(Old photo, from a conference session; newer photo with my book at my alma mater)
Writing tutor; sometime writer; compulsory worldbuilder; avid reader; sometime teacher (college/university level); parent; aikidoka (3rd kyu, ASU); sometime medievalist; specialist in children’s, YA, and shape-shifting literature; PhD (Literature); gamer (tabletop RPGs); Eagle Scout (and OA Brotherhood); anglophile, celtophile, norse-ophile; atheist, feminist, and all around “leftist”
Reasonably well traveled, to date: Canada (several times), Ireland (1999 & 2008), England (London only, 2008), China (Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Xi’an, 1988)
I am currently a writing center tutor at a community college. I’ve also been:
a freelance resume and cover letter writer,
a recovery employee at a clothing retailer (seasonal),
a composition instructor (adjunct faculty) at a community college. Previously, I was an adjunct at a state university and a branch of a branch campus of said university.
an inventory control specialist/tech writer/editor for a NASA contractor,
a receptionist/mailroom clerk for MAC (the ATM people),
a cashier for a state university food court (and sometime barista, fry guy, and whatever else needed doing),
a college science library student supervisor (oversaw other student employees, copied errata, fixed the copier, answered reference questions, and gave directions to the restrooms),
a summer custodian at a middle school,
a public library page (shelved books, cleaned up, and <very quietly and unofficially> answered reference questions), and
a Safety Town instructor.
To date, I have a handful of academic book reviews, two scholarly articles, a scholarly book chapter, and a short story to my name as published material, with a scholarly book. Then there’s a ton of papers written for classes and a couple academic conference presentations (Science Fiction Research Association conferences and the International Medieval Conference in Kalamazoo, MI).
- The Modern Literary Werewolf (McFarland, 2013)
- “Wolf in Professor’s Clothing: J. K. Rowling’s Werewolves as Educators” The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (Winter 2009)
- Various articles (Pyramid Magazine 2006-2008)
- “Civility Amidst Savagery: Bisclavret and Remus Lupin.” When Genres Collide: Selected Essays from the 37th Annual Meeting of the Science Fiction Research Association (Fine Tooth Press, 2007)
- “No Roads Lead to Rome: Alternate History and Secondary Worlds” Extrapolation (Winter 2005)
- “Huntress” Kinships (2000)