Writer, Performer & Teacher


5041 N Damen AVE


Chicago, IL 60625


Tel: (773) 540-1275






Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL


M.F.A., Creative Writing, 2014


Thesis: A Manual For Nothing, Fiction


Advisors: Christian TeBordo, Regina Buccola


North Park University, Chicago, IL


B.A., English, Creative Writing Emphasis, 2011


Bachelor’s thesis: A Shell Between My Breasts, Poetry


Advisor: Kristy Odelius




Book: A Manual For Nothing, forthcoming via Noemi Press, April 1st, 2017


Finalist, 2015 Noemi Book Award For Fiction


Finalist, Mainline, February 2015


 Semifinalist, 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize




 Graduate Assistant, Roosevelt University, Creative Writing Department, August 2012-May 2013

-Assisted interim MFA Department Chair Peggy Shiner. Duties included maintaining department’s social media presence, co-coordinating readings and faculty hiring events, and writing and distributing monthly newsletter.


Magazine Production Intern, Roosevelt University, Creative Writing Department, August 2012—May 2013

-Served as poetry editor for Oyez Review, the literary magazine of the Creative Writing Program at Roosevelt University. Duties included archiving and evaluating submissions from writers across the nation, communicating with the writers, and organizing issue release readings at Roosevelt and throughout Chicago.


Ensemble Member, The Neo-Futurists Theatre Company, Chicago, IL, November 2006—Present

-Writer/Performer/Director of over 300 original 2-minute plays for the late-night smash, Too Much Light Makes the Baby go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes, as well as several full length productions in the theatre’s prime time programming. Toured across the country to various theatres and universities performing TML… and teaching workshops. Outreach included co-development of the Annual Neo-Futurist Pride Show, raising a total of $20,000 for local non-profit LGBTQ organizations such as: The Broadway Youth Center, ACLU Youth at Risk Project and About Face Theatre Youth Project.   




Writing Solo With Megan and Jess,

12 week writing workshop co-taught with Megan Mercier, Neo-Futurists, 2011

-Helped students with a flair for Non-Fiction and an interest in storytelling develop a strong monologue voice through in-class free writing, take-home assignments, critique, and revision.


Introduction to Too Much Light…,

12 week playwriting workshop co-taught with Kristie Koehler, Neo-Futurists, 2009

-Designed to help empower students of all ages to think creatively about their life. Students develop their play writing skills through weekly take-home assignments, in-class proposals, and formal critique. The class culminates in a fully mounted student production of Too Much Light… 


Art of Abstraction, 7 hour intensive co-taught with Caitlin Stainkin, Neo-Futurists, 2011 (Individual workshop on devised theatre)


Neo-Futurists Master Class, 5 hour intensive co-taught with Kurt Chiang, National High School Institute at Northwestern University, 2008—2014

(Individual workshop on the Neo-Futurist aesthetic) 


Breaking Ice and Ranting in the Second Person, guest teacher in Jay Torrence’s playwriting class, Lake Forest College, 2015 (Individual workshop

on developing voice)  



Analog (co-writer and performer), The Neo-Futurists, March 2012

The Miss Neo Pageant (co-writer and performer), The Neo-Futurists, May 2012

Mike Mother (creator, writer), The Neo-Futurists, May, 2016

The Open Door Reading Series, Poetry Foundation, October 2015

Mothering, fictional presentation on the history of childbirth, Meekling Press, November 2015

Paper Machete, (writer and performer), Green Mill, on-going

Write Club, (writer and performer), The Hide Out, on-going