Two Nonfiction/Journalism Pieces Now Live

I’m thrilled to have had two of my pieces recently appear online…

“My Blockbuster,” my nonfiction essay appearing on The Rumpus, takes on the “nostalgiafication” of the Blockbuster brand in contemporary media, contrasted with my experience working as a teenager in a Midwestern Blockbuster store during its last days.

“Chronic Pain, ‘Beautiful Suffering’ and the Endurance of Victorian Stoicism,” my critical commentary appearing on, explains how Victorian attitudes about pain and gender continue to dominate the stories we tell today, epitomized in the recent Invisibilia episode “The Fifth Vital Sign” (NPR podcasts).

Please read and share!

“Anonymous Donor” to appear in Alaska Quarterly Review!

I’m very excited to say that my newest short story, “Anonymous Donor,” will appear in a forthcoming issue of Alaska Quarterly Review.  I’ve admired AQR for years, so it’s thrilling to have one of my stories find a home with them.  In the meantime, be sure to check out a preview of their Spring & Summer 2016 issue by reading this moving essay, “White Horse” by Eliese Colette Goldbach.

Feb. 20 Fiction Reading at Louisville Conference

I’m very excited to be reading my fiction at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend.  I’m reading on a panel with some other great writers at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 20th.  All of the conference panels are free and open to the public.  For more information, including location and the event program, see the conference website.

Hope to see you there!

Take a Historical Fiction Online Writing Workshop with Me!

Hey, everyone!  Beginning this July, I’ll be teaching an online creative writing workshop with the Eckleburg Workshops.  I’ll be teaching Historical Fiction II: Advanced Techniques.  My O. Henry Prize Story “Good Faith” takes place in the early 20th century, and it hinged on these research/writing techniques I’ll be teaching, including a last-minute race to figure out exactly when the Oxford loafer came to the U.S.

Interested? Sign up! It starts the first Sunday of August, 2015. And please do share this far and wide, friends.  A more detailed description is below, and you can sign up here.


How do you write authentic-sounding historical fiction? Writing in a time before you were born, or even before your grandparents were born, can be a daunting task that leads writers either to flood the reader with extraneous information or leave the setting all but blank. In this four-week workshop, you will complete three new fiction prose pieces or polish one longer story based in one (or several) historical setting(s). We will study how the best writers of historical fiction practice their craft and learn how to incorporate historical research into fiction. We will focus on balancing detail with subtlety, achieving that perfect medium of authenticity. The course will begin on the first Sunday of the month, with lessons due at the end of each week, allowing you to log in at your convenience. Our forum and comment sections will give you access to peer and instructor feedback throughout each week.