“North American triviality” and Lydia Davis! Awesome review of WYANE in The Coffin Factory

Thank you to Laura Isaacman over at The Coffin Factory for this great write-up about What You Are Now Enjoying.Continue Reading

WHAT YOU ARE NOW ENJOYING in my local newspaper

A huge thank you to Rebecca Schwab at The Observer for putting together this beautiful piece about my new collection.Continue Reading

Interview @Riding Bitch

My friend Niva Dorell Smith has a beautiful blog about motorcycles, grief, pitbull puppies, writing, and joy.  You should definitely check out Riding Bitch. Niva was kind enough to interview me for her Industry Friday Series.  You can read the piece here.Continue Reading

The Neuroscience of Forgetting (and of Never Letting Go)

Confession: I often forget what I’ve read.  Consolation: It’s neuroscience! And it really stays with me–all of it! Thanks to Ron Hogan over at Beatrice for featuring my essay on fiction and forgetting in his Selling Shorts series. You can read it here.Continue Reading

A conversation about my midwestern roots over at Midwestern Gothic.

Maybe my stories are strange because of where I’m from–the intense mystery of heat lightning and crouching beneath a utility sink in the basement as a tornado roars by… I love the idea that the place where I grew up could be shaping the emotional landscapes of my stories.  Thanks for helping me think throughContinue Reading


Steve Himmer over at Necessary Fiction was kind enough to ask me to compile research notes for What You Are Now Enjoying.  I’m obsessed with this murky wonder of exactly what “creative research” might be, and so I had a lot of fun with this essay. The piece opens with: Here’s the mess I gotContinue Reading

Casualties of Grace

Thank you to Writer Unboxed for featuring an essay in which I try to tackle one of the most common complaints of my writing students: that I assign such sad stories for our reading.  Why do we write such sad stories? You can read the essay here.Continue Reading

A Homebrewer’s Guide to What You Are Now Enjoying

Thank you to Lori over at The Next Best Book Blog for featuring an essay that I wrote with my homebrewing husband, in which we pair craft beers with the stories in my book.  My favorite excerpt, my husband taking on the perfect beer for Wonder Woman: Screw that–Wonder Woman would break your face withContinue Reading

What You Are Now Enjoying on Book Addict’s Guide to Good Books blog

Thrilled to see What You Are Now Enjoying listed on Eric Forbes’ Book Addict’s Guide to Good Books blog as a 2013 Literary Highlight alongside Karen Russell and George Saunders. And there’s some Joyce Carol Oates on there, too. Grateful that my strange stories have such awesome company in 2013. You can see Eric Forbes’Continue Reading

Thoughtful, cool review of Copper Nickel 18 and “My Husband’s House”: cans of beer, infidelity, and six-foot-long nest-guarding male catfish

Thank you to Mary Florio at New Pages for this great review of the most recent issue of Copper Nickel and my story “My Husband’s House,” which is also in my story collection, What You Are Now Enjoying.  This story, with its cans of beer and infidelity and six-foot-long nest-guarding male catfish, has been nearContinue Reading