News and Website Updates

The first half of 2018 has gone at a breakneck pace, and it's brought a few bits of exciting news. With all those updates, it seemed like a good time to overhaul the website. Since I last wrote here, I've published a couple of new pieces of literary criticism, along with a new short story.... Continue Reading →

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Favorite Fiction, Essays, and Poetry of 2017

Throughout the year, I had the best intentions to actually generate some material here on my blog. As a penance for missed time, I thought I'd close out the year by pointing to some favorite reads from 2017. There are two rules here: instead of the traditional "best of" lists that float around, everything on... Continue Reading →

News: Featured at Bucknell University Press

Of course, I've been neglecting the blog and my [very private] resolution about using my voice here. I'm interrupting that silence with a brief update. Recently, I've been featured at the Bucknell University Press's blog. The piece is based off an interview that Olivia Kalb, the Press's current graduate intern, conducted with me over email.... Continue Reading →

Snow Days

Writing a novel that's set in a humid, swampy summer feels otherworldly when you're snowbound. (And that's all I'll publicly say about the work-in-progress.) This has been my setup since Friday, when Winter Storm Jonas (or #Snowzilla2016, if you ask WaPo) surged into northern Virginia: sitting at my desk, slowly adding pages as the inches... Continue Reading →

Thoughts at the Public Library

Despite my best intentions, my blog has been quiet over the past few months. Sitting on the second storey of the Alexandria Public Library, I find myself considering this silence as I looked to the street below. Occasionally, a car blurs by. Tree branches bow in the breeze. The day has been cool and breezy, a necessary respite... Continue Reading →

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