Some New Stuff

I’ve got a new super quickie fiction called '“Imaginary Number” over at Monkeybicycle. I make a cameo as a parent down the hall. If you can get your hands on a copy of the Mid-American Review, also check out my story “You Were Raised by a Dragon,” which was the runner up in their Fineline Competition. Both these stories will be in my collection The Drum, Like the Heart, Keeps Faulty Time.

On a totally different note, if you want to hear about my fears about teaching JoAnn Beard’s “The Fourth State of Matter” and how I found a pedagogical approach that worked for me and my students, check out my essay “Teaching the Pen Breakers” over at Assay Journal.

SCRAPPLE, forthcoming 2020!

Today, I’m thrilled to announce the biggest news: I’ve just signed the contract to publish my second novel. Scrapple will be forthcoming from Braddock Ave Books in 2020, which means I’ll be promoting two books that year. I'm starting to think about where to read and everyone I hope to see along the way. Watch this space!

New Publications

I’ve got a few new pieces out in the world.

I wrote the first, a flash fiction called “Everyone Fails,” out of frustration with super hero narratives. I kept thinking about the strict limitations on character and of all the various wonderful super people who are left out. It’s now live at Lost Balloon and you can find it here.

The second is the micro-est of micro-essays and a meditation on grading papers. River Teeth has included it here on their Beautiful Things page.

Finally, my essay “The Gun That Won the West,” a meditation on Sarah Winchester and contemporary gun violence, is in the latest issue of Prairie Schooner. If you would like to get a copy for yourself, you can buy one here. My essay appears on p. 56-68.

Finally, I’m thrilled to announce that my flash fiction “Your Mother Was a Dragon” was a finalist for the Mid-American Review’s Fineline Competition and will appear in the fall issue.


I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of my first short fiction collection, The Drum, Like the Heart, Keeps Faulty Time, in spring 2020 from Bull City Press. You can learn more here:
And while you’re there, why not pick up one of their current titles? Their books are gorgeous inside and out.

Water Witch Reading, April 23 and other good news

Good news: I'll be reading at the Water Witch in Salt Lake City at 7:30 on Monday, April 23, 2018. Come get yourself a first class cocktail from the mixologist in chief.

More good news: my essay about Sarah Winchester and gun violence has just been accepted by Prairie Schooner. I'll post more information about the issue when I have it.

Best news yet: we've adopted a new puppy from Rescue Rovers! I'll be picking her up Monday to join our family. Hooray for rescue mutts!!!

Indiana Review and Cincinnati Review Online

Two great pieces of news--

1. My essay "Cunt" is in the current issue of the Indiana Review, and they've made a piece available for preview on their website. You can link to it here. It starts as a personal essay about a grad student who (I felt) overstepped his bounds, and spins out from there into a discussion of etymology, politics, and American culture. I really hope you enjoy it.

2. I have a short essay/recipe up on the Cincinnati Review's blog. It tells how I make lemon-ginger scones, but it also contains my reflections on my family and on being an immigrant's child. You can find the piece here. I also took the photo that accompanies the recipe, and so the rolling pin mentioned is the actual rolling pin in the photo. It's one of my favorite things.

I'm grateful to both these outstanding journals for the support they've shown me and these pieces.


Cincinnati Review

I am delighted to say that my story "Wooden Spoons" is in the current issue of the Cincinnati Review.  

"Wooden Spoons" tells the story of Ariel Leonard, whose estranged daughter appears on a cooking competition show. His attempts to watch his daughter's progress are stymied by the guilt-ridden memory of his wife's struggles with early-onset dementia and by the appearance of an unwanted stranger in his home, who appears to have an unknowable history all her own.