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  • Mechanical Fireflies, 2010 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize, selected by Mary Ruefle and Barrow Street Press.

  • Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry, 2010, for Black Tupelo Country.

  • Weber—The Contemporary West, The Sherwin Howard Poetry Award for the poems "Ghost Child" and "After the Storm," 2009-2010.

  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2009, in Poetry.

  • Emrys Journal Nancy Drew Taylor Award for Excellence in Poetry, 2009, for the poem “Crevice.”

  • Barton College, First-Place Prize, Poetry, 2009, for “Whirling Dervish.”

  • Black Tupelo Country, Finalist, USA Books, The National Best Books 2008 Awards, Poetry.

  • Black Tupelo Country, Finalist, ForeWord Magazine, The Book of the Year, 2008.

  • 2008 First Runner Up The Spoon River Poetry Review Editor’s Prize, for “The Art of Woods.”

  • 2008 Zoetrope: All Story Fiction Contest, 2nd Place, for “The Owl That Carries Us Away,” judged by Elizabeth McCracken.

  • Black Tupelo Country, 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Leslie Adrienne Miller and
    BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City).

  • Nominated 18 times for Pushcart Awards.