PIN ACTION: Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who Became a Bowling Champion
Published by Pegasus Books Nov. 4, 2014
Top 10 Sports Audio Book of 2016″ – Booklist
Top 10 Sports Book of 2016″ – Booklist

This Brevity: Poems. Toronto: Parsifal, 2006.

In Progress:
The Panic Inside the Stars: Poems
 (Finalist for the 2014 New American Poetry Prize; currently under consideration elsewhere)


“Work.” ArLiJo 89 (2016). Web.
“Lunch Break.” ArLiJo 89 (2016). Web.
“Cedar Springs.” ArLiJo 89 (2016). Web.
“Randall Jarrell.” Southeast Review 23.1 (2014): 14. Print.
“Descent.” Iodine Poetry Journal Fall/Winter (2013). Print.
“May Day.” Ginosko Literary Journal 13 (2013). Web.
“Any Average Night.” Ginosko Literary Journal 13 (2013). Web.
“The Girl Who Left Her Body.” Ginosko Literary Journal 13 (2013). Web.
“Various Scenarios.” Waccamaw 11 (2013). Web.
“Voyage.” Connotation Press 4.4 (2012). Web.
“Passenger.” Connotation Press 4.4 (2012). Web.
“Inconstancies.” Connotation Press 4.4 (2012). Web.
“Summertime Blues.” Connotation Press 4.4 (2012). Web.
“Sonnet.” Connotation Press 4.4 (2012). Web.
“Book Shop Blues.” Alabama Literary Review 20.1 (2011): 120-121. Print.
“Aubade.” Inkwell 27 (2010): 117-118. Print.
“The Witness.” Poetzine (2010). Web.
“Even If.” Raritan 27.1 (2007): 65-66. Print.
“The Game.” Raritan 27.1 (2007): 67. Print.
“A Box of Clothes.” The Southern Review 42.3 (2006): 481-482. Print.
“Downright French Revolution of the Senses.” The Southern Review 42.3 (2006): 479-480. Print.
“Weather of Days.” The Southern Review 42.3 (2006): 483-484. Print.
“As Her Father Speaks of Japan.” Iodine Poetry Journal Spring/Summer (2006): 31. Print.
“Control.” Iodine Poetry Journal Spring/Summer(2006):29-30. Print.
“School Day.” MiPoesias 20.1 (2006). Web.
“Concerning A Boy and the Smell of Things.” Mipoesias In Print Jan. 2005. Print.
“The Afterthought.” The Paris Review 173 (2005): 238. Print.
“This Brevity.” The Paris Review 173 (2005): 234-235. Print.
“The Man Who Vanished.” The Paris Review 173 (2005): 236-237. Print.
“An Unordinary Conciliation.” The Modern Review 1.2 (2005): 35-36. Print.
“The Discovery.” The Modern Review 1.2 (2005): 31-32. Print.
“The Life That Became a Fool.” The Modern Review 1.2 (2005): 33-34. Print.
“Accident.” The Modern Review 1.1 (2005): 30-31. Print.
“Unlike a Man.” The Modern Review 1.1 (2005): 34. Print.
“The Man Who Vanished.” Poetry Daily 2005. Print.
“In Memoriam: The Rego Park Flash.” Bowlers Journal (forthcoming).
“Action.” Connotation Press 3.4 (2012). Web.
“When Thugs and Hustlers Ruled Dark Alleys.” New York Times 9 Nov. 2012: B9. Print.
“Echoes of ‘The Horn.’” Bowlers Journal 97.4 (2010): 26-28. Print.
“Ricky Ward: Life After the Tour.” Bowlers Journal 97.9 (2010): 46-48. Print.
“Patty Costello: Battling the Pins, the Ghosts of Her Father and, Finally, Cancer.” Bowlers Journal 96.6 (2009): 32-37. Print.
“The Angel and the Antichrist: Bridging Blake to Nietzsche.” The Modern Review 1.2 (2005): 68-75. Print.
“MFA: What the Skeptics Don’t Want You to Know.” The Modern Review 1.1 (2005): 45-49. Print.
“The Ghosts of Mark Roth.” Bowlers Journal 91.10 (2004): 83-84. Print.
“Ted Kooser’s ‘Delights and Shadows.’” January Magazine (2004). Web.
“Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness.” January Magazine (2004). Web.
”Nocturama: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.” Blue Coupe Magazine (2003). Web.
“Local Visitations: Stephen Dunn.” January Magazine (2002). Web.


