The year is 1754. Reverend Francis Gastrell bought and tore down the house that William Shakespeare lived and died in — New Place. Now, he wants to own the bones of the Bard himself. Scarlet Leaf Review, June 2020. (Also adapted into a short play, “Owning Shakespeare“) short story
A medical student’s studies take her outside her comfort zone and into the theatre. Adelaid Literary Magazine, Issue 33, February 2020, short story.
When his grandmother dies, a man is forced to sell off her estate, piece by piece. Furtive Dalliance, Issue 2, June 2018. Short Story.
A couple gets divorced because of the wife’s alternative personality — her fist. The Breakroom Stories (audio journal), January 2018. Short Story. (YouTube: “The Fist”)
Going on a date doesn’t always turn out the way you’d expect. The Bookends Reviews, January 2018. Short Story.
Klara and Jeff are on their first date. When they’re accosted by two teenagers, Klara and Jeff have a defining moment. Short Story (Adapted into a ten minute play, 2019)
Parenting is hard. Carpooling is harder. Down in the Dirt Magazine, Scars Publications, online: February 2017. Short Story. Print: September 2017. (The volume was named after my short story: Vol. 149, Carpool.)
A boy watches his best friend’s family self-destruct. So It Goes (The literary journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library), November 2016. Short Story.
The intimate connection between infidelity and baseball. Across the Margin, September 2016. Short Story. (Recognized as one of fifteen “finest fiction” publications in Across the Margin, 2016.)
Two strangers meet on a commuter train and wish the other could solve their problems. Spelk, July 2016. Flash Fiction. (Adapted into a 1 minute play)
What if you woke up one day with a perfect body in bed with the man of your dreams? The Avenue, June 2016. Print. Short Story
Communication is easy when you speak the same language. Right? Johnny America, February 26, 2016. Short Story
Quintessence 3, 2005, Short Story. (Adapted into a short play, She Fed the Devil)
When a woman learns she’s pregnant, she contemplates what being a woman means. Quintessence 2, 2004, Short Story.
Twenty years after her best friend died, a woman tries to write to his mother to say she hasn’t forgotten about him. Quintessence 1, 2003, Short Story.
Blogs, Social Media, and YouTube
Indiana Playwrights Circle
Letters to Shakespeare
Rat’s Ass Review, online April 2017, poems chronicling the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. Poem.
Quintessence 3, 2005, Poem
Quintessence 3, 2005, Poem
Quintessence 3, 2005, Poem.
The Incandescent Jungle, 2001, Poem.
RSC Troilus and Cressida 2018
RSC Macbeth 2018
RSC Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra 2017
Henry VI, Part II
- “Hubert’s Encounters with the Succession in Shakespeare’s King John,” Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, 9 (March 2018): 29-43.
- “Hamlet, Art, and Apoptosis: The Shakespearean Artwork of Julie Newdoll,” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, 17.4 (2015): 540-58. (Images of Newdoll’s Shakespeare work can be found here.)
- “The Liminal Space between Feminism and Misogyny: Introducing Playwright Nina Raine’s Rabbit,” Studies in the Humanities, 41.1&2 (March 2015): 192-208.
- “A Conversation with Nina Raine, April 5, 2014” (Interview); Studies in the Humanities, 41.1&2 (March 2015): 209-234.
- “Resurrect Your Darlings: Falstaff’s Death(s), Resurrection(s), and Lasting Influence,” Shakespeare Newsletter, 63.3 (Spring 2014): 97-100.
- Synopsis of Henry IV, Part One (2700 words). Companion to Shakespeare. Facts on File Press, 2012.
- Character List for Henry IV, Part One (800 words). Companion to Shakespeare. Facts on File Press, 2012.
- Character entries for all speaking roles in Shakespeare’s Richard II; Henry IV, Part One; Henry IV, Part Two; and Henry V (120 characters; 100-300 words per entry). Dictionary of Literary Characters, edited by Michael Sollars, Facts on File, 2010.
