I was born in the sunny Mile High City only to relocate to the equally sunny Sin City at a very young age. I grew up with family in Las Vegas and turned out pretty OK. After attending the University of Oregon in not-so-sunny Eugene, OR and graduating with a B.A. in Comparative Literature, I made my way back to Denver. There, I spent a little over two years working as a marketing specialist for a couple of different development and marketing firms. The professional experience served me well, but my craving for the intellectual and collaborative environment of the university led me to begin applying for master’s programs across North America in the winter of 2012.
In spring of 2013, I was accepted to Université de Montréal’s département d’études anglaises as a master’s candidate, and I decided that, in regard to moving forward with my education, this program and department would best suit my academic interests. So, my wife Amber and I, along with our quadruped companion Linus, packed up our lives and relocated to Montréal in summer 2013. We have now been here for several months, and little by little we’re starting to feel at home.
To briefly touch upon the academic sector of my life, my interests fall within an relatively broad spectrum. Although I enjoy a variety of literature, I have chosen to focus the majority of my intellectual energy on 20th and 21st century literature, primarily within the Americas. I am also constantly engaged in theoretical texts, some of my favorite areas of study being feminism, gender, narrative, genre, translation, and metatexts. My biggest achievement to date is the work I did for my senior thesis on Nicole Brossard: Vertiginous Spaces: Reading and Conceptualizing Space in(to) the Texts of Québécoise Author Nicole Brossard.
Thus, for the next year and a half, I will be pursuing a Master of Arts in English Studies, which will involve a project related to my aforementioned interests. By spring 2014, I will have developed a proposal for and a sample chapter of my master’s thesis, the progress of which I hope to share on this site. I wish I could say more about the project, but at this point everything is still a bit vague. If you’d like to learn a little bit more, I would suggest reading my statement of purpose.
Outside the world of literary studies, I try to stay as up to date with technology as possible. I’m constantly looking for new tools and software that will either make my life easier or encourage me to rethink the way I operate as a student, employee, writer, and human being. I feel there is a certain impetus — now more than ever — to evaluate and better understand the role that technology plays and will continue to play in our lives, and I refuse to accept that either complete rejection or complete acceptance of technology are beneficial courses of action.
On a less serious note, I have been known to indulge in (and take pride in indulging in) fine food and drink, especially beer. Having lived in Colorado, as well as the American West in general, I’ve developed a taste and appreciation for a variety of craft beer. Québec clearly holds its own in this realm, and my wife Amber and I have already made quite a dent in the offerings of the local brasserie scene. In fact, I plan on dedicating a section of this site to a “beer diary” of sorts where I hope to catalog the best and worst of the brews I’m able to get my hands on.
Now that you know a bit about me, you can find my writings, along with other items of interest (all of which will probably reveal more about me than I have been able to in these few paragraphs), scattered about this site. Additionally, you can have a look at my curriculum vitae if you’d like a more detailed, yet less wordy, summary of my past achievements. Maybe you’ll find something helpful or insightful, maybe you won’t. Regardless, thanks for taking a look.