AWARDS

2013
Henry Miller Memorial Library Ping Pong Journal Award | First Place, selected by Eleni Sikelianos

2011
Summer Literary Seminars (Kenya, Lithuania, Montreal) | Runner-Up, Poetry

2009
The Poetry Center of Chicago Juried Reading Award | First Place, selected by Brenda Hillman

Illinois Arts Council Award Nominee | Selected by Another Chicago Magazine

2002
Cleveland State University Open Poetry Series | Semi-Finalist

1999
Carson McCullers Award, STORY magazine | Honorable Mention

1996
Delta Epsilon Sigma National Writing Competition | First Place, Fiction


EDUCATION

Global Leadership College (Toronto, Ontario – Canada)
Professional Certification, TESOL (150 Hrs.)

Northwestern University
Professional Certification, Philanthropy & Nonprofit Organizations

Wright State University
Master of Arts, English: Composition & Rhetoric
Summer Workshop with National Book Award Winner, Nikky Finney

Study Abroad – Lithuania

DePaul University
Certificate, Advanced Placement English Language & Composition Institute

Loras College
Bachelor of Arts, English

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