jonathan (at) niles-gill.com
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction), University of Houston
One of the leading cultural institutions in Texas and the Southwest, the U of H Creative Writing Program offers poets, fiction writers, and non-fiction writers intensive training in both creative writing and literary studies. Publications such as Poets and Writers and US News and World Report have consistently ranked it among the very best in the nation. A three-year MFA program.
Bachelor of the Arts, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
Summa cum laude
Major: Writing; Minor: Film
The nationally acclaimed Susquehanna University Writers’ Institute is a comprehensive major for writers. It offers introductory and advanced courses in the practice of most forms of creative writing, as well as surveys providing a strong grounding in literature and criticism.
TEACHING AND TUTORING EXPERIENCE
Instructor (Full-Time), Pasco-Hernando State College East Campus, Dade City, FL
CRW 2001/2002/2003: Creative Writing I, Creative Writing II, Creative Writing III
ENC 1101: English Composition I
ENC 1102: English Composition II
FIL 1000: Introduction to Film
SLS 1501: College Success Skills
Other service as a full-time faculty member at PHSC included: faculty advisor to award-winning, student-run literary and arts magazine Möbius; faculty sponsor for student Writing and Art Club; three-time regional judge for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Poetry, Short Story, and Essay contests; Academic Success Center tutor for English and Writing; Faculty Senate Mentoring Committee; East Campus Safety and Security Committee; English Instructor Screening Committee; Community Awareness Series Committee; eCertification for online teaching.
Adjunct instructor, Pasco-Hernando Community College West Campus, New Port Richey, FL
ENC 1101: English Composition I (7 sections)
ENC 1102: English Composition II (4 sections)
Instructor (Teaching Assistantship), University of Houston
ENGL 3330: Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 2307: Dramatic Literature (2 sections)
ENGL 1304: Rhetoric and Composition II (2 sections)
ENGL 1303: Rhetoric and Composition I (4 sections)
Served as sole instructor and grading authority for all sections; edited and assessed writing in multiple disciplines in person and online; designed syllabi, selected materials for inclusion, developed skills in regular professional development sessions; collaborated in editing groups and consulted in one-on-one editing conferences.
Intern, University of Houston Writing Center, Houston, TX:
Studio Group Leader
Led a semester-long studio group of six graduating seniors from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, focusing on development of a full range of writing skills to a professional standard.
Consulted one-on-one with students by appointment, helping them produce academic and professional writing that is clear, concise, logical, on-task, and well-organized.
PUBLICATIONS AND CREATIVE WORK
Associate Producer and Story Supervisor, Starling, Short Film, BornWild Films
Facing a future that seems to offer no hope, a band of displaced youths must decide if they will prey on others to survive, or continue downriver toward the unknown. In production.
Producer and Story Supervisor, Cycle, Short Film, BornWild Films
A teen aging out of the foster care system, scrambling to determine his future, is suddenly interrupted by the appearance of his biological father. Cycle is an Official Selection of the 2017 Florida Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying major film festival, where it screened in competition for the Grand Jury Prize. Additional awards and laurels include, but are not limited to: Golden Gate Award, 60th San Francisco International Film Festival; Official Selection, DC Independent Film Festival 2017; Official Selection, Red Dirt International Film Festival 2017; Official Selection, Newport Beach Film Festival 2017; Official Selection, Vero Beach Film Festival 2017; Official Selection, 26th Arizona International Film Festival; Official Selection, Twister Alley International Film Festival 2017. Link: Cycle on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
The Bartholomew Highrise, MFA Thesis, University of Houston Creative Writing Program
The Bartholomew Highrise, a novel of approximately 80,000 words, is a “philosophical mystery” in the detective-fiction tradition. The novel deals with themes of anonymity, dissociation, and identity. Mass-market publication of a revised and updated version is forthcoming.
Eye Contact, Graphic Short Story, University of Houston Publications
Scripted a comic, Eye Contact, which was illustrated by Eisner Award-nominated artist Joe Infurnari and awarded a gallery showing at both the U of H Honors College and noted Houston art gallery the Joanna.
Terminus, Senior Chapbook Project, Susquehanna University
Authored this 30-page fiction chapbook containing unusual combinations of true life and the extraordinary.
“Alien Abduction Shocker! Prominent Divorce Lawyer Disappears into Thin Air,” Short Fiction, RiverCraft Magazine
“Stokes Cottage,” Short Creative Nonfiction, Essay Magazine
EDITORIAL AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Fiction Editor, The Susquehanna Review
Assembled and screened fiction submissions to this national literary magazine, supervised reading board, judged their input, and rated and ordered candidates for final inclusion.
Reading Board Member/Copyeditor/Proofreader, Variance
Prepared, edited, and proofread all text for publication in the debut issue of this magazine, which is oriented around diversity issues. Evaluated and critiqued all submissions, and assisted in final determinations on what pieces merited inclusion and their ordering. Beyond copyediting and proofreading, also provided additional graphics and layout assistance using QuarkXPress software.
Reading board member, RiverCraft Magazine
Provided input into quality and appropriateness of fiction submissions, both as independent submissions and in combination with one another, and helped determine which would be published.
Copyeditor/Proofreader, RiverCraft Magazine
Copyedited and proofread all submissions selected for publication in this literary magazine for correctness and consistency. Compiled and formatted the corrections into the final electronic document prior to printing, and established house standards for Susquehanna University publications through this activity.
Editor/researcher, Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors (FUSE) Web Resource
Researched Web and print resources about the career paths of freelance writing and editing and formatted the results of this research into a Web page, one that is part of a larger site intended as a useful guide for interested students. At the time, it was the only resource of its type for undergraduates.
Research Assistant, Michael Cabana and Company
Served as a research assistant for several months to Mr. Cabana, a producer of documentary films based in Wilmington, DE. Researched for a film about furniture maker Gustav Stickley, a topic of longstanding interest.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Shortlisted for the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, nominated by Dr. Chitra Divakaruni
Continuation Fellowship, University of Houston
Presidential Fellowship, University of Houston
C. Glen Cambor Fellowship, Inprint, Inc.
Summa cum laude, Susquehanna University
Outstanding Student in Film Studies Award, Susquehanna University
This award represents Honors in the Film minor.
Juliet Gibson Outstanding Student Writer Memorial Prize
Chosen for this honor and financial award by judge Christian Wiman, poet, critic, and editor of Poetry.
Dean’s List (all semesters), Susquehanna University
Named to the Dean’s List for achieving a GPA of at least 3.4 each semester.
University Scholar, Susquehanna University
This honor is awarded for maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75.
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
Dean’s Scholarship (all semesters), Susquehanna University
Erik D. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship, Susquehanna University
Johns Hopkins Center for the Advancement of Academically Talented Youth State Award
Johns Hopkins Center for the Advancement of Academically Talented Youth Regional Award
PHEAA Certificate of Merit
National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation
SKILLS AND INTERESTS
Windows and macOS computing, HTML, Native American history, jeet kune do, the international intelligence community, orchestral and marching percussion, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.