I work on aura, decay, ecstasy, abjection – places where the aesthetic form imagines its own collapse, where a displaced sacred might be sublimated. And I write poetry.
In 2016, I graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth with a degree in English. There I was awarded the Jonathan B. Rintels Prize for Best Thesis in the Arts and Humanities, the American Academy of Poets Prize, and the Stanley Prize for Most Innovative Paper. My undergraduate research centered on the manifestations of religion in literature, and my thesis dealt with the relationship between the aesthetic and the sacred in Decadence and twentieth-century theory.
At Oxford, I hope to examine the connection between artistic revelation and religious conversion and its manifestations in poetic language. The Ertegun Scholarship gives me the opportunity to explore ways of researching and writing between literary, religious, and creative spaces. I am profoundly grateful for its resources and people.
A native Texan, I worked at a San Francisco tech company post-graduation. After Oxford, I will begin my PhD in English at Yale.