Faculty & Staff

As an army brat, I grew up all over the U.S. and the world, but I graduated from Parkway West High School in 1989.  I earned a BS (1993) and MA (1995) in English at Truman, and then earned a Ph.D. in English (2000) at the University of Lousiana at Lafayette.  I taught at Truman for a year as the Huenemann lecturer and I taught for the University of Missouri-Columbia English department for seven years.

I 've been married to Melissa Blagg-Holcomb, professor of Nursing, since 1993.  My kids are Will (born 1994) and Robin (born 1998).  My dad is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and my mom is a retired Special Education teacher.

A favorite quote: Living is no laughing matter:/ you must live with great seriousness/like a squirrel, for example...(Nazim Hikmet, "On Living")