doll Buggy into My Backyard When I Don’t Want Her  There.” Baybury Review 1 (1997): 40.


“Montage a Ratatouille.” Sou’wester 25.2 (1997): 23.


“How to Be a Better Poet.” Sou’wester 25.2 (1997): 25.


“Tom Thumb Dreams.” Spoon River Poetry Review 22.1 (1997): 20.


“Rear Window.” Spoon River Poetry Review 22.1 (1997): 18.


“The Expanse Between Porch and Sky.” Spoon River Poetry Review 22.1 (1997): 19.


Israel’s Dreams.”  Pikestaff Forum12.1 (1996): 16.


“I Stroke Death by the Eight Foot Jesus.” Pikestaff Forum 12.1 (1996): 16.


“Chinese Checkers: Basics and Strategies.” Pikestaff Forum12.1 (1996): 16.


“Ascent to Mountaintop, No Chariot.” Pikestaff Forum 12.1 (1996): 16.


“Bartender.” translated from Honduran poet José González. Illinois Review 4.1&2 (1996): 71

 
“P.” translated from José González. Illinois Review 4.1&2 (1996): 72.


“Selected Defects.” translated from José González. Illinois Review 4.1&2 (1996): 73.

 
“Sport King.” translated from José González. Illinois Review 4.1&2 (1996): 74.


Louisiana Ladies’ Watermelon Tea—1890.” Feminist Studies 21.1 (1995): 35-36.


“Sideways Through a Looking Glass.” Illinois Review 3.1 & 2 (1995): 14.


“Siamese Twins in Love.” Clockwatch Review 9.1&2 (1995): 65.


“Chang’s Wife Takes to Gin.” Clockwatch Review 9.1&2 (1995): 66.


“Nightfall Brushes Her Hair.” Clockwatch Review 9.1&2 (1995): 67.


“Chang Runs Away From Home.” Clockwatch Review 9.1&2 (1995): 68.


“Day Breaks Through Her Window.”  Clockwatch Review 9.1&2 (1995): 69.


“Eng Writes to Chang.”  Clockwatch Review 9.1&2 (1995): 70.


“Roadkill Meditations.” Broadside. Ola De Etta Dillinger Good Foundation. Normal, IL. April 1994.


“I Wannabe Your Queen.” Sweet Nothings:  Anthology of Rock and Roll Poetry. BloomingtonIN: Indiana UP, 1993. 106-107.


“Faggot.” Illinois Review 1.1 (1993): 64.


“Intentions of Shade.” Analecta 19 (1993): 21.


“One of the Lesser Gods.”  Sou’wester special “Illinois Authors” double issue 21.2&3 (1993): 40.


“Our Bodies Speak Their Lines” Negative Capability 12.3 (1993): 40. Honorable Mention:  1992  Eve of  St. Agnes Competition.


“The Trail at Hedgebrook.” Sou’wester special Illinois authors double issue 21.2&3 (1993): 38- 39.


“The Ceiba Tree.” Rhino (1992): 2-3.


“Five Deceits of the Hand.” Rhino (1992): 1.


“I Stroke Death by the Eight-Foot Jesus.” Druid’s Cave Spring (1992): 25.


“One of the Lesser Gods.” Druid’s Cave Spring (1992): 24.


“Orpheus: The First Time.” The Cape Rock 27. 1 (1992): 1.


“Calle Rito de Gemidos.” Great Stream Review 2. 2 (1991): 34.


“The Emily Dickinson Computer Poem.” Vidette Fall (1991).


“Quotidian.” Vidette Fall (1991).


“Songbird:  The Arribatamiento.” Farmer’s Market 8. 2 (1991): 56.


“War Games.” Vidette Fall (1991).


“Winslow Homer’s Watching the Breakers.” Creative Woman 11. 3 (1991): 37.


“A Reputation.” Farmer’s Market 7. 2 (1990): 49.

 
“A Year After the Divorce, My Car Gets Wrecked.” Farmer’s Market 7. 2 (1990): 48.


“Casting the Friendship Circle.” Sou’wester 18. 2 (1990): 33-34.


“Folded.” Lullwater Review 2. 1 (1990): 29.

 
“I Tell Myself Yellow.” Whetstone 7 (1990): 57.


“Mother and Daughter—Miles Apart.” Sou’wester  18. 2 (1990): 35.


“Naked in the Demimonde.” The Nebraska Review 19. 1  (1990): 59.


“Winslow Homer’s Watching the Breakers.” Mississippi Review: Special Issue 19. 1&2 (1990): 279.


“Your Lines, My Circles.” Sou’wester 18. 2 (1990): 36.


“Beastiality.” Catch 20. 2&3 (1989): 208.


“Cleaning Her Room.” Catch 21. 1 (1989): 38.


“Dutch.” Catch 21. 1 (1989): 36-37.


“In Search of Another Romantic.” Phizzogs 15 (1989): 6.


“Moondancer.” Phizzogs 15 (1989): 15.


“Nightmoves.” Phizzogs 15 (1989): 9.


“Concentrating on the Subtle Shutups.” Catch 19.2 (1988): 30.


“Domingo in Barcelona.” Phizzogs 14 (1988): 25.


“Filling the Cornucopia.” Phizzogs 14 (1988): 27.


“Mysticante Gato.” Phizzogs 14 (1988): 31.

 
“Nightmoves.” Beloit Poetry Journal 39. 1 (1988): 31.


“The Red-eye.” Catch 19.2 (1988): 29.


