Shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize

My seven year old son wrote a story called “The Dark Magic of the Storm” and I wrote an essay about it, which has been shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize. Honored to be in such great company and thrilled that I’m up for a chance to visit Venice this summer to attend the Alpine Fellowship.  The theme this year is Childhood. The long list and short list for the writing competition are listed herealpine-logo-with-text_bb8.

Finalist for Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant

Both parenting and making art are more important than ever right now. I’m humbled to have been a finalist for a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Artists who are parents, PLEASE APPLY during their next grant period. And congrats to all the winners and finalists listed here.Continue Reading

Indiana Authors Award Winners at Times Square!

Not quite sure how this happened, but what a thrill to see a photograph of myself, Karen Joy Fowler, April Pulley Sayre, and Philip Gulley–this year’s Indiana Authors Award winners–up on Times Square!Continue Reading

Indiana Authors Award winner!

Over the moon to win an Indiana Authors Award! This place, which can seem so ordinary and even mundane, is full of the strange and the uncanny. And for my writing, this has been such a gift. You can read a story about the awards event here.Continue Reading

Finalist for Indiana Authors Award!

So thrilled to be named a finalist in the emerging category of the 2016 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. When I moved back to Indiana a couple years ago, it felt like coming home. And so my heart is full. The winner will be announced at the award dinner on October 29th, heldContinue Reading

“Ramona” at Best of the Net

Thrilled that Lily Hoang selected my story “Ramona” (originally featured over at American Short Fiction) for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology.  Thank you to the Sundress Publications editors for shining a light on literature that is published online.  You can explore this year’s anthology here.Continue Reading

Wonder and Worry– American Short Fiction

I had the wonderful opportunity to consider the intersections between parenting and writing–especially in terms of inescapable worry–in an essay for American Short Fiction‘s Bourbon and Milk series.  And a bonus feature: two flash fiction pieces by my sons.  You can read the essay here.Continue Reading

Can’t wait for April 30th!

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Debut-litzer Prize podcasts at Late Night Library

I really enjoyed talking with Late Night Library’s Sarah Marshall about What You Are Now Enjoying in this podcast. And Debut-litzer judge Leni Zumas discusses why she chose my book as the winner in this podcast.  Thanks again to everyone at Late Night Library for all of the amazing ways in which you support book culture!Continue Reading

Fetal Microchimerism, shout-out in The Atlantic

Thanks to Vanessa Hua at The Atlantic for including an excerpt from an essay of mine about the strange and fantastical phenomenon of fetal microchimerism. It seems that our babies never quite leave our bodies once they are born, and I’ve tried to tie that idea into thoughts about my creative process and inspiration. YouContinue Reading