Recently completed my MFA in creative writing program at the University of Houston-Victoria, submitting as my final thesis collection of original short fictions entitled Long Gone & Lost: True Fictions and Other Lies, written under the direction of UHV Profs. Diana Lopez and Beverly Lowry. I've also worked as adjunct writing/English instructor at Victoria College (2016-2018), Hardin Simmons University in Abilene (1996-1997), and Texas State University (1990-1994). And I'm a veteran print journalist, having worked newsrooms large and small since the early 1990s and currently serving as the roving reporter fir the four community newspapers in Lavaca County, including the Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, Yoakum Herald-Times, The Shiner Gazette, and The Moulton. Previous posts found me chasing stories on deadline in a dozen foreign nations and coast to coast across these United States, both as a weekly columnist for the Waco Tribune Herald (2009-2010) and associate editor of Texas Agriculture and Texas Neighbors magazines (2006-2010), where I also contributed stories to the state farm bureau's RFD-TV Network programs and the organization's statewide radio news network, Editor & Publisher of the Aransas Pass Progress and Ingleside Index (2005-2006), Managing Editor of The Sealy News (2003-2005), Reporter for the El Campo Leader News (1997-2003), and general assignments/staff writer for the Abilene Reporter News (1999-2001) and The Albany News (1995-1997).
Awards and Recognition
- 2018 Inducted to Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society for academic excellence in the University of Houston-Victoria's MFA creative writing program
- 2017 Inducted into Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society for academic excellence in the University of Houston-Victoria's MFA creative writing program
- 2016 Awarded International Papers Scholarship by former University of Houston-Victoria President Vic Morgan.
- 2010 Best Public Relations Campaign, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.
- 2009 Best Feature Story, Best News Story, Best Single Photograph, Best Video News Story, and Best Internet Feature, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.
- 2008 Honorable Mention Best News Series, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.
- 2007 Honorable Mention Best News Story, Honorable Mention Best Single Photograph, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.
- 2006 Honorable Mention Best News Story, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.
- 2005 Best News Story, Best Feature Story, Best News Coverage, Best Editorial Writing, Best Headline Writing, Best Feature Photo, Best News Photo, Best Special Section, Best Page Design, Best Advertising Campaign and the General Excellence Award, Texas Press Association, for work done as editor of The Sealy News (Sealy, Texas)
- 2001 Best Team Reporting Award, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association, for work done at the Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas)