MacCracken Fellow, New York University
NYU English Department, 244 Greene St., New York, NY 10003
Ph.D., English and American Literature, New York University, anticipated graduation 2020.
Dissertation (in progress): Thresholds: Land and Ecospheric Cosmologies in American Literature during Agricultural Mechanization, from Reconstruction to the Dust Bowl - director: Dr. Una Chaudhuri
M.F.A., Creative Writing and Environment, Iowa State University, 2013.
Thesis: Havening (researched literary nonfiction) – director: Professor David Zimmerman
B.A., English with Honors and Humanities, Christ College Scholar, Valparaiso University, 2010.
Honors Thesis: "Reconciling Nature and Culture: On an Ecopoetics of Thoreauvian Relinquishment and Whitmanesque Superfluity" – director: Dr. Martin Buinicki
Thresholds: Land and Ecospheric Cosmologies in American Literature during Agricultural Mechanization, from Reconstruction to the Dust Bowl recovers a set of marginalized American literary traditions—the agrarian, indigenous, and diasporic—in their engagements with the concepts of land and labor to complicate twentieth-century assumptions about ecological awareness and action. I argue that, in the era of climate change, imaginative answers posed by our global ecological crises should not originate solely from the perspective of the European Enlightenment’s scientific tradition, without excluding that tradition. The authors I consider wrote during or around the Progressive Era and challenged the technocratic assumptions of that time through the lens of what I call “fieldwork,” a category of labor that secures sustenance from the land. This period saw massive population shifts from country to city, lending urgency to the cause these authors felt to delineate the human relationship to the more-than-human biotic community called land. In every case I identify, engagement with the local environment shaped and was shaped by an understanding of an ecological, planetary “cosmology”—neither the local nor the global was privileged over the other: both were inseparable. By engaging authors working in the agrarian, indigenous, and diasporic modes alongside each other in this dissertation, I demonstrate how diverse human communities have found the means to challenge ecologically destructive cultural assumptions and resist imperialist exploitation of land and society in a variety of ways in the early twentieth century, engaging science while resisting technodeterminism, and I suggest a similar path for us today.
Teaching Assistant, English/Core, New York University, New York, NY, August 2016-present.
Graduate Adjunct Instructor, English, New York University, New York, NY, May-June 2018.
Director, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, MI, September 2012-August 2014.
Adjunct Professor, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, January-May 2014.
Graduate Instructor, English, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, August 2010-May 2013.
Curator, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, MI, April 2012-September 2012.
Bailey, Liberty Hyde. Marvels at our Feet: A Gardener's Companion. Ed. John Stempien and John Linstrom. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP. [Forthcoming.]
Bailey, Liberty Hyde. The Holy Earth. 1915. Authoritative centennial edition. Ed. John Linstrom. Introd. Wendell Berry. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015. Print.
"Seeking a Center for Ecopoetics." Valparaiso Poetry Review 12.2 (2011). Web.
"A Savage Mountain Man and Clever Irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The Twainian 64.2 (2008). Print.
“Church of the Epiphany.” (Poem.) Bridge Eight. Print and web. [Forthcoming.]
“Day Sleepers.” (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine 145.15 (2018). Print and web.
"Ice Sheet Archive." (Poem.) Broad River Review 50 (2018). Print.
"Sunrise, with Motherly Influence." (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine 145.12 (2018). Print and web.
"Annual Thaw." (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine 145.11 (2018). Print and web.
"Found in the City." (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine 145.11 (2018). Print and web.
"Sweet Potato Elegy." (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine 145.9 (2018). Print and web.
"Losing Track of the Conversation." (Poem.) Dunes Review 22.1 (2018). Print.
Three poems. ("Soot of a Young Star," "Retting," and "Little Deaths.") Narrative Northeast, "Eco Issue" 5 (2018). Web.
"What was Precious." (Poem.) Valparaiso Poetry Review 19.1 (2018). Web.
"On the President's Announcement of our Hashtag." (Poem.) This Week in Poetry 9 November 2015. Web.
"Fuckaroo!" (Narrative essay.) Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. Ed. Lance Sacknoff, Xavier Cavazos, and Stefanie Brook Trout. North Liberty, IA: Ice Cube Press, 2014. Print.
"Out of State." (Poem.) Valparaiso Poetry Review 14.2 (2013). Web.
"Daedalus, Give Me the Farthest Distance between Two Points." (Poem.) The Reed Spring 2009. Print.
"Bodies, Zombies, Grave Dirt and a Divine Goat: Vital Ontology and Cosmopolitical Potential in Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse" [in progress].
"'I break not with the past': Reconciling The New England Primer with Progressive-Era (Pre)Science in L. H. Bailey's Outlook" [in progress].
Havening, a research-based creative nonfiction exploration of the life and work of L. H. Bailey and the small hometown of South Haven, Michigan that he and I shared 150 years apart [in progress].
Inaugural Bailiwick Writer in Residence, AgArts Farm-to-Artist Residency Program, July-August 2018.
Creative Nonfiction Participant, Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference, Middlebury Coll., June 2017.
Poetry Contributor, Sewanee Writers' Conference, The U. of the South, July 2015.
MacCracken Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate Program in Arts and Science, New York U., August 2014-May 2019.
Bailey Foundation Fellowship, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, August 2014-August 2015.
Richard R. Wright Award for best expository essay in rhetoric/composition, English Department, Iowa State U., two-time winner: April 2012 and April 2013.
Critical Writing Award for best graduate student critical essay, English Department, Iowa State U., April 2012.
Christ College (Interdisciplinary Honors College) Scholar, Christ College, Valparaiso U., May 2010.
Induction into Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society, April 2010.
English Honors Project, “Thoreauvian Relinquishment and Whitmanesque Superfluity: Towards an Ecocritical Reconciliation,” English Department, Valparaiso U., April 2010.
