In 2017, I earned my PhD from Idaho State University in English and the Teaching of English. My interests are far-ranging and always growing. They include eighteenth-century literature, TESOL, folklore, and creative nonfiction. I hail from the Pacific Northwest, the land of the Snake and sage. Before answering the call of academia, I worked for my father, an Idaho dairy farmer. Consequently, I possess an inordinate amount of knowledge about cows, inside and out. In fact, when I was six, I sat on the root of an ailanthus tree, eating a thick peanut butter sandwich and watching a veterinarian surgically remove a roofing nail and a piece of wire from a cow's bowel. My partner and I have three sons, all of whom think they're smarter than me.