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MFA, Creative Writing, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 2009.
MA, English-Creative Writing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2000.
BA, American Studies, Concentration: Southern Folklore, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1990. .
Other higher education experience:
Education and Curriculum Director, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1998-1999.
Conference Exhibits Director, DoubleTake Magazine and Books, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1997-1998.
Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1996-1998.
Program Coordinator, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1991-1996.
Research and Teaching Areas
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Literary Publishing and Programming
- Mary Frances Hobson Prize in Arts and Letters, Chowan University, 2009.
Poetry Book of the Year, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), 2006 .
Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature in the category of fiction and poetry, Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College, 2005.
SUFFICIENT GRACE: A NOVEL, New York: Free Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2006.
WHAT TRAVELS WITH US: POEMS. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005.