“Anxious on a Long Leash.” Phizzogs 13 (1987): 27.


“Collar.” Phizzogs 13 (1987): 24.


“The Critic.” Phizzogs 13 (1987): 15.

 
“A View from the Porch Swing.” Phizzogs 13 (1987): 14.

 

Short Stories

“Student Bodies.” Phizzogs 15 (1989):  24-25.

 
“Living in the Rain.” Farmer’s Market  5.2 (1988):  21-33.


A Quiet Place.” Catch 20.1 (1988):  104-111.


“Living in the Rain.”  Catch 19.3 (1988):  5-16. [Davenport Award judged first place by novelist  Jane Smiley]

 

 Published Interviews

Interview with artist Gary Lucy, for Big Muddy 2.1. January, 2002.


“An Interview with Novelist Rick Harsch.” Amazon.com Online (Dec. 1998).


“An Interview with David Ignatow.” Druid’s Cave (1991): 3-5.


“An Interview with J. W. Rivers.” Druid’s Cave 15th Anniv. issue (1990): 77-80.


“An Interview with Rita Dove.” Farmer’s Market 6.2 (1989): 4-7.

 

 

Honors and Awards

 

 Creative Writing

Nominated for Pushcart Prize by poet Gary Gildner. February 2005.

 

Featured poet for Lunarosity, March 2004 issue.


Winner of  the Hanks Award, St. Louis Poetry Center, for the poem “Tenderest,” published in River Styx. May 2000.


Nominated by the editors of The Laurel Review for the Hanks Award, March 4, 2000, for the  poem “Our Man Thumb,” published in 1999.


Finalist in the top 5, Southern Women Writers Writing Contest, Berry College, for the poem  “The Professional,” February 4, 1998.


Nominated for The Pushcart Prize by Sou’wester literary magazine, Nov. 18, 1997 for the poem  “Montage de Ratatouille.”


Ragdale Foundation Fellowship, Lake Forest, IL. Residency: June 1996, $2,800.


Winner, Illinois Writers Inc. National Poetry Chapbook Competition, April 1996.


Finalist, Pearl Literary Magazine’s annual poetry chapbook competition. December 1995.


National winner, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award for Poetry, presented in New YorkOctober 5, 1995, $4,000.


Featured poet, Clockwatch Review [includes 6-poem sequence and an essay] 9.1&2 (1995): 64- 70.


Ola De Etta Dillinger Good Award in Poetry. First place, April 29, 1994.


Illinois Writers’ Inc. annual chapbook contest for poetry manuscript  “Taken by Mountains.” Honorable mention, April 15, 1994.


Illinois Arts Council Literary Award nomination  by Illinois Review for poem “Faggot,”  February 1994.

 
Pearl Literary Magazine’s annual poetry chapbook competition. Finalist, December 1993.


Pushcart Prize nomination by Illinois Review in poetry for “Faggot,” November 1993.

 
Illinois Writers’ Inc. annual chapbook contest for fiction manuscript  “Incarnations.” Finalist,  March 13, 1993.


Illinois Arts Council Literary Award nomination by Farmer’s Market for poem “Songbird:  The  Arribatamiento,” January 1993.


Illinois Arts Council Literary Award nomination by Illinois Writers Review  for essay, “Filling In  Between: The Lesbian Love Poems of Linnea Johnson,” January 1993.


White Eagle Coffee Store Press’ 1992 Poetry Chapbook contest for “Taken by Mountains.” Finalist, December 1992.

 
Pushcart Prize nomination by Illinois Writers Review  for essay,“Filling In Between: The Lesbian  Love Poems of Linnea Johnson,” November 1992.


Anabiosis Press’ annual chapbook contest.  Manuscript:  “Reputations.” Finalist [one of top 3  manuscripts of 115 entries], June 1992.


Negative Capability’s annual awards issue, 1992 Eve of St. Agnes Competition, for “Our Bodies Speak Their Lines.” Finalist [one of 10 honorable mention poems out of 1900],  December 1993.


1992 Poet’s Market through 2000 Poet’s Market. Featured poet in the entry for Sou’wester  literary magazine.


Rhino’s annual poetry contest for “Five Deceits of the Hand.” First prize, December 1991.


Illinois Writers’ Inc. poetry chapbook contest for “Reputations.” Finalist, December 1992.


Hedgebrook Writer’s Colony, Seattle, WA. Fellowship award, residency: June 1991.

 
Pushcart Prize nomination in poetry by Sou’wester for “Mother and Daughter—Miles Apart,”  1990.


Davenport Award [judged by novelist Jane Smiley] for “Living in the Rain.” First place, fiction,  1988. $250.


Nick Adams Short Story Competition for “The Holman Site.” Finalist, 1988.


Missy Peterson Poetry Award, Carl Sandburg College. First place, 1987.

 

 Academic

Selected as a Choice academic reviewer by Association of College and Research Libraries (division of American Library Association) in the genres of contemporary American fiction and poetry.

 

FFR Individual Professional Development Award, $500, Southeast Missouri State University,  June 2006.

 

FFR Individual Professional Development Award, $500, Southeast Missouri State University,  June 2004.

 

Chair of Faculty Senate for 2004-2005.

 

Outstanding Teaching Honors Award, College of Liberal Arts, Southeast Missouri State  University, May 2000.


FFR Individual Professional Development Award, $500, Southeast Missouri State University,  July 2000.


FFR Individual Professional Development Award, $500, Southeast Missouri State UniversitySeptember 24, 1999.