Conference and Invited Presentations
- “‘…sadism’s really a twisted empathy’: Ways of Seeing Revenge and Justice in Nina Raine’s Consent,” (presented paper) PAMLA Conference, November 2017.
- “Humoring the Body Politic: Kings and Humors,” (presented paper) in conjunction with Hackelmeier Memorial Library’s exhibit, “And There’s the Humor of It”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, Marian University, October 2017. PowerPoint associated with the talk can be found here: Humoring the Body Politic: Kings and Humors (PowerPoint).
- “One Last Kiss for Karl,” (short story published in So It Goes, the literary journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library) Reading at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Indianapolis, IN, November 2016.
- “Hubert’s Encounters with the Succession in King John,” (presented paper) Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, Dayton, OH, October 2016.
- “The Trouble with Partial Continuity: Close Reading and The Hollow Crown,” Shakespeare Association of America seminar on Close Reading, March 2016.
- “Profound Mimesis: A Defense of Literature,” Last Lecture Series, Marian University, December 11, 2015. Last Lecture Transcript
- “Whoring Shakespeare: The Commodification of the Bard.” Shakespeare Association of America seminar on Marxist Shakespeare, April 2015.
- “‘A Brave Judge’: Hotspur’s Role in the Prodigality Narrative.” Shakespeare Association of America seminar on Judgment in Shakespeare, April 2014.
- “Resurrect Your Darlings: Falstaff’s Death(s), Resurrection(s), and Lasting Influence,” (presented paper) PAMLA Conference, November 2013.
- “Shakespeare’s (Un)Natural World: Henry VI, Part 3,” (invited paper presentation) Scholar’s Presentations, Marian University, October 2013.
- “Rabbits, Ducks, or Janus? Generational Implications and Henry V,” Shakespeare Association of America seminar on Henry V, March 2013.
- “Reclaiming Women’s Pleasure in The Vagina Monologues,” (invited paper presentation) Dinner and Discussion, sponsored by Gender Studies, Marian University, January 2013.
- “Julie Newdoll’s Painted Series Shakespeare: The Mirror Up to Science: Hamlet, Apoptosis, and the Mise en Abyme,” (invited paper presentation) Scholar’s Presentations, Marian University, January 2013.
- “‘Thy Digressing Son’: Debt and Prodigality in Shakespeare’s Henriad,” (presented paper) Midwest Modern Language Association, Shakespeare panel, November 2012.
- “Julie Newdoll’s Painted Series Shakespeare: The Mirror Up to Science: Hamlet, Apoptosis, and the Mise en Abyme.” Shakespeare Association of America seminar on Shakespeare and the Plastic Arts, Boston, April 2012.
- Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in St. Louis, MO, attended, November 2011.
- “Being a Woman,” Moon News Bookstore, Creative Writer’s reading night, Half Moon Bay, California, February 2008
- “Eight Drafts of a Letter Never Sent,” Moon News Bookstore, Creative Writer’s reading night, Half Moon Bay, California, September 2007.
- “In the Absence of a Translator,” Moon News Bookstore, Creative Writer’s reading night, Half Moon Bay, California, February 2007.
- “Engendered Narratives: Gertrude and Ophelia’s Narrative Contributions in Hamlet,” (presented paper) Women in Creativity Conference at Marquette University, March 2005.
- “The English and French Polemic: Shakespeare’s Henry V,” (presented paper) MMLA Conference in St. Louis, MO, November 2004.
- “Do-s and Don’t-s: A Chronicle of Teaching Shakespeare to Freshmen Non-English Majors,” (presented paper) Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, February 2003.
- “Revelation of Self in Marsha Norman’s ‘Night Mother and Getting Out,” (presented paper) Indiana State University Research Showcase, Terre Haute, April 2002.
- “Revelation of Self in Marsha Norman’s ‘Night Mother and Getting Out,” (presented paper) Always on Friday Lecture Series: “Outstanding Student Papers.” Indiana State University Department of English, April 2002