My poetry is influenced by documentary and archival practices, media theory, and ideas of historical narrativization. I consider my work to be deeply intertextual in nature. Contemporary poets such as Susan Howe, Laura Mullen, Lisa Robertson, and Caryl Pagel have had significant impact on my work, as has more traditional work by Theodore Roethke and Rainer Maria Rilke.
I hold an MFA in poetry from the University of Notre Dame, where I studied with Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Goransson. Goransson directed my thesis, a book-length manuscript titled Huckleberry Queen. That project used multiple voices/modes and resurrection motifs to complicate existing narratives about a legendary 19th-century woman infamous in my northern Indiana hometown. My second manuscript, DREDGE, also uses multiple modes as a way to explore the ecologically-catastrophic dredging of the Kankakee Valley marsh in the 1890s and early 1900s.
My first chapbook, Rhabdomantics, is forthcoming from Adjunct Press.
Some of my poetry is available online:
At Similar Peaks: “small openings” & “origin story”
At Deluge: “Mind the Prediction” & “Advertisement”
At spork: “rhabdomancy” & “we are in the business of doing”