Doctoral Candidate in Poetry, Florida State University, fall 2014-present

Dissertation: Flowers as Mind Control, a debut collection of poems

Graduation and expected publication, 2019-2020

My debut collection of poems mixes longing, homesickness, and memories with a fiery and insatiable need to “power through.” It mixes narrative elements with lyric ones. Here I try for a raw edge that’s a kind of outlaw perspective beyond many first collections.

Masters of Women’s Studies, University of Florida, 2005

Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, Sarah Lawrence College, 1999

Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors, Florida State University, 1997



PowderKeg Magazine, 2019 forthcoming

Arc Poetry Magazine, Canada, winter 2018

EAT poems, recorded chapbook series, 2018

The American Poetry Journal, 2018

O: JA&L, 2018

Fantastic Floridas, Burrow Press, 2018

Berfois, 2016

Queen Mob’s Teahouse, 2016

Hobart, December 2015

Spring Gun Press, 2013

Bicycle Review, 2013

Trivia: Voices of Feminism, 2013

Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, 2012

Sixers Review, 2011 Lungfull Magazine, 2010

JMWW: A Quarterly Journal of Writing, 2005

elevator, 2003, 2004

Mantis, Stanford University, Inaugural Issue, 2001

Poetry Motel, 2001

Sarah Lawrence Review, 1999, 1998

Kalliope, 20th Anniversary Edition, 1998

Apalachee Quarterly, 1998

Kudzu Review, 1997



2018 Pushcart Prize Nomination

Nomination| FSU’s nomination for AWP Intro Journals Project 2018

Chosen by critically acclaimed poet, David Kirby

National Teaching Recognition | “10 Acclaimed FSU English Professors that Will Inspire You” by, 2018

Nomination| FSU’s nomination for Best New Poets 2018

Chosen by critically acclaimed poet, Timothy Welch

Winner| FSU Creative Writing Spotlight Award | Spring 2016

Chosen by critically acclaimed poet, D.A. Powell.

Finalist | Steel Toe Books Annual Manuscript Competition | 2013

Finalist | SLS Annual Poetry Contest | 2009, 2010

Runner-up | Chapbook Award | Pudding House | 2009

For “Made of Bone, Time, and the Body a Music Makes”

Tybel Spivack Scholarship | Women’s Studies and Linguistics Department, University of Florida | 2004

Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Award | 1998

Chosen by critically acclaimed poet, Denise Duhammel



|The Poetics of Revolt: Contemporary American Poetry by Women |University of North Florida | Clark Lunberry’s “Women in American Poetry” Course |FALL 2018 |JACKSONVILLE, FL

| Navigating a Future in Creative Writing Beyond the First Ten Pages |Florida State University | Erin Hoover’s “Poetic Technique” Course |SPRING 2016 |TALLAHASSEE, FL



Review | “12.5 Review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag—Bad Dog, Good Dog: Sitcom Lessons That Came At the Right Time| Queen Mob’s Teahouse|Nov. 2016

Review | “Finally, Fleabag”| Berfois|Oct. 2016

Author Interview | James Kimbrell, Poet | The Southeast Review | April 2016

on his most recent book, “Smote.”

Review | “Days of Shame and Failure” | Jennifer Knox | The Southeast Review | December 2015

Author Interview | Mathias Svalina, Poet | The Southeast Review | May 2015

on his most recent book, “Wastoid

Review | “Romeo Bones” | Ron Salutsky |The Southeast Review |2014

Review | “After Darkness, Comes the Light” | | 2012

A review of Agnieszka Holland’s film, “In Darkness” on Views on the New York Film Scene (site defunct)

Review | “I Once Had a Girl” | | 2012

A review of Anh Hung Tran’s adaptation of “Norwegian Wood,” a novel by Haruki Murakami on Views on the New York Film Scene

Review | “Four Slender Sneakers Moving Lightly in the Dirt” | |2011

A review of “4 Adventures of Reinette & Mirabelle,” written and directed by Eric Rohmer on Views on the New York Film Scene



The Southeast Review, Editorial Staff, 2014-2016

The Southeast Review, Development Chair, 2015

The Sarah Lawrence Review, 1998-1999

SunDog Lit, Editorial staff, 1997

Kudzu Review, Editorial staff, 1996



VIDA: Women in Literary Arts forthcoming online panel/forum spring 2019| Oh, I Am Very Weary: Women Writers Discuss Chronic Illness, Disability, and Ableism in the Writing World

Featured Laura Minor, Jillian Weisse, Yolanda Franklin, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Nafissa D. Thompson Spires, Cade Leebron, Emily Cole, Carolina Ebeid,

AWP 2018 | Leap: Disjunction, Disconnection, and Useful Dissonance in Contemporary Poetics

Featured Laura Minor, Jillian Weise, Josh Bell, Carmen Giminez-Smith, Mark Bibbins.

