New YA Class in Asheville, NC: Writing the Young Adult Novel


Join me on Saturday, October 26th, at the Writers Workshop of Asheville in NC for a day of discussing your Young Adult novel. We’ll discuss such things as: distinguishing between YA and teen protagonists in adult fiction; making your teen experience relevant to today’s young readers; sex in YA; relevant, teen-specific details, and more. We’ll do a mini workshop, and you can bring up to 3 pages and a synopsis to review. Tickets are $75, with a discount for members, and can be purchased here:

Hope to see you in Asheville!

Winner - Porter House Review Prize for Fiction


Please forgive the extremely late announcement, but I am so thrilled to share with you that my short story “The Urg” won the inaugural Porter House Review Prize for Fiction in March 2019! I completed this story while working with Willy Vlautin and Jack Driscoll at Pacific University, and am so, so grateful for their advice, feedback, and support. I am also incredibly grateful to the team at Porter House Review, and so proud of an accomplishment that four years ago I believed impossible.

Read the “The Urg” here, but please be warned, it involves disordered eating, which may upset some readers.

New Fiction on LITRO


I am so thrilled and honored that Litro chose my newest short story, "What the River Takes," for their #SundayStory feature. Litro is one of the UK's leading arts and literary magazines, and has been a long-time dream publication for me. This story is about guilt and consequences, and feeling like you don't belong, and I'm so excited to share it with you. You can read it online here.


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This week, I was delighted to receive my contributor's copy of Issue #6 of Red Earth Reviewfrom the Red Earth MFA in Oklahama City University. I'm deeply honored that the editors chose to include my short story "The Things That Change." You can read a free version online here, or if you'd prefer to read a print copy, visit the Red Earth Review website for details about where to purchase this gorgeous journal. I'm thrilled to share my work with you!