Personal Information

        Department of English
        Louisiana State University
        147 Agricultural Admin. Bldg.
        Baton Rouge, LA 70803
        (225) 578-8374
        cmtusa@lsu.edu

Education

  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Florida, 2000 

  •      Poetry Thesis: Inventing an End, directed by S. Wade.
  • M.A., English, Southeastern Louisiana. University, 1998 

  •      Poetry Thesis: Darkness of Our Lives, directed by Jack Bedell. 
  • B.A., English, Southeastern Louisiana. University, 1996
  • Teaching Experience (click here for my Teaching Philosophy)
  • August 2000-present.  English Instructor, Louisiana State University.
  • January 2000-May 2000. English Instructor, Santa Fe Community College
  • August 1998-May 2000, Teaching Fellow, University of Florida
  • August 1997-May 1998. Teaching Fellow, Southeastern Louisiana University.
  • Courses Taught
  • ENGL 2002: Business Writing
  • ENGL 1002: Evaluative and Persuasive Forms of Discourse 
  • ENC 1101: Expository and Agumentative Writing 
  • ENC 1101L: Expository and Argumentative Writing Laboratory 
  • ENC 1102: Writing about Literature 
  • ENC 1102L: Writing about Literature Laboratory 
  • CRW 1301: Beginning Poetry Writing 
  • ENC 1200: Business Communications
  • ENGL 101: Freshman Composition 
  • Editorial Experience
  • May 1998-August 1998. Editorial Assistant for Louisiana Literature, a literary journal published by the Department of English at Southeastern Louisiana University. 
  • July 1997-May 1998. Research/Editorial Assistant for Southeastern Louisiana University's Model Teaching Excellence Initiative. 
  • July 1997-December 1997. Fiction Editor for Gambit, a literary journal published by Southeastern Louisiana University.
  • Other Writing Related Experience 
  • August 1996 - May 1998. Writing Tutor, Southeastern Louisiana University's Writing Center. 
  • December 1995 - May 1996. Writing Tutor, Southeastern Louisiana University's Student Support Services Department.
  • Relevant Graduate Coursework 
  • ENGL 516: Theory and Practice of Basic Writing
  • ENGL 646: Workshop in the Teaching of Writing
  • ENC 6906: Writing Program Administration 
  • LAE 6947:  Writing Theories and Practices 
  • ENC 6906: Evaluating and Designing WAC Programs 
  • Publications (Poetry) 

         Books
         Inventing an End (forthcoming from Lone Willow Press).

         Individual poems 

  • "The Birth of Night." Prairie Schooner. 
  • "Apparition in a Marriage Certificate." Tar River Poetry
  • "Marie Laveau Talks about Magic." Spoon River Poetry Review
  • "The Etymology of Science." Red Cedar Review
  • "Inventing an End." Red Cedar Review
  • "Apparition in a Divorce Decree." Louisville Review.
  • "Waiting to Leave." Half Tones to Jubilee
  • "The Etymology of Love." The Lullwater Review
  • "September Funeral." Half Tones to Jubilee
  • "Raymond Livaudais Talks about Faith. " The New York Quarterly.
  • "Envisioning the Marsh." Half Tones to Jubilee
  • "Worn" Midwest Poetry Review
  • "Winter Funeral." Slipstream. 
  • "Unexpected Conditions" Midwest Poetry Review
  • "Memories of Chartres Street." Crab Creek Review 13:2 (1999): 14. 
  • "My Stepfather Speaks to Me about Death." Grasslands Review 18 (1998):   54.
  • "I Cut Myself While My Husband Plants Flowers." Sundog 18:2 (1998): 61. 
  • "The Blind Man Touches My Face." Small Pond Magazine of Literature.
  • "Ode to Laundromat Dryers" Small Pond Magazine of Literature
  • "The Dancing Men at The Rainbeaux Casino Lounge."Small Pond Magazine of   Literature. 
  • "Remembering Leanne Thibodeaux." Midwest Poetry Review 20:3 (1999): 4. 
  • "An Empty Window." Comstock Review 12:1 (1998): 24. 
  • Readings
  • Goerring's Book Store, Gainesville FL, 1999.
  • Sims Memorial Library, Hammond, LA 1998.
  • Guest Reader, SLU Writer's Group, Hammond, LA 1998.
  • Guest Reader, SLU'S Writer's Group, Hammond, LA 1997.
  • Presentations / Workshops
  • Follow-up Portfolio Assessment Workshop, 2001, (LSU)
  • Introduction to Portfolio Assessment, 2001, First-Year Writing Orientation (LSU).
  • Designing Web Pages 2001, Departmental Workshop (LSU). 
  • Argumentative Essay Workshop 1998, SLU Writing Center.
  • Explicating Poetry Workshop 1998, SLU's Writing Center.
  • Committee Work
  • First Year Writing Committee, 2000-2001 (LSU) 
  • College of Agriculture Taskforce, 2001 (LSU)
  • Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate, 2001 (LSU)
  • Academic Freedom and Research, 2001 (LSU)
  • Technology Enhancement Committee, 2001 (LSU)
  • Portfolio Assessment Committee, 2000-2001 (LSU) 
  • Caffee Award Committee,  2001-2001 (LSU)
  • Honors/Awards
  • Recipient of the 2000 Alpha Lambda Delta Teaching Award for Superior Instruction of Freshman Students. 
  • Act as writing specialist for LSU's College of Agriculture.
  • Selected as Feature Guest Poet by The Albany Poetry Workshop.
  • Recipient of  Southeastern Louisiana University’s 1997 D. Vickers Award for Creative Writing.
  • Selected by Director of Writing Programs to serve as mentor in the University of Florida’s Mentor/Teaching Training Program. 
  • Recipient of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Mentor/Apprentice Teaching Fellowship.
  • Selected by Director of Writing Programs to teach in the University of  Florida’s AIM Program. 
  • Poetry accepted for presentation at the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Convention of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.
  • Professional Memberships
  • Academy of American Poets 
  • Associated Writing Programs 
  • Poets and Writers, Inc. 
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