February 12, 2018

Honored to learn that my short story collection, WHERE DOES IT HURT, was selected as a semi-finalist for The Iowa Short Fiction Award.



January 13, 2017

Excited to head to the Wassaic Project in upstate New York for a residency this month. 



December 14, 2017

‪For the end of the year, BOMB Magazine asked contributors to share books that helped us process 2017 for their annual series, "Looking Back." Here’s what we said about this year's reading (and what I said, is also copied below):


I reread Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) and then picked up Emma Cline’s The Girls (Knopf) to think about the past that led us here, to ponder my own faulty assumptions and naïve beliefs that made it impossible for me to see the results of the 2016 election in advance. Unlike Joan Didion, who says she, “can never cut through the ambiguities and second starts and broken resolves to the exact place on the page where the heroine is no longer as optimistic,”in “Goodbye to All That” I can. It was the election and the realization that parts of America really do hate women this much. Re-reading Joan Didion also reminds me that though the world is terrible and people can be awful, it is also cyclical—things come and go. Evolution is not linear, but more of a jagged push-pull plate tectonic, where something must be shattered in order for progress. What we can’t allow is to be shattered in response or shattered in our resolve.

I saw Emma Cline read from The Girls this past June in a small church on Cuttyhunk Island, and an older gentleman asked where the men were in her book. Ms. Cline smiled and replied, “At every one of my readings, a man asks that question.” Then her voice grew firm, fierce, and she dropped her smile as she said, “It’s called The Girls.” Things may be swinging backwards in every direction, but younger people aren’t having it, and the passage of time and the cyclical nature of things means if we resist, if we refuse to allow the openings and rights gained to be shut down, then progress can still be made with clearer eyes for the knowledge of what is and of what has been."


September 15, 2017

I've been awarded a residency at the Wassaic Project in upstate New York. Looking forward to working on my second novel-in-progress manuscript there this coming January.


May 20, 2017

I'm looking forward to reading Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" along with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Monique Truong, Adam Haslett, Micah Garen, Marie-Hélène Carleton, John Hockenberry and others in celebration of the artistic spirit and to raise money for the Waterfront Barge Museum, the ACLU, PEN America, the NEA, and Sunny's Bar. Organized by ScreeningRoom, the reading will take place on the historic Waterfront Barge at 290 Conover Street in Red Hook. The reading will begin at 5:30PM with an after party at Sunny’s Bar. Suggested donation: $20 


March 1, 2017

I'm very excited to learn I've been given a scholarship to attend the Cuttyhunk Island Writers' Residency this June. Looking forward to working on my second novel-in-progress while there.


December 20, 2016

Check out my interview with generous, witty, wise Margot Livesey at Necessary Fiction about the ways in which childhood influences can still hold an unexpected grip, how guns can be a catalyst for action, American exceptionalism, female ambition, and her interest in reluctant narrators amongst other topics related to her new novel Mercury.


June 14, 2016

Check out my interview with the always brilliant Helen Phillips about her latest novel, her recent story collection, letting plot emerge from images, writing as a collaboration between her and the reader, and doppelgängers amongst other things at Necessary Fiction.

May 1, 2016

My latest author interview, with Patrick Dacey, is up at Necessary Fiction.

October 13, 2015

My interview with Patricia Park about her novel RE JANE is up on Necessary Fiction's website.


March 1, 2015

My flash fiction story "Green" is included in the anthology Microchondria II: 42 More Short Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store.  You can choose between one of four lovely covers, including this one by Sarah Pruski:


November 6, 2014

The lovely and talented Heidi Durrow talked to me about her novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, her Mixed Remixed festival, NaNoWriMo, writer’s block, and fiction’s role as a socially engaged activity. Regarding writer's block, she quotes the poet William Stafford, "[I]f you get stuck, lower your standards and keep going! That’s the hardest thing to do, but it’s so right. You can’t revise what you haven’t written down, and it’s through the revision that the real writing starts to sing." 



October 21, 2014 

Pamela Erens and I discuss her stunning novel The Virgins, the tensions between adults and children, the conflict between outward appearances and inner realities, human desire, and the importance of editing and influence in writing. "Maybe just as all storytellers are sadists, they’re also judges."



September 18, 2014

I interviewed the super talented and wise Celeste Ng whose exquisite debut novel EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU came out in June. "I think this is a fascinating paradox—the adults can understand, but can’t see clearly; the children can see clearly, but can’t understand—and such a rich area to explore in fiction."  Read the interview here:



August 7, 2014

I interviewed charming Marie-Helene Bertino about her witty, magical debut novel, 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas:



July 10, 2014

I had the good luck to interview the lovely, wise Rebecca Makkai about her new novel, The Hundred-Year House, and other craft related topics for Dead Darlings, a website about all things novel writing.  Read the interview here: