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I’m a fiction writer and essayist in Seattle, and a 2018 NEA Literature Fellow. My pieces have won the Pearl Editor’s Prize, the Tobias Wolff Fiction Award, the Potomac Review Fiction Prize, and others, and appear in Narrative, The Millions, Salon, The Weeklings, and elsewhere. I was the librettist for four operas performed by the Houston and Seattle Operas, and the first girl to win the Washington State Geography Bee, back in ’94. Can’t top that, really.

I’m at work on a longer nonfiction project and new short fiction—all stories that won’t leave me alone, time and sleep be damned.

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Publications

Online

“People in Your Situation” / Literary Mama (2016)
When You Can No Longer Talk about It, You Have to Sing” / Narrative Magazine (2016)
“Wild Blackberries: On Food, Family and Finding Home” / The Weeklings (2015)
“Dispatches From the Content Factory: On the Rise and Fall of the New Creative Class” / The Millions (2015)
“My Dead Brother’s Son” / Salon (2013)
“What We Eat, Where We Live” (excerpt) / Pearl Magazine – Editor’s Prize winner (2011, also in print)
“Donation” / Pebble Lake Review (2009)
Looking for the Post-Gay: New Frontiers in Queer Fiction” / Gulf Coast (2009, also in print)

In Print

“Alaska” / CALYX (2012)
“SPN” / The Bellingham Review – Tobias Wolff Award winner (2010)
“Putting Girls on the Map” / New Ohio Review (2010)
“The Girls” / Quarterly West (2009)
“Beauty and Health for Life” / The Potomac Review – Fiction Award winner (2009)

Press & Other

“The Hell with Grants” / The Stranger: group interview and article on the Made at Hugo House program (2013)
“The Next Big Thing” interview / thanks to my fellow writer and friend, the kick-ass Laurie Cedilnik, for putting up this bit about my wildly in-progress novel
“A Way Home” / Opera Southwest: article about and clips of the opera, which first appeared at the Houston Grand Opera (2012)
“Our Earth” / Seattle Opera: information about this cycle of children’s operas (2013)

About

I write fiction, nonfiction, and copy. My story collection was a finalist for the 2010 Bakeless Literary Prize, and my pieces have won the Pearl Editor’s Prize, the Tobias Wolff Fiction Award, the Potomac Review Fiction Prize and an Inprint Barthelme Memorial Nonfiction Award. My work appears in several journals including The Millions, Salon, The Weeklings, CALYX, Quarterly West, New Ohio Review, Bellingham Review, the Potomac Review and others.

I wrote the bilingual libretto for “A Way Home,” produced by the Houston Grand Opera, and was the librettist for Seattle Opera’s “Our Earth” cycle about a Northwest watershed. I taught composition at the college level for nine years and was a long-time writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools programs. A former Made at Hugo House fellow, I’ve been a Houston Arts Alliance grant recipient, a resident at Ragdale and a Thomas J. Watson fellow.

I have a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Scripps College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Houston, where I was an editor at Gulf Coast. Besides teaching and writing, I’ve managed a feminist coffee shop, worked in my hometown’s general store, lived on Latin American coffee farms, and helped write an engineering lab magazine. For my day job, I write and plan marketing content in the tech industry. It’s pretty fun, and there are free snacks.

Raised in tiny Indianola, WA, I’m fond of the Puget Sound, pie, parentheses (it’s true) and trivia. I live in Seattle with my wife and sons.