AWP 2018 | Creatures from the Black Lagoon: Feminist Writing from the Deep South of Florida

Featured Laura Minor, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakka, Robert Pinsky, Keith Kopka

Word of South Festival 2017 | “In the Round” Live Panel, Collaborative Reading, & Performance on the Intersection of Poetry & Songwriting

Featured: Barbara Hamby, James Kimbrell, Del Suggs, Laura Minor AWP 2017 | All I Have Is A Voice: Strategies for Inclusion in the Workshop

Featured Laura Minor, Jillian Weise, Adrian Matejka, Erin Belieu, Robert Lopez.

AWP 2017 | 21st Century Troubadours

Featured Laura Minor, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakka, Robert Pinsky, Keith Kopka

2015 Other Words Conference|”The True Sister Arts: Similarities & Differences When Considering Poetry and Lyrics”| November 2015



Contributor | Port Townsend Writer’s Conference| Port Townsend, WA | 2015

Contributor | Breadloaf Writer’s Conference at Middlebury College | 2007

Thesis | “Unsound Compositions: Women and Compositional Agency” | University of Florida | 2005

Under the directorship of Dr. Tace Hedrick, Professor of English, University of Florida

Paper | NWSA 2004 | “Too Confessional to be Cool: An Analysis of Post-World War II Receptions of Confessional Women Poets” | Panel: “Creativity and Madness in Literature,” National Women’s Studies Association, Milwaukee, WI, 2004

Round Table | “Issues of Global Sexual Rights and Cartographies of Justice,” | Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, Savannah, GA, 2004

Paper | “Beyond a Room of One’s Own: Virginia Woolf vs. Women of the Beat Generation” | spring 2004

Paper | “Deconstructing Dolly: Negotiation and Parody in the American Popular Music Industry” | Panel: “Re-locations in Unexpected Chords,” Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, Savannah, GA, 2004



Professional Recording Artist, 2001-present

Post-MFA, I was signed to the largest independent label for Americana/Roots music in the country. I proceeded to supplement my literary career with a musical career, complete with composing, arranging, performing, and touring all original music across genres and labels.

Recording | “Songs for Me & Johnny Lee,” forthcoming spring 2019, Ocean of Sound Recordings, Inc., Founder, Laura Minor, 2005, ASCAP

Recording | “Frolicking in the Land of Slaughter,” summer 2018, EAT poems, UNF, Founder Mark Ari

Recording | “Let Evening Come,” produced by dälek, 2010 Ocean of Sound Recordings

Recording | “Salesman’s Girl,” 2001-2003, published by Hightone Records, CA,




Assistant to the Director of Creative Writing/Professor| Florida State University

| 2015 – present

As a doctoral candidate in the English department, I have assisted in multiple

administrative efforts for faculty support and development, departmental budget development, program-planning, website and social media development for increasing enrollment and enriching the student experience, as well as managing and developing the Jerome B. Stern Distinguished Writers reading series, an original visiting writer and student series at Florida State University with live recordings available to the public

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Professor | Florida State University

| 2014 – present

As a doctoral candidate in the English department, I teach poetry technique courses, advanced writing and essay, composition, and my original course, “Songwriting vs. Lyrics: Article and Essay Writing About Music”

Research Assistant | Center for Women’s Excellence & Creativity, Florida State University | 2015-2017

Assisted under Dir. Erin Belieu, Director of the Florida State University Creative Writing Department. Assisted in program development and communication with donors

Professional Songwriter/Musician | Hightone Records & Ocean of Sound, LLC | Independent from 2001-present

Responsible for all professional aspects of independent writing, touring, recording, booking, and management

