I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I spent much of my childhood. After graduating from Brother Martin High School, I decided to attend Southeastern Louisiana University, where I eventually completed a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in English.
While at Southeastern, I taught two sections of English Composition as part of Southeastern Louisiana University's Mentor Teaching Fellowship. Aside from teaching, I also acted as Editorial Assistant for Louisiana Literature, Fiction Editor for Gambit, and as Research Assistant for Southeastern Louisiana University's Model Teaching Excellence Initiative, where I worked extensively with Jeffrey Wiemelt to establish and design Southeastern Louisiana University's Online Writing Center.
During this time, I also served as a writing tutor at SLUís Writing Center, where I conducted orientations, workshops, and hourly writing tutorials with students in Composition, Technical Writing, American Literature, World Literature, British Literature, Developmental English, and ESL. Incidentally, while working on my master's degree, I also met Pam (my wife).
After completing my bachelor's degree and my master's degree, I decided to attend the University of Florida to pursue an M.F.A. in poetry. While I was there, I taught Creative Writing, Argumentative Writing, Writing About Literature, and various writing laboratories. In the Fall of 1999, I was selected to participate in the University of Florida's Mentor/Teaching Training Program, where I acted as mentor for an incoming graduate student. While at UF, I spent most of my free time studying various contemporary poets while also writing and revising poems to be included in my first book of poetry, Inventing an End. During this time I had the privilege of studying with such notable poets as William Logan, Debora Greger, and Sidney Wade.
After completing my M.F.A., I accepted a position here at LSU. Since I've been here, I have spent my time teaching Composition, Poetry, and Business Writing, serving as a writing consultant for the College of Agriculture, and acting as a freelance editor for the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. I also recently started a web design company, Hurricom Interactive, which takes up much of my spare time. As for my wife, she spent the first few years in Baton Rouge working as an R.N at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital before deciding to accept a position at Ochsner Clinic in the Gastroenterology Department.