My fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, The North American Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, New Stories from the South, and other publications. A short story collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. A collection of short stories, Get a Grip, recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Fiction Prize, is available from the Texas Review Press. Get a Grip was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by Baltimore Magazine, and one of the top 10 Baltimore Books by the Baltimore City Paper.
For five years, I taught creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England, where I created mini-courses for the BBC's Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. My column, "Letter from America," appears in the UK magazine, Writing in Education. Since 2008, I've taught creative writing at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. I help people make up believable lies for a living. What can I say?
I've been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, and Le Moulin a Nef in France, and I've received grants from the Maryland Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts.
I love dogs, Cheetos, and my husband Howard, though not in that order.