I am a writer and teach.

I was a Stegner Fellow in Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program.  I have an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. in English with a creative dissertation from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where I was a Spivey Fellow.  I was a Visiting Professor at the University of North Dakota for 2011-2012 and was also guest fiction editor for the North Dakota Quarterly.

My creative nonfiction, stories, and poems have been published in The SunThe Missouri ReviewThe Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Southern Indian Review and others.  My work has been anthologized several times, twice in Best New American Voices: in 2003, edited by Joyce Carol Oates and in 2009, edited by Mary Gaitskill, and in Steve Eliott’s Politically Inspired Anthologies. I have also published essays in the Rumpus.net and reviews. “The Fantome of Fatma” won the Missouri Review’s Editor’s Prize. “The Storekeeper” was selected for a Margolis Prize in Creative Nonfiction.  I have been awarded a number of residency-fellowships including the Stanford Resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France and MacDowell and Ucross fellowships.