Charter Excellence Award for English Department Top Graduate Student of 1995-96, Illinois  State University, April 1996.


Graduate Committee Scholarship Award for contribution to a major professional conference.  Recepient, November 1993.


George Canning Scholarship Award, Illinois State University for “A Race of Lost Humans: Character Development in Eudora Welty’s Early Short Stories.”  Recipient, 1991.


Howard Wilson Prize for Non-fiction [judged by Howard Wolf of SUNY-Buffalo] for “Creative  Process in Gerard Manley Hopkins.” First place, 1989. $250


English Talent Grant, Carl Sandburg College. Recipient, 1985-86.

 

Institutional Grant

Funding for Results Grant, Southeast Missouri State University, with Drs. Karen Carcia and Thomas Eaton. "Multicultural Educators as Speakers," $43,000 fully funded. 2006-2009.

 

Funding for Results Grant, Southeast Missouri State University. "Student Publishers/Student Editors: A University Press," $50,000, fully funded. 2004-2009.

 

Funding for Results Grant, Southeast Missouri State University. "Student Publishers/Student Editors: A University Press," $35,880, fully funded. 2001.

 
Funding for Results Grant, Southeast Missouri State University. “Breaking Down Stereotypes: Stage 3, Indians in Residencies,” $30,000, fully funded. 2001.

 
FFR Individual Professional Development Award, $1,000, Southeast Missouri State University, July 2001.


Funding for Results Grant, Southeast Missouri State University. “Big Muddy: A Journal of the  Mississippi River Valley,” $8,730, fully funded, fiscal 2000 – 2001.


FFR Individual Professional Development Award, $500, Southeast Missouri State University,  July 2000.

 
Student Government grant for printing of Journey magazine. Fully funded, $4,400. 2000-2001.


Funding for Results Grant, Southeast Missouri State University. “Breaking Down Stereotypes:  Real Indian Writers, Real Indian Educators,” $13,165, fully funded, fiscal 1999 – 2000.


Kent Library Endowment Fund, selected short fiction and poetry collections. Kent Library,  Southeast Missouri State University, $800, fully funded, April 11, 1999.


FFR Individual Professional Development Award, $500, Southeast Missouri State UniversitySeptember 24, 1999.


Kent Library Endowment Fund, selected short fiction and poetry collections. Kent Library,  Southeast Missouri State University, $1,500, fully funded, April 22, 1997.

 

Works-in-Progress

 

 Creative
“Peculiar Beauties,” full-length poetry manuscript.

 
“Burgh,” collection of short fiction.

 

 Academic

Author, “Publishing and the Independent Press,” textbook.


Author, “Don’t Dare Change a Thing: Isabel Paterson and The New York Herald,” critical  study.

 

Education

1996:  Doctor of Arts, Illinois State University


1991:  M.A., Illinois State University

 

Dissertation

“Being Human:  A Nonoppositional Sex-Difference Approach to Twentieth-Century American  Short Fiction by Men and Women,” directed by Ray Lewis White

 

Teaching Experience

American Fiction of the 21st Century: Southeast Missouri State University

Practicum in Teaching Creative Writing (graduates): Southeast Missouri State University

Literary Editing Practicum: Southeast Missouri State University
Small Press Publishing: Southeast Missouri State University
Introduction to Creative Writing: Southeast Missouri State University, Illinois State          University
Fiction and the Human Experience: Southeast Missouri State University
Advanced Creative Writing--Poetry: Southeast Missouri State University (EN573)
Advanced Creative Writing--Fiction: Southeast Missouri State University (EN574)
Contemporary American Poetry: Southeast Missouri State University (LI 571)
CyberFiction and Society: Southeast Missouri State University (LI576)
English Composition: Southeast Missouri State University
Children’s Literature: Southeast Missouri State University
Rhetoric and Critical Thinking: Southeast Missouri State University
Creative and Critical Thinking: Southeast Missouri State University
Introduction to Poetry and Drama: for English majors, Illinois State University
Introduction to Fiction: The short story. Illinois State University
Women’s Literature: A multicultural approach. Illinois State University
College
Writing: Knox College
Language and Composition I: Illinois State University
Language and Composition II [research paper writing]. Illinois State University
Fiction Writing Workshop, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
First-year Preceptorial—Selections in Western Thought, Knox College.

 

Other Instructional Activities

Director of Publishing Internships

 

Coordinator of KRCU’s poetry on the radio, 2007.


Creator/administrator of Southeast’s Small-press Publishing Minor, an interdisciplinary minor for students interested in a career in literary publishing.

 

Director/Coordinator for the Southeast Missouri State University Writing Achievement Awards,  2001 - 2004.


Judging Coordinator for the Southeast Missouri State University Writing Achievement Awards, 1997 - 2001, 2004.


Coordinator/producer of KRCU’s poetry on the radio, 1997.


Spoon River Poetry Review’s Illinois Poets-in-Classes program, 1990-91, 1991-92.  Duties  included selecting and scheduling the high schools, providing advance instructional  materials, critiquing student work, and providing classroom instruction once a week for four weeks in 8 high schools a year.

 

 

Student Organization Advising

Advisor of Journey student literary magazine and its Visiting Writers Series, Student Poetry  Reading Series, and Journey Writers in Classes Program. Southeast Missouri State  University,  Fall 1997- current.

 

Advisor to Student Society for Publishing, Southeast Missouri State University, Fall 2001 –  2003.

