Writing Awards:

Finalist, Lansing Poet Laureate (2017)

Finalist, Lascaux Poetry Prize (2017) Requiem, Rwanda

Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry (2016)  Celestial Bodies

Winner, Overleaf Chapbook Manuscript Competition (2015)  Celestial Bodies

Winner, ArtPrize Anthology Competition (2015) “In the Vineyards of Teramo”

Finalist, ArtPrize Anthology Competition (2015)  “On Sending my Son to College”

Finalist, Autumn House poetry manuscript competition (2015)  An Ear for the Flame

Semi-Finalist, Press 53 poetry manuscript competition (2015)  An Ear for the Flame

Winner, first honorable mention, Fifth Annual Pat Schneider Poetry Contest (2015) “Mother, Smoking”

Winner, third place, Golden Quill Poetry Award (2015) “Second Sight”

Finalist, Golden Quill Poetry Award (2015) “Scattering Ashes at Land’s End”

Oklahoma Book Award:  Poetry (2004) Crossing the Ladder of Sun

Hungry Mind Books of Distinction Award (1995) Learning to Live in the World:  Earth Poems by William Stafford


Faculty Fellow, Michigan State University Center for Gender in Global Context (2018-2020)

Fellow, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences (2010, 2011, 2012)

Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2010)

Fellow, Banff Center for the Arts, Independent Artist Residency (2010)

Faculty Awards:

Michigan State University Excellence in Diversity Award (2006)

Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award (2003)

Lilly Teaching Fellowship  (1999-2000)