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Columbia University

Ph.D. in English and comparative literature. Expected May 2020.
M.Phil. in English and comparative literature. May 2017.
M.A. in English and comparative literature. May 2015.

Fordham University, Fordham College at Lincoln Center

Bachelor of Arts in English and American studies, concentration in creative writing. May 2011.
Honors program; GPA 3.878

Publications & Presentations


“On Outcast Women, Dog Love, and Abjection Between Species”; Animaladies, edited by Fiona Probyn-Rapsey and Lori Gruen, forthcoming from Bloomsbury.

Reference essay on My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Taylor, in Disability Experiences, edited by Suzannah Mintz and Tom Couser, forthcoming from Gale.

“Creatural Frictions: The Trouble with Becoming-Animal”; review of Creatural Fictions: Human-Animal Relationships in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature, ed. David Herman; forthcoming in Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies.

“Rebecca Sanchez’s Deafening Modernism: Doing Disability Studies Beyond—But Not Against—Identity”; The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, November 2017.

“Writing Disability”; panel hosted by Fordham University’s Seminar on Disability Research Across Disciplines, November 2017.

“’They Open Their Mouths to Word Me’: Dog Love and Abjection in Alice Notley’s Culture of One”; paper presented at Modern and Contemporary Studies Summer Institute, Pennsylvania State University, June 2017.

“Pedagogies of Dissent: Desire, Consumption, and Consumerism in the Neoliberal University”; roundtable hosted by the Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism, April 2017.

“Spectacles of Dependency: Human-Animal Enfreakment in the Artwork of Sunaura Taylor”; paper presented at Living with Animals conference, Eastern Kentucky University, March 2017.

“H.D. On War: Paper Bullets, Silkworms, and Palimpsests”; guest lecture, presented in Columbia University course “Modernism and Media,” March 2016.

“Writing Diabetes: Autobiography as a Method of Making Private Bodies Public”; undergraduate honors thesis, defended April 2011.

Creative (Selected)

Compassion Fountain, Hyacinth Girl Press, 2018 (poetry chapbook).

Sugarblood, Metatron Press, 2017 (full-length poetry collection).

piß,” Peach Mag, June 2018. Longlisted for Peach Gold Prize.

“ethics of rude” and “unowing,” NOÖ Journal, May 2018.

1 poem from “compassion fountain,” Witch Craft, March 2018.

Excerpts from Sugarblood, Sundress Publications’ Best Dressed series, February 2018.

7 poems from “compassion fountain,” The Wanderer, November 2017.

5 poems from “compassion fountain,” Dream Pop Press, July 2017. “V” nominated for a Pushcart Prize.”

ON BEING MILK,” Cosmonauts Avenue, May 2017. Longlisted for Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize.

I’M ONLY NOT EMBARRASSED WHEN I’M WAKING UP,” The Atlas Review, December 2016.

“feeling out the limits,” Gigantic Sequins, Summer 2016.

a plum with a worm in it,” Voicemail Poems, July 2015.

no small things,” “i have it / i heave it,” “nwts,” Blackmail Reader, Summer 2015.

do you feel at home here,” Shabby Doll House, December 2014.

Reviews and Interviews

The Cochlear Implant at the End of the World,” The New Inquiry, August 2018.

My Book of Men: On the Poetry of Survival,” review of Indictus by Natalie Eilbert and I’m So Fine by Khadijah Queen, Lit Hub, July 2018.

Toward a New Anti-Pastoral,” review of Forest Primeval by Vievee Francis, Boston Review, October 2017.

Liz Bowen in Conversation with Vi Khi NaoEntropy, October 2017.

Microreview of Watchful by Molly Bendall, Boston Review, February 2017.