 

Theses Director

Director of Masters Thesis by Donna Essner, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of original work by the author. Current.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Jennifer Weiss, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of original work by the author. Current.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Kristine Yesley, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of original work by the author. 2008.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Amelie Morgan, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of original work by the author. Current.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Anna-Marie Beard, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of original work by the author. 2008.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Elishia Heiden, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of original work by the author. 2008.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Corey Barnardt , Southeast Missouri State University, a novel by the author. May 2007.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Kristi Murray, Southeast Missouri State University, a novel by the author. May 2007.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Wade Christian, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of original work by the author. 2008.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Daniel Jaycox, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of original work by the author. May 2007.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Nick Watts, Southeast Missouri State University, a novel by the author. May 2006.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Jon Thrower, Southeast Missouri State University, collection of creative works by the author. 2005.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Jarret Green, Southeast Missouri State University, collection of creative works by the author. 2005.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Nikki Trokey, Southeast Missouri State University. May 2004.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Bridget Brown, Southeast Missouri State University, collection of creative works by the author. Current.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Jason Sander, Southeast Missouri State University, collection of creative works by the author. Current.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Leon Cluck, Southeast Missouri State University, collection of creative works by the author. May 2004.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Lynn Watson, Southeast Missouri State University, “At the Whitmore,” a young adult novel by the author. May 2005.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Miranda Henley, Southeast Missouri State University, "Independent Press Publishing: Procedures and Problems." May 2004.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Clay Matthews, Southeast Missouri State University, collection of creative works by the author. May 2003.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Dale Hawkins, Southeast Missouri State University, collection of creative works by the author. Current.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by David M. Taylor, Southeast Missouri State University, collection of creative works by the author. May 2002.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Daniel Crocker, Southeast Missouri State University, an original  novel by the author. May 2002. 


Director of Masters Thesis by Sandra Braggs, Southeast Missouri State University, collection  of creative works by the author.  May 2004.


Director of Masters Thesis by Michael McArthur, Southeast Missouri State University, collection  of creative works by the author. December 2004.


Director of Masters Thesis by Stacey Rollins, Southeast Missouri State University, collection  of creative works by the author.  August 2003.


Director of Masters Thesis by Mary Jane Mills, Southeast Missouri State University, collection  of creative works by the author. May 2002.


Director of Masters Thesis by Thomas Eaton, Southeast Missouri State University, collection of creative works by the author.  May 2001.


Director of Masters Thesis by Stephanie Williams, Southeast Missouri State University,  collection of creative works by the author.  May 2001.

 

Director of Masters Thesis by Melissa Schwab, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection  of creative work by the author, 1999.

 

Director of  Masters thesis by Susan Parks, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of  creative work by the author, August 1997.


Director of  Masters thesis by Julie Chapman, Southeast Missouri State University, “Active Learning in Literature: Resources for Teaching,” August 1997.

 

Theses Committee Member
Second reader of Masters Thesis by Jennifer Hotop, Southeast Missouri State University. Current.

 

Third reader of Masters Thesis by Jesse Laurentius, Southeast Missouri State University. 2007.

 

Second reader of Masters Thesis by Amber Faircloth, Southeast Missouri State University. 2006.

 

Second reader of Masters Thesis by Benjamin Pruett, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of creative works by the author. 2005.

 

Second reader of Masters Thesis by Dustin Michael, Southeast Missouri State University, a collection of creative works by the author. 2005.

 

Third reader of Masters Thesis by Jeramy Ponder, Southeast Missouri State University, “The Vietnam War Experience and Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri.” December 2003.

 

Third reader of Masters Thesis in History by Shonda Hemphill, Southeast Missouri State  University, a study of race relations and school desegregation in Charleston Missouri  between 1954 and 1968. Current.


Second reader of Masters Thesis by Michael Gurnow, Southeast Missouri State University, a  collection of creative works by the author. 2001.


Third reader of Masters Thesis in Education by Melissa Harbaugh, Southeast Missouri State  University, “The Effectiveness of Multicultural Education in the Middle-School  According to Administrators.” April 2000.

 

Second reader of Master’s thesis by David Thomas, Southeast Missouri State University,  “Fences,” a collection of creative work by the author, May 1997.

 

Undergraduate Honors Projects

Director of Honors Project by Michele Metych, writing and desktop publishing the book, A Treatise on No-kill Cat Sanctuaries.  May 2007.

 

Faculty mentor. MacNair Scholarship Project by English major Kyle Barnett. 2007.

 

Committee member, Graduation with Distinction Project by art major Jennifer Catron. December 2006.

 

Director of Honors Project by Meredith Purvis, writing and desktop publishing the book, A Student’s Guide to Study Abroad.  May 2006.

 

Committee member, Graduation with Distiction Project by art major Lindsey Baker. May 2006.

 

Committee member, Graduation with Distinction Project by psychology major Denekia Tucker. May 2003.

 

Committee member, Graduation with Distinction Project by English major Helen White. December 2002.

 

Committee member, Graduation with Distinction Project by psychology major Andrea Holloway. May 2001.

 

Director of Honors Project by Illinois State University senior Katherine Austin on the  autobiographical elements in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,”  Spring  1994.


Director of Honors Project by Illinois State University senior Patricia Miller on the selected  fiction of African American writer Ann Petry, Fall 1993.

 

Languages

English, native; fluent in Spanish; read Italian and French

 

Listings

Directory of American Poets and Writers, Associated Writing Programs.

Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets
Contemporary Authors Index, Gale Research.  
Missouri Center for the Book, Missouri authors online listing.
Poet’s Market, featured poet for Sou’wester’s entry

 

Writer-in-Residence

Ragdale Foundation Fellowship award, Lake Forest, IL, residency: June 1996.


First Annual Senior High School Poetry Festival, Peoria Division of Illinois Association for Teachers of English, March 29, 1996.


Second Annual Junior/Senior High School Poetry Festival, Illinois Valley Division of Illinois Association for Teachers of English, March 15, 1996.


Bloomington Junior High School, Bloomington, IL, in-classes poetry symposium, November 29, 1995.


First Annual Junior/Senior High School Poetry Festival, Illinois Valley Association of Illinois Association for Teachers of English, March 10, 1995.

 
Western Illinois University’s all-day poetry symposium, April 15, 1994.


Hedgebrook Writer’s Colony, Seattle, WA, residency: June 1991.


Glenbard East High School, Lombard, IL, in-classes poetry symposium, February 19, 1992.

 

Presentations

Forthcoming, Speaker and panel moderator. “Changing Trends in University Press.” Associated Writing Programs Conference. Chicago, IL. February 14, 2009.

 

Forthcoming, speaker and lead writer for panel. “How Revis(ion)ing our Action Projects Made Us Stronger (And Didn’t Kill Us). Higher Learning Commission. Chicago, IL. April 2009.

 

Forthcoming, keynote speaker and workshop leader. St. Louis Saturday Writers. St. Louis, MO. October 25, 2008.

 

Speaker and panel moderator.  “How to Plan Your First Published Book.” Kent Library Athenaeum. Southeast Missouri State University.  October 22, 2008

 

Keynote speaker. Heartland Writer’s Guild Annual Conference. Cape Girardeau, MO. June 7, 2008.

 

Keynote speaker. 15th Annual Student Research Conference. Southeast Missouri State University. April 18, 2007.

 

 Panel member. “Preparing a Successful AQIP Application: Engendering Communication, Collaboration, and Self Knowledge” with Drs. CL Frazier, D Holt, J Stephens, and DA Starrett. Higher Learning Commission. April 2007.               

 

Interviewee, with Tom Harte, for “Discover Cape” program on Stirring Words, aired on KFVS and Channel 5. May 2007.

 

Interviewed by KFVS TV about Internet publishing. Broadcast 03/07/07

 

Interviewed by Chris Schnell and Tom Harte for “Public Forum,” 09/25/07

 

Interviewed by Joshua Russell for “Discover Cape,” 12/04/07

 

Pedagogy Forum I participant, Associated Writing Programs Conference, Vancouver, Canada. April 1, 2005.

 

Keynote speaker: “What Kinds of Jobs Can a Creative Writer Get?” Writing Achievement Awards, Southeast Missouri State University, April 9, 2005.

 

Interviewer, with Tom Harte, of Edward C. Matthews, III, author of Matthews: Historical Adventures of a Pioneer Family  for “Going Public,” KRCU radio, February 21, 2005.

 

Guest speaker at Southeast’s 25-Year Club Homecoming dinner, October 28, 2004.

 

Interviewer, with Tom Harte, of novelist Linda Busby Parker for “Going Public,” KRCU radio, broadcast October 24, 2004.

 

Interviewer, with Tom Harte, of Gary Gildner for “Going Public,” KRCU radio, broadcast September 19, 2004.

 

Guest speaker at 11th annual Heartland Writers’ Conference. June, 2004.

 

Interviewer, with Tom Harte, of William Trowbridge for “Going Public,” KRCU radio, broadcast March 7, 2004.

 

Poetry reading, Wordsfair, Southeast Missouri State University, May 2003.

 

Poetry workshops for three classes at Jackson High School in Jackson, MO. April 22, 2002.

 

Booksigning and lecture on getting published. Barnes and Noble, Cape Girardeau, MO, February 2002.

 

Keynote speaker for Poetry Month Celebration at Shawnee Community College (lecture, reading, and workshop). April 2001.

 
Interviewed for “Books and Authors” Program on Augustana College’s National Public Radio,  January 18, 2001. The program aired January 20, 2001.


Presented lecture entitled “Spirals of Revelation” and poetry workshop for The St. Louis Poetry  Center at the University Center Library Auditorium, September 17, 2000.


Poetry reading at the St. Louis Poetry Center, St. Louis, MO.May 28, 2000.

 
Poetry workshop at North Elementary School, Jackson, MO. March 31, 2000.


Presented/performed, Walt Whitman’s “I Sing the Body Electric,” Millennial Symposium of the  Arts, Kent Library, March 10, 2000.

 
Poetry reading, Touch of Grace Café, Cape Girardeau, MO. February 29, 2000.


Poetry reading, Barnes and Noble, Cape Girardeau, MO. May 14, 1999.


Presented, Blues/Poetry Writing workshop, Southeast Missouri Writing Project, March 13,  1999.

 
Presented “Freaks in the Mainstream.” Missouri Philological Association, Cape Girardeau, MO.  February 26, 1999.


Poetry reading, Journey magazine reading series, September 30, 1998.

 
Poetry reading and workshop, Cape Girardeau Public Library, April 27, 1998.

 
Keynote speaker on “Independent Press Opportunities in Online Marketing.” Book Publishers of  Texas Conference, Austin, TX. April 19, 1998.

 
Presented beginning poetry writing at North Elementary School in Jackson, MO. April 15, 1998.