Donnelley Prize for best essay on humankind’s relationship with the environment (first two-time winner), Christ College, Valparaiso U., April 2009 and April 2010.
Margot Ann Uehling Prize for Writing for best nonfiction essay, Honorable Mention, English Department, Valparaiso U., April 2010.
Induction into Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, April 2009.
Board of Directors Award for best presentation in the Humanities category at the VU Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship, Valparaiso U., April 2009.
Endorsement of Christ College for summer independent field study, “Seeking the Sublime on Walden Pond and Lake Michigan,” funded by The Donnelley Prize, Valparaiso U., April 2009.
Prahl Scholarship, English Department, Valparaiso U., April 2009.
Lumina Award (magna cum laude standing or higher), College of Arts and Sciences, Valparaiso U., April 2009.
Christ College (Interdisciplinary Honors College) Honors Thesis, “Towards a Frugal Land Ethic in American Federal Lands Management,” Valparaiso U., June 2008.
Induction into Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, April 2008.
Induction into National Residence Hall Honorary, April 2008.
Induction into Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students, April 2007.
Lutheran Leader Intern Scholarship, Valparaiso U., August 2006-May 2010.
"Bodies, Zombies, and Grave Dirt: Vital Ontology and Cosmopolitical Potential in Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse," Left Forum 2018, New York, New York, June 1-3, 2018.
"Ecospherism on the Land: Fieldwork, Ignorance, and Ecological Creativity," special panel on "Ecosphere Studies: Recovering Our Membership in 'Earth Alive!,'" Twelfth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), Detroit, Michigan, June 20-24, 2017.
"'Rural Civilization' and 'The New Hold': Village, Country, and the Rural Vision in L. H. Bailey's The Holy Earth," special panel on "Liberty Hyde Bailey and The Holy Earth: One Century In," The Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, Briarcliff Manor, New York, June 23-25, 2016.
"The Holy Earth and Ecocriticism's 'Third Wave': Bridging the Dualism between Relinquishment and Superfluity," special panel on "100 Years of Liberty Hyde Bailey's The Holy Earth," Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) / Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) Annual Meeting and Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 24-28, 2015.
“Gothic Transformations and Nature’s Perspective in L. H. Bailey’s The Seven Stars,” Natures 2013 Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference, Riverside, California, February 15, 2013.
“From the Lakeshore,” National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Missoula, Montana, April 15-17, 2010.
“The Morals of Motion in As I Lay Dying,” Sigma Tau Delta National Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 25-28, 2009.
“A Savage Mountain Man and Clever Irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” National Conference on Undergraduate Research, La Crosse, Wisconsin, April 16-18, 2009.
Invited Lecture, "The Holy Earth: A Genesis and a Renaissance," special panel on "100th Anniversary Edition of Liberty Hyde Bailey's The Holy Earth," Cornell University "Chats in the Stacks Book Talk," Ithaca, New York, April 19, 2016.
Invited Lecture, "'The New Rural Civilization,' Bailey's Vision, and What it Means for Us," Curator's Talk for the exhibition opening of "The Holy Earth Centennial: Bailey's Vision at 100," Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, July 19, 2015.
"New Discoveries about L. H. Bailey and Why they may Alter his Legacy: Masonry, Race, Family and Fiction," Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Summer Lecture Series, South Haven, Michigan, August 31, 2013.
"The Plants He Loved are Living: A Walking Tour," Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Summer Lecture Series, South Haven, Michigan, August 2, 2013.
"The Liberty Hyde Bailey Interpretive Garden Path and the Sustainability Movement," Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Summer Lecture Series, South Haven, Michigan, 2011.
Invited Lecture, "Reawakening to an Everyday Sublime on Walden Pond and Lake Michigan," Christ College "Word and Image" Plenary, Valparaiso, Indiana, 2010.
"A Savage Mountain Man and Clever Irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Valparaiso University Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Valparaiso, Indiana, April 14, 2009.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
CORE-UA 400: Texts and Ideas: Arts and Publics (Teaching Assistant to Bill Blake)
CORE-UA 400: Texts and Ideas: The System (Teaching Assistant to Clifford Siskin)
ENGL-UA 220: British Literature II (Teaching Assistant to Peter Nicholls and Paula McDowell)
ENGL-UA 230: American Literature I (Teaching Assistant to Jennifer Baker)
ENGL-UA 675: Literature and the Environment
LS 608: Graduate Writing and Research
Graduate Writing Center Tutor
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
ENGL 150: Critical Thinking and Communication
ENGL 207: Introduction to Creative Writing (Teaching Assistant to Debra Marquart)
ENGL 250: Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition; Place-Based Composition
Coordinator, Farm to Text (Graduate Working Group), Fall 2015-Spring 2017.
PhD Representative, Graduate English Organization, Summer 2015-Spring 2016.
Member, Committee on Events and Public Programs, Summer 2015-Spring 2016.
Member, Everett Casey Nature Center and Reserve Stewardship Committee, Fall 2010-Spring 2013.
Member, Hiring Committee, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Fall 2012.
Contest Judge, inaugural Artivism (Art + Activism) Contest, The Lighter 64.2 (2018).
Co-Instructor, “Creative Nonfiction Writing,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Iowa State University, March 2013-April 2013.
Nonfiction Editor, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Iowa State University, August 2010-May 2012.
Intern, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, May 2011-August 2011.
Editor, the Lighter, Valparaiso University, August 2009-June 2010.
Assistant Editor, The Cresset: A review of literature, the arts, and public affairs, Valparaiso University, January 2009-June 2010.
Academy of American Poets
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Mortar Board, national academic honor society
Phi Beta Kappa, national academic honor society
Sigma Tau Delta, international English honor society