I’m a writer, and writing coach.

My book of essays, Souvenir,  and a poetry collection, Immortal Village, were published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. I’m also the author of Near Breathing, a memoir, and editor of the anthology Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis. My work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and elsewhere.

The recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in nonfiction and a fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, I’m a Professor of English at Gettysburg College, where I teach creative writing. I’ve also taught for decades in MFA programs and open-enrollment workshops, and I’ve mentored dozens of writers to MFA full scholarships, national prizes, and book contracts at the university and trade press levels. My degrees are a BA (Humanities) and MA (The Writing Seminars) from the Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

See the writing coach page for my full workshop teaching experience, and an invitation to work one-on-one.  In the field of nonfiction, one specialty has been on writing about traumatic experience, so see that page if it’s of interest.

Right now, I’m working on a book of essays and several screenwriting projects. With my sister, Cecily Rhett, I wrote a Hallmark Mystery Movie, “Abracadaver,” in the Crosswords mystery series, that was named by Parade Magazine as one of the top 30 Hallmark movies of all time.

Main page photos were taken by my dad, Haskell Rhett.