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 right now I'm wrapping up the 18 draft (it's never perfect) of Notes on Orion, a memoir about me, heroin, and our son’s overdose.
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.