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Publications & Presentations


Creative Works:

“Amelia Jane,” Mused, Spring 2013

“The Hunt,” Mused, Spring 2013

“In the Corner of the Library,” Westward Quarterly, Winter 2013.

“April 29th.” The Southern Quill, Spring 2012.

“Colonel Miller’s Mansion,” The Southern Quill, Spring 2011. Tanner Prize Winner.

“In the Corner of the Library,” The Southern Quill, Spring 2011.

“Shadows,” The Southern Quill, Spring 2010.


"The REAL Reason Katniss Needed to Kill Coin Instead of Snow," Hypable, Winter 2015

"Mockingjay: Why THAT Character NEEDED to Die," Hypable, Winter 2015.

"How to Write a Fight Scene," Grammar Girl, Winter 2015.

"Les Miserables: Dissecting a Masterpiece," Hypable, Spring 2013.

"Nightingale iBook Paves the Future of Reading and eBooks with New Enhancements," PR Web, Fall 2012.

“Kanab to Host National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.” Southern Utah News, June 29, 2011.

“The Southern Quill to host reading at area coffee house.” The Spectrum, March 9, 2011.

“The Southern Quill Seeks Submissions.” The Independent, November 2010.

“DSC’s The Southern Quill Seeks Submissions.” Senior Sampler, November 26, 2010.

“Christopher Paolini’s Brisingr.” The Southern Quill, Spring 2010.

“Local Author Talks Writing.”  Indelible Ink, Spring 2010.

“Sigma Tau Delta.” Indelible Ink, Spring 2010.

*  I have also written most of the articles on the late website, including the reviews for The Hunger Games and Song of the Summer King, and I have edited and tweaked various pieces concerning David Farland and his young adult thriller Nightingale


Creative Works:

“In the Corner of the Library,” “Colonel Miller’s Mansion.” The Southern Quill Bean Scene Reading, St George, Utah, 9 March 2011.

“Shadows.” The Southern Quill Tabernacle Reading, St. George, Utah, 6 November 2010.

“Considering the Pointe Shoes,” “Sweets,” “In the Corner of the Library.” Featured Dixie State College Poetry Reader, Storm the Mic, Dixie State College, St. George, Utah, December 2010.

 At Conferences and Conventions:

"'Dumbledore is What?' Harry Potter Fan Theories." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 3rd, 2016.

"What We Know and Don't Know about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 2nd, 2016.

"15+ Tactics for Writing Humor." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 1st, 2016.

"The Lasting Power of Harry Potter."  Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 26th, 2015.

"Harry Potter is In Your Head (In the Best Possible Way)." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 24th, 2015.

"Taking a Story Over 9000! How Dragon Ball Z Took Over the World." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 24th, 2015.


“‘Every Child in Our World Will Know His Name’: Why Harry Potter Appeals to Young Readers Worldwide.” Dixie State College, November 28, 2011.

“Patriarchal Discourse in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ and ‘If I were a Man’.” Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, April 8, 2011.

Workshops I've helped with:

"Poetry for the People," Writers of the Purple Sage Poetry Retreat, Kanab, Utah, October 22, 2011.

Honors and Awards

Tanner Prize Winner (2011)
                        The Annie Atkin Tanner Memorial Poetry Scholarship Fund
Second Place, “Colonel Miller’s Mansion.”

 Mark Swain Award (2010-2011)
                        Department of English, Dixie State University.

Dixie State University Continuing Student Scholarship (2010-2011)

President’s List (Fall 2009)

Dean’s List (Fall 2007, Fall 2010, Spring 2011)


  1. I followed the links to read a couple items of your poetry. Very nice work.

    1. Oh thanks Burt :) Glad you liked them. Thanks for reading :D


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