2020 (expected) Master of Fine Arts, Poetry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
2013 Master of Fine Arts, Fiction, Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington, VT
2007 Bachelor of Arts, English and Creative Writing, New School University, New York, NY Magna Cum Laude
AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND RESIDENCIES
2018 Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize
2018 Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Laugarvatn, Iceland, residency in fiction
2016 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Scholarship Staff, fiction
2016 Millay Colony, Artist-in-Residence, fiction
2016 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, scholarship in fiction
2016 Grand Marais Art Colony, Visiting Artist, fiction
2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, prose ($9,700)
2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Scholarship Staff, fiction
2015 Ucross Foundation, Artist-in-Residence, fiction
2015 Vermont Studio Center, Partial-fellowship, fiction
2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Work-study Scholar, fiction
ADDITIONAL JURIED AWARDS
2018 Haleakala National Park Artist-in-Residence Program, finalist
2017 The Anderson Center, Jerome Artist Residency, fiction, unable to attend
2017 Disquiet Literary Contest, Scholarship, Lisbon, Portugal, poetry residency, unable to attend
2017 Key West Literary Seminar, Writer-in-Residence, unable to attend
2017 Tofte Lake Emerging Artist Program 2017, fiction residency, unable to attend
2017 Artist at Pine Needles Science Museum of Minnesota Residency, finalist
2017 Haleakala National Park Artist-in-Residence Program, finalist
2016 The Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts, interdisciplinary fiction commission, finalist
TEACHING, ARTS ADMINISTRATION, EDITORIAL
2017-present instructor of creative writing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2016 editor, University of Minnesota Law School Institute on Crime and Public Policy, Minneapolis, MN
2016 first round selection reader, Sarabande Books Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, Louisville, KY
2015–present teaching artist, creative writing, The Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN
2014 -present broadside editor, mail-mentor, Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, St. Paul, MN
2013-2014 manuscript reader (volunteer), proofreader (freelance), Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, MN
2013–present program manager, The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN
2011–present teaching artist, creative writing, The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN
2005-2006 script coverage, Focus Features. New York, NY
2005–2006 script coverage, Cine Mosaic Films. New York, NY
SELECT READINGS, PUBLIC EVENTS, AND SERVICE TO PROFESSION
April 19, 2018 @ The Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN. ArtWords contest winner reading. Award recipient reading.
March 7, 2018 @ The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN. Poetry Out Loud State Semifinals. Performance Judge.
September–April, 2018 @ The Minnesota State Arts Board, St. Paul, MN. Artistic Evaluator, Operating Support.
November 4, 2017 @ The Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN. "North Shore Readers and Writers Festival." Presenter.
May 12, 2017 @ Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. “The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read.” Reading.
December 1, 2016 @ The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN. Artist Initiative Reading.
October 21, 2016 @ Fox Egg Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. “The New Shit Show.” Reading.
June 4, 2016 @ Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN. Reading.
May 16, 2016 @ Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN. The Loft Literary Center Presents: Ada Limón in conversation with Joan Vorderbruggen. Moderator.
October, 28, 2015 @ NYU Bookstore, New York, NY. The Best Small Fictions of 2015. Reading.
August, 17, 2015 @ Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Ripton, VT. Reading.
April 9, 2015 @ AWP, Minneapolis, MN. “AWP Women’s Caucus.” Presenter.
November 16, 2014 @ Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins School For Humanities in Medicine, Rochester, MN. Regional Arts in Healthcare Symposium. “Building Community Through Storytelling.” Presenter.
September, 2014 @ UNESCO 2015 International Cities of Literature Twin Cities Literary Audit, Minneapolis, MN. Contributor.
August 19, 2014 @ Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Ripton, VT. Reading.
August, 2015 @ Lanesboro Arts Artist Residency Program, Lanesboro, MN. Multidisciplinary Jury Member.
April 11, 2014 @ Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN. Reading.
April 2014 @ The 26th Annual Minnesota Book Awards, St. Paul, MN. Final Round Prose Judge.
July–August, 2013 @ Hennepin Theater Trust, Minneapolis, MN. “Made Here” Marquee Poetry Contest. Judge.