New Fiction in Pleiades

Since I’ve largely been working on novels for the past two years, I wrote one short story last year and am absolutely delighted for it to appear in the new issue of Pleiades, a literary journal I’ve long admired. The story, “Here is Night, Brothers, Here the Birds Burn,” is about a grief-stricken man who visits the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis for a haunted tour after hearing the voices of his deceased family members on sound recordings of birds. The story appears alongside new work by Brenda Peynado, Micah Dean Hicks, David James Poissant, Matthew Minicucci, Susannah Nevison and Brian Brodeur, among others. Many, many thanks to editors Phong Nguyen and Jenny Molberg for including this story in the issue!

Reading at KGB Bar

Despite the bomb cyclone that blasted New York City this week with snow and frigid wind, CJ Hauser and I had a wonderful time this past Sunday night at KGB Bar in Manhattan. The theme was “resolutions” to kick of the new year, and we each read short pieces on this theme before both reading for the first time publicly from our new/forthcoming novels. It was a great evening – many, many thanks to Suzanne Dottino for inviting us to read!

Paperback Readings


Happy New Year, and Happy 2018! With the paperback of Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down releasing this past month, I have a few readings and events this winter including a kick-off this coming weekend at KGB Bar in New York with novelist CJ Hauser. Then later this January, I’ll be traveling to a few universities in my home state of Missouri through the Missouri Author Series. If you are in any of these cities, I look forward to seeing you! I also have a new, monthly TinyLetter publishing at the start of each month, the latest of which was sent out yesterday. Wishing you a very happy January and 2018!


As of December 19, the paperbacks of Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down are officially here! Friends and family have been kind enough to send me photos of them making their way into the world and onto bookstore shelves. The paperback cover is gorgeous – many thanks to HarperCollins for a beautiful edition! I have a few paperback readings and events coming up in January and will post the schedule shortly. In the meantime, wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

New Monthly TinyLetter

I’ll admit it: sometimes posting writing-related news on Facebook and Twitter makes me want to hide under my desk. So I’m starting a TinyLetter that feels more contained, quiet and contemplative – mostly focused on inspirations, writing process and nature, but with a bit of writing news splashed in too. Subscribe here for monthly writing and notes (and occasional birdwatching and spying on chipmunks).

Reading at Hamilton College



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



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!