MFA in Creative Nonfiction. University of Pittsburgh.  

MA in Folklore. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

BA in English with a concentration in creative writing. Bryn Mawr College.  


Desert Academy. Instructor & Faculty Advisor for Oasis Literary Magazine. August 2019- May 2020.

Central New Mexico Community College. Instructor. January 2019–August 2019. 

Young Writers Institute. Instructor. Summer 2017 & 2018 & 2019. 

University of Pittsburgh. Instructor. August 2014-June 2018. 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Teaching Assistant. August 2012–May 2014.

New River Middle School. Math Teacher. August 2011–June 2012.

Deerfield Beach Middle School. Math Teacher. August 2010–June 2011. 



“He buried a treasure in the mountains, and someone found it. Or did they?” in The Guardian. September 16, 2020.

“Trafficking in Teachers” in Oxford American Magazine. August 2020 issue.

“The Good Fight” in Oprah Magazine. January 2020 issue. 

“A Game to Change Your Mind” in Postindustrial Magazine. May 2019 issue. 

“Sister, Can You Spare a Kidney?”in Oprah Magazine. November 2018 issue. 

“Living Organ Donations Save Lives. Why Are They So Rare in America?” in Washington Monthly. September 5, 2018. 

“Death for Drug Dealers, or Hope for Addicted People?” in Medium. April 9, 2018

“Treating Migraines: How Women Are Harmed by Gendered Medical Language” in Catapult. February 6, 2018

“Does Being Clean Require Abstinence?” in Medium. January 22, 2018. 

“Pregnant and Addicted: Overcoming Stigma to Find Treatment” in Medium. December 4, 2017. 

“A New Hope for Male Fertility After Cancer Treatment”in The Atlantic. October 13, 2017. 

“What Is It Like to Regain a Sense of Touch, Only to Lose It Again?”in The Atlantic. April 10, 2017. 

“The Many Lives of Pittsburgh’s Saints Peter and Paul Church” in The Wilson Quarterly. Summer 2016. 

“The Last Italian in Larimer” in Belt. February 2, 2016. 


“Getting Away from Getting Away from It All” in Creative Nonfiction. Fall 2017. 

“Sorting Through a Hoarder’s Lifetime of Clutter, We Learned the Meaning of Love” in Narratively. March 21, 2017. 

“Living with my ex and her girlfriend made us want to be roommates for life” in The Washington Post October 25, 2016. 

“Least Favored Animals: On Confronting Death, in the Road and Elsewhere” in The Paris Review. September 21, 2016. 

“Souvenirs and Memory: The Meaning of Lost Family Photos” in The Wilson Quarterly. Spring 2016. 

“My Dad Is a 60-Year-Old Undergrad” in VICE. March 3,2016. 

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” in The Pittsburgh Anthology. September 1, 2015.

“Mason Jar” in Southern Things. Spring 2013. 

Searchlight New Mexico:

“Busted.” July 2020.

“When History Deals a Bad Hand.” June 2020. 

“Designated Hot Spot.” April 2020.

“When No Place is Home.” April 2020. 

“Taking it to the Streets.” March 2020.


“Keeping Yourself in Check: An Interview with Amos Barshad” in Hot Metal Bridge. Spring 2015. 

Folklore Master’s Thesis

The Old Widow: What Do You Take if the House is on Fire


Economic Hardship Reporting Project grant. 2020

Research Fellowship. University of Pittsburgh. August 2017–April 2018. 

Art Farm Residency. Marquette, Nebraska. June, 2017. 

Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award. April, 2017. 

Summer Research Grant from The University of Pittsburgh. June, 2016. 

Graduate tuition waiver, stipend, benefits, and teaching assistantship, University of Pittsburgh. August 2014–April 2017. 

Research Grant from the Center for the Study of the American South. Summer, 2013. 

Daniel L. Patterson Fellowship for Summer Research. Summer, 2013. 

North Carolina Documentary Photography Award. 2013. 

Graduate tuition waiver, stipend, benefits, and assistantship. University of North Carolina. August 2012–May 2014. 


Excerpt from Pitiful Pearl: The Peculiar Longevity of Things Not So Bad, “Funny Ladies: A Much-Needed Night of Laughter” at City Books, Pittsburgh, October 21, 2017.

“Least Favored Animals: On Confronting Death, in the Road and Elsewhere,” In Brackets radio show and podcast. March, 2017.

“Least Favored Animals: On Confronting Death, in the Road and Elsewhere,” White Whale Books, Pittsburgh. November 16, 2016. 

From “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” Faculty and Graduate Reading Series, University of Pittsburgh, September 17, 2014. 


“Melissa Difatta Undergraduate Writing Award.” Contest judge at the University of Pittsburgh. Spring 2019.

“First Year Teaching.” Panel at the University of Pittsburgh. August 2017.  

“Dispossessed/Repossessed: Redefining Territory Through Vandalism.” Presentation at the University of North  Carolina Library. Fall 2013. 

“Ethnographic Fieldwork and Reporting.” Lecture at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. September 2013.

“A Life in Objects: Widowhood and the Exploration of Identity through Possessions.” Panel at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting. October 2013. 

“Widowhood and Livelihood.” Panel chair at American Folklore Society Annual Meeting. October 2013. 

 “How We See/Remember Ourselves: Social Networking and Self-Representation.” Lecture at the University of Chapel Hill. 2012, 2013. 


Desert Academy

Courses Taught:

Earth Science

New Mexico History


World History

Central New Mexico Community College

Courses Taught

ENGL 1110—College Writing. Spring & Summer 2019.

University of Pittsburgh

Courses Taught:  

ENGWRT 0610—Introduction to Nonfiction and Journalism. Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017. 

ENGCMP 0200—Seminar in Composition: Walking as Method. Fall 2015, Spring    2016.  

ENGCMP 0400—Written Professional Communication. Summer 2015 & Summer 2018. 

ENGCMP 0200—Seminar in Composition: Let’s Talk About Taste. Fall 2014, Spring 2015. 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Courses Taught:

AMST 466—You Are Where You Live: The American House in Critical Perspective. Spring 2014.

AMST 284—Visual Culture. Fall 2012, Fall 2013.

AMST 211—Approaches to Southern Studies: The Literary and Cultural Worlds of the American South . Spring 2013.

Young Writers Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

Workshops Taught:

What Story Can You Tell from a Photograph?

Meaning Making: Found Object Art & Writing 

Scene Writing Part I & Part II

Constructing an “I” on the Page 

Structure: How is a Story Stitched Together? 


Personal Essay 

Verb Tense 


Contributing writer at Searchlight New Mexico. April 2020-August 2020.

Editorial assistant, reader, and contributor to Women We Read This Week at Vela Magazine. July 2015–December 2016. August 2014-June 2015.

Founder and editor at Vanishing Point Magazine, Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. Spring 2014.


Folklore Colloquium Series Organizer,Department of American Studies, UNC. August 2012–December 2013.


Associated Writers and Writing Programs

American Folklore Society

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