Poetry reading. University Museum, Southeast Missouri State University, April 8, 1998.


Session leader. “Teaching Creative Writing Techniques.” Eleventh Annual Toward Excellence  in English Conference, Southeast Missouri English Teacher’s Association. October 25,  1997.


Presented “Memory’s Risky Fiction: Memoir and Invention in Creative Writing.” Rocky  Mountain Modern Language Association. October 17, 1997.

 
Poetry reading with Journey writers, Family Weekend. Southeast Missouri State UniversityOctober 4, 1997.


Keynote speaker. Southeast Missouri State University Writing Achievements Awards ceremony. April 19, 1997.


Session leader. Third Annual Creative Writing Day.  Southeast Missouri State University. April  5, 1997.


Poetry reading and discussion, with Dale Haskell. Shawnee High School. April 2, 1997.

 
Poetry reading, Sigma Tau Delta Banquet, Southeast Missouri State University. November 20,  1996.


Barnes & Noble Creative Writing Group, Cape Girardeau, MO. Presented “How to Prepare a  Manuscript for Submission: Formats and Markets,” November 9, 1996.


Speaker. “Female Experience” course at Southeast Missouri State University. Presented  “Women and Writing,” November 6, 1996.


Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL. Poetry reading, June 24, 1996.


First Annual High School Poetry Festival, Peoria Association of Illinois Association for Teachers  of English. Keynote speaker, featured poet for teacher and student workshops, and poetry reading, April 16, 1996.


Poetry reading. Babbitt’s Bookstore, Normal, IL. March 30, 1996.

 
Keynote speaker, featured poet for teacher and student workshops, and poetry reading. Second Annual Junior/Senior High School Poetry Festival, Illinois Valley Association of Illinois Association for Teachers of English. March 15, 1996.


Featured speaker. Bloomington Junior High School, Bloomington, IL. Presented “How to Meet a  Metaphor: Generating/Integrating Sound, Sense, and Image,” November 29, 1995.


Poetry Radio-rama Benefit for Public Radio WGLT. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Bloomington, IL. Poetry reading, November 11,1995.

 
Poetry reading. Caxton Club, Knox College. November 10, 1995.

 
HISED (Heads of Illinois Secondary English Departments), Illinois State University. Poetry  reading, April 28, 1995.

 
Borders Book Store, Oak Park, IL. Poetry reading, April 23, 1995.


Clockwatch Review Special 10th anniversary reception, Lucca’s. Poetry reading, April 13, 1995.

 
First Annual Junior/Senior High School Poetry Festival, Illinois Valley Association of Illinois  Association for Teachers of English. Keynote speaker, featured poet for teacher and  student workshops, and poetry reading, March 10, 1995.


Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Bloomington, IL. Poetry reading, February 12, 1995.


Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Bloomington, IL.  Poetry reading, December 11, 1994.


Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL  Poetry Festival [workshops for students and teachers].  Featured poet and workshop facilitator, April 15, 1994.


Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. Poetry reading, April 14, 1994.

 
Black Women’s Association, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Speaker, March 21, 1994.


University High School, Normal, IL. Poetry reading and discussion, November 16, 1993.


Midwest Modern Language Association,  Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Presented “Post-postness and NeuRomancing:  The Technological and Romantic Sublime in Cyberpunk Fiction,”  November 6, 1993.


Wordsfair, Franklin Park, Bloomington, IL. Poetry reading, October 10, 1993.


Illinois Valley Association of Illinois Association for Teachers of English meeting,  Tonica, IL.   Featured lecture, “Poetry Anxiety in the Classroom,” and poetry reading, September 21, 1993.

 
HISED (Heads of Illinois Secondary English Departments), Illinois State University. Poetry  reading, April 30, 1993.


WGLT Public Radio, Normal, IL. Poetry reading, February 26, 1993.

 
University’s Cultural Diversity Seminar, Bone Student Center, Illinois State University, NormalIL. Poetry reading, October 26, 1992.


The Bop Shop, Chicago, IL. Poetry reading, October 25, 1992.


Student Teachers Seminar, Illinois State University.  Presented “Because I Don’t Understand It: Contemporary Poetry and the Myth of the Single Meaning,” October 22, 1992.

 
National Endowment for the Humanities seminar, Illinois State University. Presented “Using  Manuscript Revisions and Word Choice Exercises in Teaching Poetry,” July 28, 1992.


HISED (Heads of Illinois Secondary English Departments), Illinois State University. Poetry  reading, with Karen Lee Osborne, Columbia College, Chicago, and Jim Elledge, Illinois  State University, April 24, 1992.


The Gallery, Normal, IL. Poetry reading, April 13, 1992.


Student Teachers Seminar,Illinois State University.  Presented “Alternatives to the Way We  Were Taught:  How to Teach a Poem by Showing, Not Telling,” March 27, 1992.

 
Glenbard East High ,School, Lombard, IL. Visiting Writer for in-classes poetry symposium.  Presented “How to ‘Cure’ a Poem” February 19, 1992.


Illinois State University. Poetry reading, November 19, 1991.


Babbitt’s Bookstore, Normal, IL. Poetry reading, April 1991.


Dupage County High School Teachers’ Conference, Lombard, IL;  Presented “O Romantic  Overflow: The Romantic Impulse in Student Writing,” March 1, 1991.


Illinois State University. Poetry reading, April 1990.


