I write and teach courses on American literature from 1880 to the present. My dissertation in progress engages the art and material cultures of US company towns, with a focus on dynamic contemporary works that animate ecologies of corporate power and recollect lively traditions of dissent. Other interests include global environmental justice, genre fiction (noir, gothic), climate and migration, nature writing, immigrant, ethnic, and proletarian art, and the relationship between toxicity, whiteness, and literary form.
My creative work in prose and photography takes inspiration from my personal and familial experiences in the former coal camps and steel towns of Western Pennsylvania, where close relatives now navigate the impacts of hydrofracking.
My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Georgia Review, Modern Fiction Studies, American Literature, and elsewhere. I have been a maintenance assistant in an underground coal mine and a resident fellow at the Blue Mountain Center. I hold an MFA in creative writing from the University of Mississippi, where I was a John and Renee Grisham Fellow. Cli-Fi and Class, the essay anthology I am co-editing, is currently under review.
Personally, I look forward to taking walks with our infant daughter and learning the names of local birds and plants (which, to my lasting shame, I really have very little idea about but have nonetheless—yes—employed in poems).