I recently finished my Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Swansea University. My publications include Reed Magazine, Construction Literary Magazine, STORGY, The Cheval Anthology of Young Writers, and Zero Hours on the Boulevard, a Brexit short story collection. I have worked as an editor and marketing officer at the Welsh independent publisher, Parthian Books, where I edited Ironopolis, a novel that was nominated for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the Portico Prize. I have also interviewed winners of the Dylan Thomas Prize for Swansea University, creating a podcast out of my conversations with writers like Max Porter and Joshua Ferris. Currently, I am a fiction reader for The Rumpus and have the pleasure of teaching literature and writing composition courses at PLNU.
- Ph.D., Creative Writing, Swansea University
- M.A., Education: Teaching and Learning, Point Loma Nazarene University
- B.A., Writing, Point Loma Nazarene University
- Literature & Culture: Literary Publishing in 2020 - LIT 2000
- Literature & Culture: Nature Writing: LIT 2000
- College Composition: Writing & Research - WRI 1010
- Writing and Interviewing in the Criminal Justice Profession - SCJ 3050A
- Online Business and Professional Writing - MRD 3000
Experience in Field
- TA/Seminar Leader, Swansea University (Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction - EN 118, Creative Writing: Further Fiction - EN 3014)
- Fusion Teacher, Swansea University (Teaching creative writing to community members in south Wales in association with Swansea University and the Dylan Thomas Centre
- Instructional Design Consultant & Designer, Point Loma Nazarene University
- Program Assistant for College of Extended Learning, Point Loma Nazarene University
- Assistant Editor & Marketing Editor, Parthian Books
- Arts & Entertainment Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune
- Co-host and sound engineer of The Bookends Podcast, a literary podcast featuring interviews with previous winners of the Dylan Thomas Prize, including acclaimed writers such as Joshua Ferris, Kayo Chingonyi and Max Porter.
Awards and Honors
- Creative Europe – Literary Translation Support Grant: €75,000 (co-writer) This grant provides funding for several translations from marginalized voices all across Europe, including Greece, Slovakia, Malta, France, among other countries. Authors who primarily publish in lesser-known languages (Maltese, Greek, Slovakian) now have a much wider potential readership with their English translations published by Parthian Books, which is based in south Wales. The ethos of the project was to keep the United Kingdom in literary conversation with Europe regardless of Brexit.
Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications
- Novel set on the US-MX border in addition to a 20,000 word critical essay
- “Becoming a Better Man.” Reed Magazine. 2020.
- “The Five.” Horla. 2019.
- “At the Door.” Zero Hours on the Boulevard: Tales of Independence and Belonging. Parthian Books, 2019.
- “The Border.” STORGY. 2019.
- “Zapatista.” Construction Literary Magazine. 2018.
- “The Everyman.” Cheval 11. Parthian Books, 2018.
- “South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission 20 Years Later.” Sojourners, 12 October 2018.
- “A History of Broken Rhetoric on Immigration.” Sojourners, 9 August 2018.
- “Erika L Sanchez and the Poetry of Borders.” Wales Arts Review, 24 May 2018.
- “Book Review: The Border by Don Winslow.” Journal of Borderlands Studies, 28 September 2019.
- “Book Review: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú.” Journal of Borderlands Studies, 11 December 2018
- Mifsud, Immanuel. In the Name of the Father (And of the Son). Parthian Books, 2019.
- Pendry, Helen. The Levels. Parthian Books, 2019.
- Brown, Glen James. Ironopolis. Parthian Books, 2018.
- Clack, Boyd. Head in the Clouds. Parthian Books, 2019.
- Guard, Clifford. GI Limey: A Welsh-American in WWII. Parthian Books, 2019.
- Association for Borderlands Studies 2019 Annual Conference. “Borders in Fiction: Transcending Political Division Through Storytelling.” San Diego, CA. 27 April, 2019.
- Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory Group Postgraduate Workshop. “Toward a Common Narrative: How Literary Fiction Provides a Unique Method to Discuss Contentious Issues.” Swansea University, UK. 10 April, 2019.
- Swansea College of Arts & Humanities Employability Fair. “Publishing at Parthian Books.” Swansea, UK. 2 April, 2019.
- Swansea University College of Arts & Humanities Postgraduate Conference: Memory and Identity. “Myth Making: Representing the Fallibility and Consequence of Memory in Fiction.” Swansea, UK. 28 Sep. 2018.
- Separate Spheres & Closed Doors: Recasting Gender and Space. “The Fence Became a Wall: Militarization of the US-Mexico Border and its Effect on Vulnerable Populations.” Swansea, UK. 20 April, 2018.
- Diverse History Conference at the University of South Wales. “The Fence Became a Wall: Militarization of the US-Mexico Border and its Effect on Female Populations.” Cardiff, UK. 14 April, 2018.
- “Becoming a Better Man” at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego. 26 Sep., 2019.
- “An Evening of Swansea Writers” at Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea. 28 March, 2019. (Emcee and coordinator of event).
- “At the Door” at Zero Hours on the Boulevard Cardiff Book Launch. Roath Park Pub, Cardiff. 14 March, 2019. “At the Door” at Zero Hours on the Boulevard London Book Launch. The Grove, London. 13 March, 2019.
- “The Border Wall” at The Cambrian Arms. 6 Sep., 2018.
- “The Everyman” at Terry Hetherington Young Writer’s Awards. Dylan Thomas Centre. 29 June, 2018
- Association for Borderlands Studies 2019 Annual Conference: San Diego, CA – April, 2019
- London Book Fair: London, UK – March, 2019
- London Book Fair: London, UK – Apr., 2018
- The Inpress Festival of Publishing: London, UK – Jan., 2018
- Canvas Learning Management System Conference: Keystone, CO – July, 2017
- Moderator at Conference on Christianity and Literature: Point Loma Nazarene University, CA – May, 2017
- Online Teaching Conference: San Diego, CA – July, 2016