Education, Teaching Experience, and Professional Writing Experience
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
M.F.A., Creative Writing, May 2006
AWARDS & HONORS (Partial List)
Oprah Magazine, Best LGBTQ Books of 2021
Publishers Marketplace Highly Anticipated Buzz Book, 2021
Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support Grant, 2020
Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Education Grant, 2018
Loft Literary Center Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, 2017
Minnesota Book Award for Twelve Long Months, 2009
Book Sense pick for Twelve Long Months, 2008
Finalist, Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction for Brendan Wolf, 2008
New York Times “New and Noteworthy” selection for The Year of Ice, 2003
American Library Association Alex Award for The Year Of Ice, 2003
Finalist, Violet Quill Award (Bookspan), for The Year of Ice, 2003
Finalist, Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction for The Year of Ice, 2003
Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant for Writers, 2003
Booklist “Editors’ Choice for the Best of 2002” for The Year of Ice
After Francesco, John Scognamiglio Books, May 2021
Twelve Long Months, Scholastic, June 2008.
Brendan Wolf, St. Martin’s Press, April 2007.
The Year of Ice, St. Martin’s Press, June 2002.
"Writing the AIDS Generation" Anthology, Q, 2019
“Needles & Lies.” OUT magazine, April, 2005.
“The Outsiders.” ISO Calendar of Days (Bookspan), 2004
“Make It One for My Baby.” The Readerville Journal, 2002
“Things I Never Told My Father” The Man I Might Become, Marlowe & Co., 2002.
COURSES TAUGHT (Partial List)
Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, Nett Lake, MN, Visiting Writer
Starting Your Novel (2021)
Emerson College, Boston, MA
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop (2006, 2007)
Introduction to Fiction Writing Workshop (2006, 2007)
U.S. Multicultural Literature (2006, 2007)
Young Adult Fiction Directed Study (2006, 2007)
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
Fiction Topics: Emotional Range (2021)
Fiction Workshop (2015, 2018, 2020)
Forms & Elements of Fiction I (2016)
Forms & Elements of Fiction II (2016)
Grounding in the Craft of Fiction (2008, 2015, 2016)
The Coming of Age Novel (2008)
Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN
Various online and in-person fiction and creative writing enrichment classes for older adults, adults, and teens. (2001-2021)
Metropolitan Library Service Agency, Twin Cities, MN, Visiting Writer
Free-to-public single session creative writing classes (2011 - current)
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop Visiting Writer
Writing Fiction Step-by-Step at MN Correctional Facility - Lino Lakes (2015)
Our Savior's Homeless Shelter, Minneapolis, MN, Visiting Writer
Creative Writing for persons transitioning from homelessness (2016)
Quatrefoil Library, Minneapolis, MN, Visiting Writer
Writing the AIDS Generation (2019)
Rainbow Health, St. Paul, MN, Visiting Writer
Creative Writing Class for persons with HIV/AIDS (2019)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Intermediate Fiction Writing (2006)
Introduction to Creative Writing (2003, 2005)
Introduction to Fiction Writing (2004, 2005)
Introduction to Modern Fiction (2011)
MFA Practicum (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)
North Star Literature: Reading Minnesota (2015)
PROFESSIONAL GRANT WRITING EXPERIENCE
Grant Writing Consultant. Email inquiries regarding availability and rates.
Grant Writer, Open Book Capital Campaign, 1998 – 2001. Sample grants awarded: The McKnight Foundation ($1 million), Bush Foundation ($550,000), Kresge Foundation ($500,000), Target Foundation ($500,000), and General Mills Foundation ($150,000).
Development Director, The Loft Literary Center, 1997 – 2003. Responsible for over $1 million in contributed income annually.
Program Manager, The Minneapolis Foundation, 1990 – 1997. Secured private and public funding for re-granting programs, including the Minneapolis Emergency Fund, Minnesota Lesbian & Gay Community Funding Partnership, and the Minnesota Futures Fund.
Grant and Contract Proposal Writer, The Minnesota AIDS Project, 1987 – 1990.
COMMITTEE AND SERVICE HISTORY
The Bush Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Minnesota Book Awards, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Land Trust, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Saint Paul Foundation, and United Arts.