JMWW Anthology

My short story “The Year She Lived on the Bus” (published in JMWW in 2017) has been anthologized in the new JMWW 2013-2022 Anthology out from Modern Times Press. You can buy a copy in paperback or e-book form here.

I’ve been involved with JMWW in various capacities (most recently as the fiction editor-of-the-month) for many years, but it still surprised me to read through the table of contents for this new anthology and see so many familiar names of amazing writers. I’m so proud to be part of this lineup, the best of a decade of JMWW.

Founded in 2002, jmww is a weekly online journal of writing—publishing the best in poetry, fiction, flash fiction, essays, and interviews. Stories published in the journal have appeared in Best American Essays, Best Small Fictions, Wigleaf Top 50, BIFFY, Best of the Net, and the VERA. The journal has also released six print anthologies and three hand-assembled poetry chapbook contest winners. This anthology picks up where the last one left off—with works from 2013 and onward picked and voted on by present and former jmww editors.”

Year in Reading – 2022

Selected 2022 Reading – I’ve put ** next to my absolute favorites


  • Brown Girls by Daphne Palasi Andreades 
  • The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold 
  • Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold
  • One Foot in the Fade by Luke Arnold
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen 
  • Hunger by Elise Blackwell**
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
  • Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close** 
  • The Smart One by Jennifer Close
  • The New Wilderness by Diane Cook**
  • The Lover by Marguerite Duras 
  • The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
  • The Upstairs House by Julia Fine**  
  • Desperate Characters by Paula Fox**
  • Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh 
  • Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding**
  • Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera
  • Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones**
  • Post Traumatic by Chantal V Johnson**
  • Intimacies by Katie Kitamura **
  • Submergence by J.M. Ledgard**
  • Be Brief and Tell Them Everything by Brad Listi 
  • No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood**
  • Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
  • Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 
  • Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben
  • Sylvia by Leonard Michaels**
  • The Men by Sandra Newman
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik**
  • The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
  • His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
  • The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi**
  • Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters**
  • I Will Die in a Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart**
  • The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade**
  • Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt**
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells**
  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
  • Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
  • Exist Strategy by Martha Wells 
  • Network Effect by Martha Wells 
  • Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
  • Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton**
  • White Horse by Erika Wurth

Short Story Collections

  • The Predatory Animal Ball by Jen Fliss
  • Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty**  


  • The Book of Atlantis Black by Betsy Bonner
  • The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras**
  • A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
  • How To Not Always Be Working by Marlee Grace 
  • Body Work by Melissa Febos**
  • What You Have Heard Is True by Carolyn Forché**  
  • The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser**
  • The Unwritten Book by Sam Hunt**
  • Bastards by Mary Anna King** 
  • Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse** 
  • The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie** 
  • Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science by Siddhartha Mukherjee 
  • And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O’Connell 
  • Three Women by Lisa Taddeo**


  • What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer**
  • I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer
  • And Yet by Kate Baer
  • The Country Between Us by Carolyn Forché  
  • The Hurting Kind by Ada Limon**
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainier Maria Rilke
  • Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers by Jake Skeets
  • What to Miss When by Leigh Stein

Zines/Chapbooks/Graphic Novels

  • An Ecotone Almanac
  • In the Fifth World: Portrait of the Navajo Nation by Adriel Heisey and Kenji Kawano 
  • Community Chest by Natalie Serber
  • James McNeill Whistler by Robin Spencer
  • Georgia O’Keeffe A Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz  

Year in Reading – 2021

I keep annual reading lists as a record for myself and I post them in invitation for fellow readers to talk about books both read and overlooked. Feel free to contact me.

I’ve put ** next to my absolute favorite reads of the year.

Selected 2021 Reading (by genre, then alphabetical by author/editor last name)


  • Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo **
  • A Separation by Katie Kitamura
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
  • Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino**
  • A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself by Peter Ho Davies
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett**
  • Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
  • Lakewood by Megan Giddings
  • The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier**
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy**
  • Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter
  • The Pisces by Melissa Broder
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu**
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai**
  • Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • Red Clocks by Leni Zumas**
  • Inferno by Eileen Myles
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney**
  • Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder**
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney


  • Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses**
  • Girlhood by Melissa Febos
  • Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault**
  • Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl by Jeannie Vanasco**
  • In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius by Arika Okrent**
  • Essays One Lydia Davis
  • White Magic by Elissa Washuta
  • The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life by Kyle Beachy
  • We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  • Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro
  • Tastes Like War by Grace M. Cho
  • Real Estate by Deborah Levy
  • Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
  • Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation by David Correia, Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Nick Estes, Melanie K. Yazzie
  • Sacred Instructions by Sherri Mitchell

Short Story Collections

  • The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans**
  • The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw**
  • Give My Love to the Savages: Stories by Chris Stuck**


  • A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
  • Whereas by Layli Long Soldier**
  • The Slow Art by Sierra Golden**
  • How to Carry Water: Selected Poems by Lucille Clifton
  • The Renunciations: Poems by Donika Kelly
  • Licorice by Liz Bruno

Zines/Chapbooks/Graphic Novels

  • Seek You by Kristen Radtke
  • Love Life by Patty Gone
  • No Self-respecting Woman by Katherine Morgan

Writer Mother Monster

Lara Ehrlich and I had a conversation on Writer Mother Monster, her “interactive interview series devoted to dismantling the myth of having it all and offering writer-moms solidarity, support, and advice as we make space for creative endeavors.” Thanks to everyone who listened live, and thanks to my partner for setting up satellite internet that would actually work for a full hour without crashing.

You can watch the interview here,

Or listen to it here or wherever you stream podcasts.

I met Lara at the Tin House Winter Workshop in 2019 and am a huge fan of her book Animal Wife from Red Hen Press. You can get a copy of Animal Wife here, or check out Lara’s website.

