Once I began taking my writing seriously, I entered the MFA program at Columbia University where I wrote a pitifully bad novel and tackled a ruck of books I'd never read but liked to quote; The Baron in the Trees (Calvino), all sorts of stuff by Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow's Seize the Day (A+!), The Wait, The Interloper (Borges), Nowhere Man (Alexsandar Hemon), Notable American Women (Ben Marcus), Chekhov, Alice Munro, and for the sake of full disclosure and a good nub of humility, Pride and Prejudice. (yes, that would be true.)
At Columbia, I received the Felipe P. De Alba fellowship, taught undergraduate fiction, and discovered how much I love teaching. My poetry and narrative non-fiction has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, and one of my stories was a finalist for a Narrative spring prize.
Recently, my debut novel, Can You See Anything Now? won Christianity Today's best fiction of 2018, and A Prayer for Orion, a memoir about my son’s heroin overdose, will hit the shelves in January.
I live in West Chester, PA with my writer-philosopher-preacher husband, and we have three adult children who are more awesome than everyone else in the world. We pray for them every night.