Heads of Illinois Secondary English Departments Annual Conference, Illinois State University.  Presented “Poets-in-Classes Programs: What’s Available, What’s the Agenda,” April 27,  1990.

 
Twenty-sixth Annual Community College/University English Articulation Conference,  Monticello, IL. Presented with Dr. Lucia Getsi “Poets in Process: How to Get and Use Living Poets and Their Ms Revisions,” April 19, 1990.


Galesburg Community Center. Poetry reading, June 1989.

 
Americana Retirement Village, Galesburg, IL. Poetry reading, April 1989.

 
Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, IL. Poetry reading, March 1989.

 
Knox College, Galesburg, IL. Poetry reading, November 1988.

 
Davenport Award Reception, Knox College, Galesburg, IL. Fiction reading, April 1988.

 

Editing, Judging

 

Publisher and editor, Southeast Missouri State University Press, July 2001-current.


Editor and co-founder, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, bi-annual literary journal. Southeast Missouri State University, July 2000-current.

 

Judge for Poetry Out Loud, regional competition, February 2008.

 

Judge: 3rd Annual Show-Me Digital Film Festival, March 24, Cape Girardeau, MO

 

Judge: annual Mighty River Short Story Contest and the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest, 2007 – current.

 

Judge. Southeast Missouri State University’s Writing Achievement Awards for schools. Feb.1998 – current.

 

Judge: annual Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Award, 2005 – current.

 

Judge for History Day at the University March 16, 2007.

 

Judge for Poetry Out Loud, regional competition, February 25, 2007.

 

Judge, Asininepoetry.com’s national sonnet contest, November 2005.

 

Judge, Heartland Writer’s Guild Poetry Contest, January 2005.

 

Judge, Southeast Missourian’s “The Best Years” poetry contest, September 2004.


Producer/publisher, Tears of the Trail by Marie W. Exler, edited by Dr. Carol Morrow.  February 2001.


Judging Coordinator, Southeast Missouri State University’s Writing Achievement Awards for  schools. Feb.1998 – Spring 2000.


Judge. Journey literary journal’s photography competition, Southeast Missouri State University.  April 2000-2004.

 
Judge for the AIDS student writing awards, Southeast Missouri State University, 1999.


Judging Coordinator for the Southeast Missouri State University 125th Anniversary Essay  Awards, 1998-99.

 
Judge of The Cape Rock Best of Issue, Southeast Missouri State University, July 1999 .


Judge, Thorngate Road Press Frank O’Hara Award Chapbook Competition. March 1999.


Small Press editor, Amazon.com Online Bookstore, 1996-1999.


Associate editor, The Cape Rock literary journal, Southeast Missouri State University, 1996- current.


First reader, Thorngate Road Press Frank O’Hara Award Chapbook Competition. March 1998.


Judge. Journey literary journal’s photography competition, Southeast Missouri State University. April 1997.


First reader, Thorngate Road Press Berdache Chapbook Series 1. March 1997.


First reader, Thorngate Road Press Frank O’Hara Award Chapbook Competition. March 1997.


First reader judging the Spoon River Poetry Review 1995 international poetry competition.


Assistant editor, Spoon River Poetry Review international poetry journal,1990 through 1993.


Co-editor, Druid’s Cave literary journal, Illinois State University, 1992-93.

 
Editor, Druid’s Cave literary journal, Illinois State University, 1990-91.


Editor, Druid’s Cave literary journal, Illinois State University, 1989-90.


First Reader for the 1992 national Fiction Collective Two novel competition, November 1992.


Co-editor, Farmer’s Market international literary journal, 1988-89.


Co-editor, Phizzogs literary journal’s first place issue in national competition, Sandburg College, 1986.

 

 

 

Copyediting

Copyeditor/proofreader, avant-garde/experimental novels, Fiction Collective 2, Illinois State University and University of Florida, Fall 1991-2003. Entails 8 -10 novels per year,  including the FC2 Annual Novel Competition Award winner and the Nilon Award for a  Minority Writer selection.

 
Copyeditor for Gordonville Lutheran Church 125th anniversary historical records and anthology, 2001.


Copyeditor/evaluator for “Cape Girardeau Gold,” a manuscript under consideration for publication by Southeast’s Center for Regional History, October 1999.

 
Copy-editor, "Division Psychiatry in the Viet Nam War," by Dr. Douglas Bey, 1997.


Copyeditor for Project Oz’s Drug/Alcohol/ Violence Prevention Curriculum manuscript, 1994.


Proofreader for The Poetry of Marjorie Rawlins, edited by Rodger Tarr, Professor, Illinois State University, 1994.


Proofreader for Thomas Carlyle: A Concordance by Rodger Tarr, Professor, Illinois State University, 1994.


Copyeditor, A Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, Quintessence Publications, ChicagoIL, 1993.

 
Proofreader, Conversations with John Updike, ed. James Plath, Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1993.


Proofreader for Distinguished Professor Ray Lewis White, Illinois State University, 1993-95. Major projects include the W.W. Norton critical edition of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.

 
Copyeditor/proofreader for Distinguished Professor. Frances Anderson, Illinois State  University Art Department, 1991- 1996; major projects:  Art for All the Children (textbook in undergraduate and graduate student formats), Art Therapy Abstracts, and  Courage! Together We Heal: Mural Messages from Incest Survivors.

 
Assistant to Director of Publications Unit, Illinois State University, 1991-1992.

 
Editorial assistant, Spoon River Quarterly, 1989-90.

