I’m Notable: Best American Essays 2018

My essay “A Glossary of Terms,” originally published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, was listed among Best American Essays 2018‘s Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2017. The essay is also a Pushcart nominee.

I never thought I’d see my name on the same list with Jonathan Franzen or in a book with work by Leslie Jamison, Heidi Julavitz, and Rick Moody, but there it is! The BAE 2018 Notable list also includes Alexander Chee, Juliet Escoria, Nick Flynn, YiYun Li, Valeria Luiselli, Rebecca Solnit, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Julie Marie Wade, and a ton of other writers I love and admire. I’m honored and humbled that my name is listed with theirs. Hayden’s Ferry Review received a Notable Special Issue designation for Issue 60, The Marginalized and the Avant Garde issue, in which “A Glossary of Terms” appears. Congratulations to HFR, my fellow Notables, and the writers whose work appears in the anthology.

Thank you to Robert Atwan for deeming my essay Notable.

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Debut Essay Collection Coming Sept. 2019!

My manuscript, Codependence: A Novel in Essays, won Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s 2018 Essay Collection Contest, judged by Brian Blanchfield. Codependence will release as an actual book in actual stores on September 10, 2019.

I’m so excited to work with CSU Poetry Center (which has published books including Lily Hoang’s A Bestiary, James Allen Hall’s I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, and Shaelyn Smith’s The Leftovers as part of their essay contest series); honored to have won, especially after seeing the finalist and semi-finalist lists (Jill Talbot! Suzanne Scanlon! Julie Marie Wade! Adam Fagin!); and humbled that Brian picked my manuscript since his book Proxies was probably my favorite essay collection of 2017. Thank you, Caryl, Hilary, and Brian. I’m also indebted to my peers and advisors at Virginia Tech; I started writing  Codependence in Matthew Vollmer‘s 2014 Creative Nonfiction workshop, and I don’t think I could have done it without him.

Congratulations, too, to Oliver Baez Bendorf and Anne Lesley Selcer, who won the poetry competitions.

I will keep you updated here. I guess I have to start using my website more!