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Reading at Hamilton College

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This week, I celebrated two months of living in New York state and joining the faculty at Hamilton College by having the great pleasure of reading for the Department of Literature and Creative Writing‘s fall event series. It was a really wonderful evening just before students and faculty take off for fall break this week, and I’m very grateful to my colleague Tina May Hall for organizing a fantastic event.

This break will find me tinkering and poking around in the beginnings of a new fiction project, as well as exploring the Adirondacks for the first time (and its gorgeous fall leaves). Happy autumn!

Best Small Fictions 2017

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The Best Small Fictions 2017 is here, and it’s absolutely gorgeous! I’m delighted for my work to be included among flash-fiction pieces by Allegra Hyde, W. Todd Kaneko, Stuart Dybek, and many others. I’m very grateful to series editor Tara Masih for including my work, and to guest judge Amy Hempel for selecting my short piece. “A Personal History of Arson,” which was initially published in Puerto del Sol in 2016, received nice special mention in this weekend’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of the anthology. Delighted to be included in this beautiful volume of flash fiction!

An Elegy for Mathematics Re-Release

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I’m thrilled and grateful that following the closure of Origami Zoo Press, a beloved publisher that released my chapbook in 2013, Bull City Press has re-released An Elegy for Mathematics complete with a new story. Many thanks to editor Ross White for taking on this project, along with chapbooks from other OZP authors including Laura Van Den Berg, BJ Hollars, Lena Bertone and Ben Hoffman. Thank you as well to editor Rebecca King Pierce and Sam Martone for publishing the original chapbook and editing the reissue. I’m very excited to be part of the Bull City Press family!

It has been a busy summer with a cross-country move these past few weeks, but I’m also very excited to have had the chance to interview Jac Jemc about her new novel, The Grip of Itfor The Rumpusas well as Molly Patterson about her debut novel, Rebellion, for Vol. 1 Brooklyn. These are both such intricate and well-crafted novels, and I so loved both of them. Congrats to Jac and Molly!

Sewanee Writers’ Conference Reading

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I’ve had the great pleasure of attending the Sewanee Writers’ Conference these past two weeks as a Walter E. Dakin Fiction Fellow, where I’ve met so many amazing writers and kind people and been inspired by their work as I begin to build my next fiction project. As a Fellow, I had the chance to read the opening pages from Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down this week, which was workshopped here three years ago. Given the novel’s beginnings here at Sewanee, it was a special treat to have the chance to read from it here. I had the privilege of reading alongside Fellows Bryan Hurt and Chelsea Woodard, two incredibly talented writers and friends. I’m grateful to Wyatt Prunty, Adam Latham, Megan Roberts and the entire staff at Sewanee for providing me the opportunity to participate in this wonderfully inspiring conference.

Essay in Prairie Schooner

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I’m very excited to have an essay, “How to Breathe in Deep Space,” in the Summer 2017 issue of Prairie Schooner. The issues arrived in the mail yesterday, and I’m thrilled to share pages with my friend Brenda Peynado, who has a story in this issue, as well as with many other fine writers. This essay is about moving from Cincinnati to Ohio and is patterned after old NASA manuals for breathing apparatuses in space exploration. Many, many thanks to the editors at Prairie Schooner for including my work in this beautiful issue.

Second Novel Forthcoming!

I am thrilled to announce that my second novel, Utah, is forthcoming from William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2019. This novel is dear to my heart, a book about two sisters – one a former NASCAR driver and the other a falconer just released from prison – who take to the road from Illinois to Utah to attend their mother’s funeral, a former paleontologist who has left them geocached clues at multiple sites along their route to ease their grief and help them find their way. Complicating their journey are a series of plane crashes that have been occurring around the world as the climate shifts, forcing them to take their journey by car. For me, this is a book about the earth, and a book about women being where they’re not supposed to be. I’m so gratetul to my agent, Kerry D’Agostino, for providing me the chance to work with HarperCollins again, and I’m so excited to work with Jessica Williams at William Morrow. The photo below is from my own solo road trip last summer to Arches, Canyonlands, Salt Lake City and the Spiral Jetty to research the book.

Happy summer!

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