Literary Service

In addition to teaching and creative writing, I've also served in a few editorial and journalistic roles. If you'd like to propose a project, please contact me. Odds are I'll say yes. I like working. As for nonfiction assignments, my interests are running, music (mainly heavy metal and jam bands) and personal and cultural profiles. As for editorial work, I'm practiced in prose reading and literary journal promotion. Below are some details about my literary service.

Lit Mags
This year I began reading prose submissions for A Public Space, the literary journal based in Brooklyn and edited by Brigid Hughes. In this volunteer position, I suggest stories and essays to pass along to our editors, and I participate in readers' meetings. At the University of Southern Mississippi, I worked as an assistant editor for the 2014–17 summer issues of Mississippi Review. These were our prize issues, and my responsibilities included screening fiction submissions and recommending finalists to our editors-in-chief, Andrew Malan Milward and Steven Barthelme.

Nonprofit
I currently work  for the South Dakota Humanities Council, which supports literacy and civil dialogue programming throughout the state. The SDHC also hosts the annual South Dakota Festival of Books. In my position as Project Coordinator, I oversee our major grant programs and assist in capital building. Under the guidance of Sherry DeBoer, our executive director, I coordinate with partner groups, regional and national nonprofits, and representatives from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Community Outreach & Mentorship
In Hattiesburg, I helped to launch the viz. Reading Series along with Sara A. Lewis and Susan Elliott Brown. In this position I corresponded with visiting authors, promoted upcoming readings and worked with local arts organizations to secure event spaces. Also, on occasion I've visited classrooms and writing groups to speak about craft and the literary life. Here's a handout I made for the Aberdeen Central (SD) High School Writing Club. I've also met with young writers individually to assess their work and encourage their development.

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