Back in June, my story “Keeping” was selected by the editors at The Missouri Review for the 2020 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. In this video, I read from the story and respond to questions from the contest editor, Bailey Boyd.
This past year I’ve been writing and revising stories about the human impacts of our ongoing ecological crisis: a petroleum geologist coming to grips with his culpability for climate change and man-made earthquakes, an environmental lawyer searching for the source of an invasive plant species, a beekeeper facing colony collapse. I like to think I’m […]
About once a year, I take a fiction writing workshop through Harvard University’s Extension School. This fall, I observed something I hadn’t seen in previous years: many of the writers in the class seemed not to identify much with the flawed characters we encountered in stories by writers like Junot Diaz, Mary Gaitskill, and T. […]
I was excited to learn today that my story “All at Sea” has been chosen by Glimmer Train as a finalist for its Short Story Award for New Writers (September/October 2017). The story draws on the many conversations I had with my friend Abi about what it was like to seek romantic fulfillment as a woman living […]
Today I’m working on a second draft of a story about a librarian who catalogs the lives of Tibetan saints and spends his off-work hours at a dive bar. At the bar he meets a woman he initially finds repulsive, but then warms to. That part of the story was partly inspired by a classic […]