I earned a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from University of Aberdeen in 2013; the title of my dissertation is ‘Vestiges of the Vampire: Rediscovering the Monstrous in Contemporary Lesbian Poetry.’ In the course of my studies and preparation for writing this dissertation, I did in-depth research on the work of the following poets: Anne Bannerman, Charlotte Dacre, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Sylvia Plath, Elise Cowen, Sophie Mayer and Anne Tweedy. The theoretical underpinning for my research focused on monster theory, concentrating on vampire literature and the critical work of J. Jack Halberstam, Paulina Palmer, Nina Auerbach and Gina Wisker. In the process portion of my dissertation, I focused on the writing of the Imagists and the Surrealist poets.
My full poetry collection, Odd Remains, was released in August of 2013; I also have many journal publications both in Scotland and here in the US. My style of poetry is surrealist, both narrative and lyric, and I am able to write (and teach) both traditional forms and contemporary free verse. My work tends to be fantasy or horror focused, and I am well-read in the areas of fantasy and science fiction. I also have academic journal publications in the area of cultural myth and fantasy literature.
I currently teach at Ringling College of Art and Design, and spend most of my time working on my writing, photography, and mixed media art.