University of Utah: Salt Lake City, Ph.D. English/Creative Writing 2000
University of California, Davis: M.A. English/Creative Writing 1993
Beloit College: Beloit, WI. B.A. English Composition, 1985


Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Assistant Teaching Professor, 2017-

  • Technical Writing

St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Distinguished Writer in Residence, MFA Program, 2001-2002

  • Craft of Fiction (The Short Story)
  • Special Topics in Fiction (The Lyric Novel)

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Business Writing
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Fiction Writing

University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

  • Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • 19th & 20th Century British Literature
  • 19th & 20th Century American Literature

Academic Conferences

  • Western Literature Association, 2016. Presented “Garden in the Wild.”

Writers Conferences and Events

  • Great Basin Book Festival: Reno, NV. September 2001. Panel discussion, reading
  • Writers in the Sky: Telluride CO. October 2001. Panel discussion, reading
  • Friends of the Library: Park City, UT, April 2001. Featured speaker at annual benefactors luncheon.
  • Westbound Festival: Park City UT. September 2000. Featured reader.
  • Great Salt Lake Book Festival, Salt Lake City, UT, 2000. Featured reader.
  • Friends of the Library: Livermore, CA, July, 2000. Featured reader.
  • Art of the Wild Writers Conference: Assistant Coordinator. (Academic years 1991-92, 92-93.) Read manuscripts, entered and tracked applications, ran bookstore at the conference, general troubleshooting.
  • Writers at Work: 1993, 1994, 1995. Read manuscripts for fiction and nonfiction awards.

Fellowships and Awards

  • Art of the Wild Writers Conference: Residency award, 1994, 1995, 1996.
  • Writers at Work: Residency award, 1993, 1994, 1995.
  • White-Howells Prize for Prose: Associated Colleges of the Midwest. 1985.