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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Want to Help Me Go to Portugal for a Writing Program? Oh, Really? Thanks!


I’ve started a YouCaring funding drive to try to get to the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, this summer. DISQUIET offers workshops, discussions with editors, excursions, community (including with Portuguese writers!), craft seminars, and more. I’ve received a partial scholarship, but I’m still missing about 3/4 of the money it would take to get me there. If you would like to help, I would appreciate it SO MUCH. (I go into more detail about the program, why I want to go, what happens with your money if I don’t get near the goal, and etc. here. You’re the best! (Sharing helps, too.)