I am a literary writer and game designer interested in human expression and spiritual transformation through modernity.
My fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and board games examine consumer culture, new age spirituality, video games and virtuality, lowbrow fantasy, scientific/mathematical ideals, and other routes to understanding the crowded, confusing, partially-digital world millennial Americans live in today.
My postsecondary education (B.S. in Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) reflects my lifelong interest in the intersection of the poetic and the technical. Unschooled until college, I am a proud cultural outsider, fascinated by both mainstream power dynamics and all that's off-the-grid.
A citizen of the contemporary literary world, I have edited for the literary magazines Ninth Letter, Memorious, A Public Space, and One Story, and currently work with the independent literary publisher Grove Atlantic in digital marketing strategy and social media. I also advocate for independent publishers broadly through my communications work with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, CLMP. Prior to living in New York, I taught university-level creative writing, rhetoric, and business writing as a Lecturer at the University of Illinois.
My published work includes short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and interviews. Currently at work on a speculative near-future literary science fiction novel, I strive to communicate with both general and literary audiences.
I design games in collaboration with my partner, Patrick D. Watson, as Oat & Noodle Studios. Our games encourage everyone to treat life as play: they break the fourth wall, employ mechanics as a means to self-expression, and seek to include and entertain players of all ages and backgrounds.