Visiting Assistant Professor | Pratt Institute | 2007-2013

As Visiting Assistant Professor in both the Writing and Humanities departments, I designed two original courses. One course is a special poetry/lyrics seminar for writers titled, “Songwriting: Lyricism and Innovation from Murder Ballads to the Oughts” and “Bad Girls & Binaries: A Survey of Women in Literature, Music, and Art.” Also, I have taught composition and literature courses at Pratt Institute (“Word, Technology & Usage”)

Adjunct Professor | St. Joseph’s College | 2010-2012

Responsible for undergraduate literature courses, “Writing for Communication: The Art of the Personal Essay,” “Introduction to Poetry,” and “Short Fiction”

Adjunct Professor | St. Francis College | 2008-2010

Professor in the Department of Communication Arts. Responsible for undergraduate courses, “Interpersonal Communication,” “Fundamental of Speech/Speechwriting,” and “Group Process”

English Composition Tutor/Language Instructor | Santa Fe Community College | 2004-5

Responsible for college preparatory instruction, counseling, and tutorials on composition and grammar

Graduate Research Assistant | Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida | September 2003 – 2005

Responsible for professional research for faculty and department, undergraduate grading, conferencing/counseling academic material, design and layout of grading procedures, administrative office duties

Graduate Teaching Assistant | University of Florida | 2004

Course: “History of Sexuality,” 2004, Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland,

Dir. Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, University of Florida.

Responsible for undergraduate grading, counseling academic material, design and layout of grading procedures

Workshop Instructor | Sarah Lawrence College | 1999

“Poetry as Activism,” Undergraduate level workshop

Community Partnerships & Service Learning

Responsible for multicultural syllabus, comprehensive reading list, individual tutorials, research, student evaluations

Teacher’s College Fellow | Columbia University

Sarah Lawrence College Teacher Fellow

January-June 1999

P.S. 137, New York, New York

Taught and observed elementary school faculty,

Team-teaching with program sponsor and poet, Nick Flynn,

Led mini-lessons and individual tutorials

Instructor, Poetry Workshop | Manhattan School of Art and Design | September-December 1998 New York, New York

Conducted three mini-workshops over a two hour period, provided mini-lessons on major poets and different movements in poetry, prepared reading lists and resources, created and evaluated all assignments and exercises for faculty

Instructor, Poetry Workshop | Sarah Lawrence College Summer Conference| June-August 1998, New York, New York

High School Poetry Seminar Instructor/Assistant, Observed collegiate faculty, assisted in designing curriculum and readings, led class discussions, and had individual tutorials with students

Poetry Workshop Instructor | Valhalla Correctional Facility | June-August 1998

Valhalla, NY

Graduate Studies Program, Sarah Lawrence College

Taught creative and expository writing to inmates, provided resources, evaluated and revised work for publication in independent journals/anthologies



Teaching Assistant | Saint Ann’s School | September 1999 – 2001

Brooklyn, NY

Responsible for assistance in the Lower School

Annual curriculum, report writing, event planning

Community Service Coordinator | Sarah Lawrence College | 1998-1999

Bronxville, NY

Responsible for national event planning and travel for student groups, Program planning, public relations within university administration

Assistant to the Director | Sarah Lawrence College Office of Graduate Studies | June-August 1998

Bronxville, NY

Responsible for administrative office duties and program planning

Poet’s House Intern | 1998

Responsible for administrative office duties, library, and program planning



Founder and editor-in-chief of the website currently in development,

Into the Wreck: A Website for Women Writers, 2017-present

Development and hosting of The Jerome B. Stern Distinguished Reading Series,

including implementing a critical spotlight edition of the series featuring Dr. Andrew Epstein, author of Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016)



Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Academy of American Poets

Writers Resist

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

United Faculty of Florida

American Association of University Women

National Education Association

Golden Key International Honor Society

Tallahassee & Gainesville Women’s Liberation

Girls Rock, NY, FL

Equality Now, NY, NY

Amnesty International

March for Women’s Lives, Washington D.C., 2004

City of Gainesville & NOW Pro-Choice March 2004

Civic Media Center Volunteer, 2004

Books for Prisoners, Gainesville, FL

References available upon request:

Prof. Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Francis Eppes Professor:

Dr. David Kirby, Robert O’Lawton Distinguished Professor:

Prof. Erin Belieu:

Dr. James Kimbrell:

Prof. Barbara Hamby, Distinguished University Scholar,

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