PhD, English; University of Missouri, 1993
MA, Southeast Missouri State University, 1988
BS Ed., Southeast Missouri State University, 1976
Burrus Dickinson 301
My research interests include Native American Literature, nature and environmental writing, ecocriticism, poetry and poetics.
I enjoy teaching a range of classes, including Non-Western literature; creative writing classes in poetry, nature writing, and creative non-fiction; grammar and structure of English; introduction to literary studies.
Books: The Encyclopedia of Native American Literatures, The Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature.
Poetry: published in such journals as Southern Poetry Review, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal.
Present and past professional memberships include the Modern Language Society, Mid-west MLA, ASLE—Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Appalachian Studies Association.
I am a University of Illinois-trained Master Naturalist Intern; I am an active member of Eureka Christian Church.
What I love best about Eureka College is the opportunity to visit with students and colleagues about ideas that have the power to change lives and our culture at large.
I love all things about reading and writing; I enjoy making journals to write in; I love writing with fountain pens; I enjoy hiking and being in the woods; I love Peat, my handsome border collie.