Associate Professor of English
Office Location: Reade Center 210
Phone: (765) 998-4971
Specialties: composition, contemporary international poetry, creative writing, fiction, intersection of art and faith, mentoring and advising students, poetry, rhetoric, world literature
MFA, Creative Writing, Seattle Pacific University, 2011
MA, Comparative Literature, The University of Cincinnati, 2006
BA, English/Secondary Education, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2001
Why I came to Taylor:
I came to Taylor to join a top Christian college English department that offered a full suite of opportunities in literature and creative writing, including a long-standing literary journal, a biennial conference hosting some of the finest writers in the country, and a wide variety of courses taught by talented faculty members with diverse critical and creative interests.
I love working closely with aspiring writers who are just beginning to identify themselves as artists, and just becoming committed to improving their craft. Writers need support from other writers at every stage of their lives and careers. I also like being involved daily in conversations about the relationship between art and faith. Lastly, I enjoy facilitating the discovery of the world’s great books for students who are new to serious reading and literary study.
Advice to incoming students:
Ora et labora.
Reading, film, walking, travel, the outdoors, international cuisine, spending time with my family and friends. My wife Bethany and I have been married since 1998. We have two children: our daughter Una Pearl and our son Casey Howard. I collect music from the big band, swing, and early jazz era of the 1920’s – 1940’s. I own thousands of records (78, 33 1/3rd, and 45 rpm) from the period and listen to them regularly.