 

Computer Experience

Teach publishing classes and interns, using PageMaker, Photoshop, Illustrator; build and maintain University Press electronic records; maintain UP and Faculty Senate websites.

 

Familiarity with Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Filemaker Pro, InDesign, OmniPage, Excel, Access, PageMaker, Microsoft  Excel, Photoshop, email, webpage composing, and  Internet.

 
Assistant to Director of Publications Unit, Illinois State University, Fall 1991 - Fall 1992.

 
Database input and design for Dalkey Archive Press, Normal, IL, Summer, 1994.

 

Committees

Member, McNair Scholarship Committee, Fall 2006-current

 

Chair, English Department Promotion and Tenure Committee, Fall 2006-current.

 

Member, University AQIP Steering Committee, December 2005 – current.

 

Chair, University Equity Issues Committee, Fall 2005 – current.

 

Member, University Native American Culture Committee, 2005-2006.

 

Chair, Faculty Senate, 2004-2005.

 

Member, University Administrative Council, 2004-2005.

 

Member, Departmental Committee for Program Review, 2004.

 

Member, Faculty Senate Compensation Committee, 2003-2005.

 

Member, Faculty Senate Membership Committee, 2003-2005.

 

Member, Athletics Department subcommittee on "Student Success in Academics and Athletics" program.

 

Chair-elect, Faculty Senate, 2003-2004.

 

Member, University Budget Review Committee, 2003, 2004.

 

Member, University Planning Committee, Southeast Missouri State University, 2003-2004, 2004-2005.

 

Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Phase II Program review, 2004.

 

Member, University Equity Issues Committee, 2004–current.

 

Member, English Department Graduate Committee, 2003–current.

 

Member, English Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2003–current.

 

Member, Faculty Senate, 2002-2005.

 

Member, English Department Merit Committee, Fall 2001–current.


Director, Writing Achievement Awards, Fall 2000-2004.


Member, English Department Website management committee, Fall 2000-current.

 
Member, Art Department Chairperson search committee, Spring 2000.

 
Member, College of Liberal Arts, CollegeCouncil, September 1999–current.


Member, University Committee on Relations with Native Americans, April 1999-current.

 
English Department search committee member for English Renaissance tenure-track position,  Southeast Missouri State University. Spring 1999.

 
Member, University Affirmative Action Committee, Southeast Missouri State University, 1998- 2000.


Chair, Portfolio Review Committee, Southeast Missouri State University. 1998-current.


English Department search committee member for British Renaissance nontenure-track position,  Southeast Missouri State University. Spring 1998.

 
Member, Women’s Studies Committee, Southeast Missouri State University. 1997-2000.

 
Chair, English Department Writing Programs Committee, Southeast Missouri State University,  1996-current.

 
Member, English Department English Education Committee, Southeast Missouri State  University, 1996-current.


English Department, Literature Committee, Southeast Missouri State University, 1996-2006.


Member, Freshman English Committee, Southeast Missouri State University. 1997 - current.

 
Board member, Thorngate Road Press, Unit for Contemporary Literature, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 1996-current.


Member, committee for the Annual North Cherokee Nation Pow Wow at Southeast  Missouri State University, 1997 and 1998.


Chair, English Department Advisory Merit-pay Task Force, Southeast Missouri State University.  1997.

 
English Department search committee member, Southeast Missouri State University. Spring  1997.

 
Bloomington-Normal Chapter of Illinois Association of Arts Education. Founding member.


University Financial Aid Advisory Board, Illinois State University. Budget member, 1993-94.

 
English Department Feminist Issues Committee, Illinois State University. Member, 1993-94.

 
Illinois State University Arts and Sciences College Curriculum Committee. Member, 1990-91.


Annual University High School Robert Brome Awards for Creative Writing. Judge, 1989-1994.


Poetry to the People performance reading group. Director/organizer, 1988-89.

 

Professional Membership

Associated Writing Programs, 1989 - current.

 

Heartland Writers Guild, Sikeston, MO, 2004 – current.

 

Honors Faculty. Southeast Missouri State University, 1997 - current.


Graduate Faculty. Southeast Missouri State University, 1997 - current.


Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, 1997 - 1999.


Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association, 1996 - 2002.

 
Barnes and Noble Writers’ Group. Cape Girardeau, MO, 1996 - 1998.


Bloomington-Normal Alliance for Arts Education committee in conjunction with the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, 1994 - 1996.


Modern Language Association, 1992 - current.


National Council of Teachers of English, 1990 -2002.


Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1990 - 1996.

 
Midwest Modern Language Association, 1991 - 1998.

 

Other Work Experience

Volunteer with ACE Animal Rescue Group, Zalma, MO. 2007 – current.

 

Marketing and development associate with Dalkey Archive Press, a literary press, Illinois State  University, Normal, IL, 1994-95.


Volunteer worker/Spanish language translator for Habitats for Humanity, McAllen, Texas, March 1994.

 
Spanish language translator for work party to Sonaguerita, Honduras, June 1990.

 
Designed and painted a wall mural, and restored a native mural in Sonaguerita, Honduras, June  1990.


Literacy Volunteers instructor, specializing in foreign students (Nicaraguan, French, and  Vietnamese), 1978-81.

 

Creative Writing Workshops with:

Rita Dove, Rodney Jones, Robin Behn, Jane Smiley, Dwight Henry, Lucia Getsi, Jim Elledge, David Ignatow, Carole Oles, Robert Creeley, Carole Maso, Carolyn Forché, Sharon Solwitz, Larry Heineman