I’m an academic librarian and poet in Memphis, TN.
I’ve published poems in excellent journals and participated in the lit world in many ways. I coordinated and hosted the Impossible Language reading series in Memphis, TN from 2013 to 2017. On a good day, I’m working on a full-length book of poems. On any other day, I’m critiquing genre norms by watching a lot of tv.
I bring my background in poetry writing to instruction and librarianship, creative energy that allows me to design engaging, informed, and user-friendly curriculum. I believe in working with students’ innate curiosity and use backward design, universal design for learning (UDL), the philosophy of critical librarianship, and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to make lesson plans to meet all students where they learn. I deeply love my job.
James E. Ward Instruction Award – Tennessee Library Association, 2018
“BEAM Me Up: Considering Usefulness for Source Synthesis” – Library Instruction Tennessee (LIT) conference, 2019
“Opening Our Minds: Two Early Career Librarians. Two Roundtables. Where To From Here?” – with Joseph Winberry, Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, 2019
“Stand and Be Counted: Libraries Facilitating Voter Engagement” – Panelist, with Holly Hebert, Kevin Dixon, Pamela Johnson, Chris Hall, & Amber McKee, Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, 2019