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I earned my PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois, and I currently teach literature and writing as an Assistant Professor of English at College of the Canyons. As a scholar, my research focuses on LGBT history and literature in the modernist period. I am particularly interested in global networks of queer cultures and how individuals, ideas, and art forms traveled between these cultures and influenced how we conceptualize sexuality and identity.
Since 2017, I have served as the Managing Editor of As It Ought To Be Magazine, an online magazine that publishes commentary, criticism, and poetry. We are always looking for new contributors to our site. You can learn more about what we publish on our submissions page.
My first book of poetry, Sentinel Species, came out in 2020 through Stubborn Mule Press.
My poetry has appeared in San Pedro River Review, Hot Metal Bridge, New Mexico Review, Saw Palm, Waccamaw, Mayday Magazine, and Trailer Park Quarterly among other publications.
As a scholar, I have done extensive research on queer expatriate authors like Robert McAlmon, Paul Bowles, and Fritz Peters whose modernist depictions of LGBT identity were inspired by international influences. My scholarship on queer modernism has appeared in an article on Gale Wilhelm published in College Literature , a book chapter in Existentialist Thought in African American Literature Before 1940 on Nella Larsen, and a book chapter in Paris in American Literatures on Robert McAlmon and his queer expatriate circle.
Other articles I have written on World Literature include a book chapter on orientalism and gender in Kurban Said’s Ali und Nino and a book chapter in German Women Writers and the Spatial Turn on gender and spatial theory in Yoko Tawada’s Uberseezungen.
I have also written articles for online publications on LGBT literature, including pieces on Jean Cocteau, Adrienne Rich, and Mae West for As It Ought To Be , and pieces on poets Robert Duncan and John O’Hara for Modern American Poetry.
I especially love to read and review new works of LGBT scholarship. My reviews have appeared in The Lambda Literary Review, Western American Literature, and Dissertation Reviews.