Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

MFA (poetry and fiction), Spalding University

English Major/Art Minor course work, Madonna University

BS, Central Michigan University

WORK EXPERIENCE

Tecumseh Herald Publishing, Reporter: feature, column and hard news writing, editing, photography, videography, page design, web content, research, interviewing, magazine content.

Writing Consultants Network, partner: content specialist, workshops, manuscript review.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Adrian College, adjunct English professor: classroom instruction, lecturer, course development, fostered student-centered learning environment, individualized instruction.

Baker College, adjunct English instructor: classroom instruction, curriculum development, lecturer, assignment development, student-centered learning, writing center tutoring.

Classes Taught: Composition I and II, Oral Communications, Language and Culture, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Creative Writing

Community Arts of Tecumseh, creative writing faculty: design various workshops for all levels in all genres of creative writing. Courses have included, fiction writing workshop, general creative writing and found poetry/altered books.

PUBLICATION

Poems:

“Free,” Paterson Literary Review, 2012.

“The Art of Capturing a Waterfall on Film,” The Driftwood, 2011.

“A Day at the Chemo Spa,” Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems, forthcoming 2011.

“Mother Tongue,” “Photo on a Cellar Wall” and “Two Dimension,” Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings with a Sicilian Accent, 2010.

“Keeping up Appearances,” Human Voices: Anthology of Kentuckiana Metroversity Writing Contest Winners, 2009

“Sunday,” Public-Republic International, 2009 (reprinted with permission at Salamander Cove)

“Photo on a Cellar Wall” and “Sewing Pins and Salamanders,” Writers Reading at Sweetwaters Anthology, 2007

“Funny Face” and “Limbs Cast in Gold,” Mamazine.com 2006

“First Light” and “Birth of a Child,” Hip Mama Magazine, 2001

Fiction:

“Gaudi’s Eyes,” Bear River Review, 2003

Essays:

“Power of Pebbles,” Cup of Comfort for a Better World Anthology, 2010

“Bending the Limbs: Family Reinvented in Renee Manfredi’s Above the Thunder,” Human Voices: Anthology of Kentuckiana Metroversity Writing Contest Winners, 2008

Magazine Articles:

“From cheese to chocolate to coffee, Aylwards expand into food production” Adrian Daily Telegram, 2012

“Lesson from a leap of faith” Adrian Daily Telegram, 2012

“I left the church when I was 17. What brought me back?” Faith Magazine, 2009

“Michigan becomes inspiration for handbag designer with Adrian tie” Simply Hers Magazine, Nov/Dec 2010

Homefront Magazine, regular contributor since 2004

AWARDS

Rylan Harris Scholarship for the Midwest Writer’s Workshop 2012

Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2010, third place, local column

Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2009, second place, local column

Kentuckiana Metroversity Writing Contest 2009, second place, poetry

Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2008, third place, local column

Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2008, third place, spot news story

Kentuckiana Metroversity Writing Contest 2008, second place, academic writing

Metro Detroit Writers Member Contest 2008, honorable mention, fiction

National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest 2008, second place, column writing

National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest 2005, first place, column writing

Chelsea Poetry Contest, Chelsea, Michigan, 2004, honorable mention

Chelsea Poetry Contest, Chelsea, Michigan, 2003, first place

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

Midwest Writer’s Workshop 2012

Ann Arbor Book Festival Writer’s Conference 2012

Bear River Writers Conference, 2002, 2004, 2005; scholarship recipient

Detroit Working Writers Conference, multiple years

VOLUNTEER WORK

Successful Kids, Involved People, reading mentor, Britton School

Payback for Education, job shadow leader, Communities in Schools of the Tecumseh Area

Tecumseh Poetry Slam, organizer and judge

Tecumseh Rotary Club, past member and past president

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