I grew-up in Oklahoma and completed my B.A. in English and Theater at Oklahoma State University. Since leaving, I have lived in various places, including four years in a dry cabin in Fairbanks, Alaska, where I completed my M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Fiction. I am currently a Lecturer in English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where I teach Rhetoric.

My primary focus is as a writer of short fiction, though I also work in poetry, nonfiction, and experimental forms. My critical work focuses on second person narratives, and I use a variety of critical frameworks to engage this oft-maligned perspective, primarily Feminist and Feminist/Rhetorical. My current work also incorporates Social Psychology, discussing the use of second person narratives as a means of grappling with gender empathy gaps.