Awards and Honors

— Finalist, Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest, judged by Simone White
— Finalist, Rita Dove Poetry Prize (International Literary Awards) for poem “No Heroes,” 2018.
— Longlist, Peach Gold Prize, for poem “Piß,” 2018.
— Finalist, Hyacinth Girl Press Chapbook Contest, for compassion fountain, 2017.
— Teaching Scholars Fellowship, Columbia University, 2017.
— Longlist, Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, judged by Eileen Myles, 2017.
— Finalist, Metatron Prize, for Sugarblood, 2016.
— Bunner Prize for best essay on American literature, Columbia University, 2015.
— Finalist, Atlas Review Chapbook Competition, for Sugarblood, 2015.
— Marjorie Hope Nicolson Fellowship, Columbia University, 2014.
— Graduated summa cum laude, in cursu honorum, Fordham University, 2011.
— Departmental honors in English, Fordham University, 2011.
— Phi Beta Kappa, 2011.
— Senior Leadership Award for Journalism, Fordham University, 2011.
— Finalist (top 20 of 1,400) in New York Times Modern Love Essay Contest, 2011.
— During my tenure as editor-in-chief, the Fordham Observer won first place in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, 2011.
— Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Poetry Prize, Fordham University; received award two consecutive years, 2010 and 2011.
— Fordham Observer won the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter Newspaper Convention’s Best of Show contest for a nonweekly four-year university newspaper, 2010.
— Dean’s List, Fordham University, 2007-2011.
— National Merit Scholarship, 2007-2011.
— Full-tuition merit scholarship, Fordham University, 2007-2011.

Work and Leadership Experience

Teaching Scholar—Columbia University, Fall 2017-Spring 2018.
— Instructor of self-designed seminar “Animal Modernisms”

Teaching Fellow—Columbia University, Fall 2015-present.
— Teach freshman writing composition course, “University Writing: Contemporary Essays.”
Provide written feedback on drafts and final papers.
Lecture and lead discussions on scholarly texts and writing craft.
Provide one-on-one conference workshops for students’ drafts.

Guest Instructor— “Bad Form: Poetry and Dissent,” New Women Space, February 2018.
— Leader of poetry workshop on the relationship between disobedience and form.

Rapporteur—Columbia University Seminar on Disability, Culture, and Society, Fall 2015-present.
Organize, promote, and take minutes at monthly guest lectures.
Work with university administration to arrange accommodations for attendees with disabilities.
Work with University Seminars office to maintain up-to-date member roster and archive.

Poetry Reader—Anomalous Press, Fall 2017-present
— Read and evaluate submissions to the literary magazine Anomaly.
— Solicit submissions from established and emerging poets.

Project Assistant—Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Project; Columbia University, Spring 2016-Spring 2017.
Organized and promoted monthly guest lectures and working group meetings.
Worked with Center for the Study of Social Difference to coordinate speakers’ travel arrangements and reimbursements.
Managed graduate fellows’ Google Group, and distributed materials and delegated responsibilities to fellows for each event.
Maintained bibliography of scholarship on precision medicine and the humanities.

Graduate Assistant—Keywords/Key Questions for Disability Studies Symposium; Columbia University, October 2015.
Organized and promoted two-day conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the release of Keywords for Disability Studies (ed. Rachel Adams, Benjamin Reiss, and David Serlin).
Coordinated speakers’ travel and reimbursements.
Managed speakers’ presentation materials and arranged filming and A/V support for the event.
Worked with university administration to arrange accommodations for attendees with disabilities.
Wrote event recap for the Center for the Study of Social Difference’s blog.

Senior Editor—Law360, May 2012 to July 2014.
Edited 10-15 legal news stories per day, with a focus on in-depth analysis and breaking news.
Primarily structural editing, but also included line and copy edits.
Worked closely with reporters to improve the structure and argument of their analysis.
Reviewed headlines and lead paragraphs to make sure they were clear, eye-catching and of interest to our readership.
Reviewed other editors’ work for missed errors or areas in need of improvement.
Trained new reporters on news-writing conventions and house style.

Editor—Law360, June 2011 to May 2012
Edited 16-20 legal news stories per day for AP style and accuracy, with subject matter including corporate, environmental, employment, consumer protection and intellectual property law.
Proofread headlines and lead paragraphs.

Freelance Copy Editor/Proofreader—Skyhorse Publishing, March 2012 to March 2013
Edited manuscripts for style, spelling, grammar and accuracy based on Chicago and house styles.

Editor-in-Chief—The Fordham Observer; 2010 to 2011
Oversaw all aspects of the newspaper’s content and production process, including budget.
Administered journalism workshop classes and editorial board meetings.
— Conducted investigative reporting on hard news stories; wrote staff editorials.
Advised section editors on content, style and reporter management.


Copy Editing (AP and Chicago styles)
Mac and Windows proficient
Knowledge of Microsoft Office
Knowledge of PACER, LexisNexis
Experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop

Fields and Disciplines

20th/21st century American literature
Disability studies
Human-animal studies
Posthumanist theory
Gender and queer theory


French—Proficient reading and speaking
German—Proficient reading
Spanish—Basic speaking