College of Central Florida, 2013-2014
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing

CRW 200: Creative Writing I; ENC 1101: Freshman Composition Skills;
ENC 1102: Freshman Composition Skills II

University of Tampa, 2007-2009
Visiting Professor of English & Writing

ENG 100: Basics of Grammar and Writing; ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric I
ENG 102: Composition and Rhetoric II; WRI 200: Intro to Creative Writing; WRI 351: Poetry Writing II; WRI 455: Directed Poetry Writing

University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Campus, 2007
Instructor of Literature and Creative Writing

CRW 3311: Form/Technique of Poetry; LIT 3073: Contemporary Literature

University of South Florida, Tampa Campus, 2005-2007

Instructor of Composition

Comp 1101: First-Year Composition; Comp 1102: First-Year Composition


  • Author Tour Coordinator, Board Member, Florida Literary Arts Coalition
    Coordinate the development of a diverse roster of writers for state-wide book tours of FLAC-member schools throughout the academic year, negotiate costs with agents and publishers, create each author’s tour itinerary, arrange housing and literary events in areas in which authors appear, and promote across a variety of social networking and blogging platforms.
  • Contributing Editor, Tampa Review, 2008-2010
    Assisted editors in reading heavy load of submissions for Tampa Review as well as book-length manuscripts for the annual Tampa Review Prize in Poetry, helped organize and attended Tampa Review events, coordinated class visits with Tampa Review authors.

The New School, New York, NY
MFA in English, 2004

Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY
Bachelor of Arts in English/Philosophy, 2002
Phi Beta Kappa


  • Featured author at 2015 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, where I read from and fielded questions about my nonfiction book, PIN ACTION, in advance of a book signing.
  • Invited for appearance as part of Manhattan College’s “Major Authors Reading Series” on March 26, 2015. Read both poems and nonfiction, then held book signing for my nonfiction book, PIN ACTION.
  • Radio Show Appearance
    Featured guest on WMNF’s “Art in Your Ear” program on on Dec. 12, 2014, to discuss my nonfiction book, PIN ACTION, and to promote my book launch at Haslam’s Book Store in St. Petersburg the following day.
  • Other Words conference, Flagler University, Nov. 10-12, 2011
    Invited to speak on panel called “The Varied Voices We Hear Singing.” Panel featured four poets with dramatically different styles of composition and performance discussing differences of style and tone in contemporary poetry. Poets illustrated their points by discussing and reading from our own work.
  • Radio Show Appearance
    Featured guest on WMNF’s “Art in Your Ear” program on March 30, 2007, to discuss and read from my book, This Brevity.
  • Book Tour
    Completed a reading tour in support of This Brevity in which I held readings and book signings in cities such as Cleveland, Washington, D.C. and Tampa.


  • Nov. 2012 New York Times story, “When Thugs and Hustlers Ruled Dark Alleys,” included in Columbia Journalism Review’s “Must-reads of 2012″ list.
  • “Outstanding Faculty Member,” University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Spring 2007
  •  Poem, “Confession,” earned a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2006
  •  Winner, Best feature: “The Ghosts of Mark Roth”
    Bowlers Journal
    , Chicago, IL, 2004
  •  Member, Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon Sigma Pi, Phi Sigma Tau, Sigma Tau Delta
    Winner, Harold E. Hazleton Humanities Medal; Brother Benignus Medal for Philosophy;
    Brian S. Broderick Medal for Creative Written Expression


Editor, Bowlers Journal International, 2014-Present
Help conceive, assign and write stories on news and history within the sport of bowling.

         Bowlers Journal Writing Sample
Patty Costello: Battling the pins, the ghost of her father, and, finally, cancer

Broadcaster, Xtra Frame, Professional Bowlers Association, 2013-Present

       Xtra Frame Broadcasting Sample
       On-camera interview with PBA Tour Champion, Bob Learn Jr.

Managing Editor & Writer, States Bowling Congress, 2009-2012                 

  • Worked closely with many departments to develop content and marketing strategies, maintain editorial calendar, and enforce deadlines.
  • Wrote and edited news releases, marketing copy, technical documentation, scripts, and conducted AP-style reporting on events within organization and throughout bowling industry.
  • Wrote features that communicated organization’s story and impact to its sizable membership; performed daily research to find news leads and content relevant to organization’s values.
  •  Worked with several different content management systems to publish and manage massive amount of news and marketing content on a website that serves organization’s nearly two-million paying members and attracts 250,000 unique visitors per month.
  • Trained employees and wrote instruction manual on how to use CMS.
  • Kept a can-do, open-minded attitude that embraced a broad range of challenges, writing styles and technologies, including HTML, Photoshop, and Audacity podcasting software.
 Writing Sample
         Stories of Determination and Courage from the AWBA




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