My book publications—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—include the novels The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan and Sleep; a collection of creative nonfiction, Born Southern and Restless; two short fiction collections; and four poetry collections, of which the most recent is Quizzing the Dead. Individual stories and essays have appeared in Agni Online, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Other Voices, American Letters & Commentary, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and The Fairy Tale Review.
I have received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a California Artist Fellowship and writing residences from, among others, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Other awards include the Chelsea award for fiction and the New Letters award for essay. Previously I have taught writing at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, at San José State University, at writing conferences in Florida, New York and California, and privately. In teaching I focus on helping students shape compelling narratives driven by conflict, on treating revision as our friend, and on successfully transferring the truths we carry in our heads onto the page.