Greetings, and thanks for stopping by!
Obviously, curiosity has gotten the better of you, and you have made the brash, and likely unwise, decision to read more of my work. Though I fear for your well-being, I won’t stop you. Travel well, good friend.
- In November 2017, I had the privilege of having one of my poems included in Z Publishing House’s anthology Virginia’s Best Emerging Poets. My piece is titled “Gardens Will Not Grow (No Matter How Much You Yell).” If you’re interested, pick up a copy of the anthology today by clicking here!
- In June 2017, I had the opportunity to write a review for Mere Orthodoxy on Robert Thorson’s The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years. Thorson’s approach to Thoreau is unique, as he approaches Thoreau as a scientist first and foremost, instead of the whimsical naturalist caricature he’s often shoehorned into. I had a lot of fun writing this, as the review also offered an opportunity to muse on the limits of naturalism and its intersections with theology.
- In May 2017, with elevated blood pressure and a nascent eye-twitch, I graduated with my Master of Arts in English. ‘Twas a rewarding and, at times, brutal two years, filled with a generous helping of impostor’s syndrome, self-doubt, and nervous eating thrown in. If you’d like to take a look at my Master’s Thesis, follow this link and download it for yourself. I chose to write my thesis on the excellent graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman. Using Bakhtin’s theories of polyphony and dialogism as a framework, I approached the story as a work built from the competing and conflicting interactions between disparate and often-contradictory voices, and I argued that these competing voices actually become an avenue through which a deeper and more-variegated truth can be depicted—a fleeting image of an objective reality born from a million intricate, intimate subjective realities. While you’re there, check out my undergraduate thesis on C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces. I’m still generally happy with that one. I think.
- From 2015–2017, I had the honor of working as an Associate Editor on LAMP Magazine, a college literary journal in Lynchburg, VA. Some excellent creative writing has been published in the magazine over the years, and I also got the chance to include my poem “This Gravel Chapel” in the 2015 issue. Check it out!
If you’re ever interested in discussing any of my writing(or anyone else’s, for that matter!), don’t hesitate to message me. I spent the past two years writing about the importance of dialogue; I heartily welcome any chance to put it into practice.