Year in Reading – 2020

Here are the books I’ve read during this very strange year of 2020. I keep these lists every year as a record for myself, but I post them in invitation for fellow readers to talk about books both read and overlooked. If you want to chat about these or if there are books you think I should read, please email me! Sometimes I write short notes (I hesitate to say “reviews”) over on my Goodreads page.

I’ve put ** next to my absolute favorite reads of the year.

Selected 2020 Reading (by genre, then alphabetical by author/editor last name)


  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison**
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • To the Wedding by John Berger
  • Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather**
  • Trust Exercise: A Novel by Susan Choi**
  • How to Catch a Coyote by Christy Crutchfield
  • The Maytrees by Annie Dillard**
  • Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  • The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
  • Empire City by Matt Gallagher 
  • Cleanness by Garth Greenwell 
  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
  • Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
  • Suicide Club by Rachel Heng
  • The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
  • Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane**
  • Writers & Lovers by Lily King
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  • Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
  • Sula by Toni Morrison**
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  • Weather by Jenny Offill
  • The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa**
  • Last Night at the Lobster by Steward O’Nan**
  • The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • Such A Fun Age  by Kiley Reid**
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • The Ancestry of Objects by Tatiana Ryckman
  • Self Care by Leigh Stein
  • Real Life: A Novel by Brandon Taylor**
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews
  • We the Animals by Justin Torres
  • Distant Dead by Heather Young
  • Drifts by Kate Zambreno


  • Art of Subtext by Charles Baxter
  •  A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  • On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
  • Art of Perspective by Christopher Castellani
  • All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
  • A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott
  • The Blue Jay’s Dance by Louise Erdrich 
  • Abandon Me by Melissa Febos**
  • Things That Helped by Jessica Friedman
  • The Unreality of Memory by Elisa Gabbert**
  • Make it Scream, Make it Burn by Leslie Jamison
  • In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Ongoingness by Sarah Manguso**
  • Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland **
  • No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder

Short Story Collections

  • Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
  • Animal Wife by Lara Erlich**
  • We Had No Rules by Corinne Manning**
  • Wild Milk by Sabrina Orah Mark
  • Buckskin Cocaine by Erika T. Wurth**

Lit Mags and Anthologies

  • Always Crashing Issue Three
  • The Best Small Fictions: 2019 Anthology
  • The Lascaux Review Prize Vol 6


  • Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
  • Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward**


  • One More For the People by Martha Grover
  • Claim Your Space by Minyoung Lee
  • Women at Work: Interviews from The Paris Review by The Paris Review

Short Story “Troubled Boats” in Prime Number Magazine

My short story “Troubled Boats” has been published in Prime Number Magazine. The story is one of two Editor’s Selections chosen from the finalists for the 2020 Prime Number Magazine Awards.

From the Editors:

The power of attention is both subject and style of “Troubled Boats”: what begins as the tale of a boathouse-slash-rehabilitation center for wayward watercraft becomes an ultimately human story about what it means to be Restless—and restored.

Read the story online here.

Read the announcement here.

Prime Number Magazine is a Press 53 publication, founded by Clifford Garstang and Kevin Morgan Watson in 2010.

Reading for Best Small Fictions

Last night we had a great reading at the fantastic Mother Foucault’s Bookshop in Portland, OR for the Best Small Fictions 2019 Anthology. The reading featured me, Ben McPherson Ficklin, Jennifer Fliss, Marcelle Heath, and Alvin Park.


Thanks to Mother Foucault’s for hosting us, to everyone who came out on a rainy Saturday night (on a holiday weekend!) to see us read, to my friends who came down from Seattle, and to everyone who helped to organize the event.

What a great anthology. You can still get a copy here.

Year in Reading – 2019

Here’s my annual list of the books I’ve read this year. I keep these lists in part because self-guided reading has gaps and in the past, fellow readers have reached out to talk about books both read and overlooked; if you’ve read any of these and want to chat about them, or if there are books you think I should read, please email me! Sometimes I write short notes over on my Goodreads page.

This year I’ve put ** next to my absolute favorites.

Selected 2019 Reading (by genre, then alphabetical by author/editor last name)


  • Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
  • Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
  • By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño**
  • Milkman by Anna Burns
  • My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost by Lan Samantha Chang
  • Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin**
  • Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras**
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi**
  • Bloomland by John Englehardt**
  • Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson**
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel by Rachel Khong**
  • The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
  • If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
  • At Briarwood School for Girls by Michael Knight
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee**
  • Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
  • Mercury by Margot Livesey
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • Severance by Ling Ma**
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng**
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison**
  • Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart
  • The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson**
  • The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch


  • Meander, Spiral, Explode by Jane Alison**
  • Welcome Home by Lucia Berlin
  • Dead Girls by Alice Bolin
  • The Art of Mystery by Maude Casey**
  • The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • On the Rez by Ian Frazier
  • The Word Pretty by Elisa Gabbert
  • Little Labors by Rivka Galchen
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Triggering Towns by Richard Hugo
  • The Reckonings by Lacy M. Johnson**
  • The Other Side: A Memoir by Lacy M. Johnson**
  • Dear Current Occupant: A Memoir by Chelene Knight
  • Heavy by Kiese Laymon**
  • The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy**
  • The Hidden Machinery by Margot Livesey
  • Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli**
  • An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken**
  • Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  • White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination by Jess Row**
  • Against Memoir by Michelle Tea
  • Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
  • The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang
  • Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life by Erin Wunker

Short Story Collections

  • The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018
  • Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans**
  • Half an Inch of Water: Stories by Percival Everett**
  • Florida by Lauren Groff**
  • Sing to It: New Stories by Amy Hempel**
  • No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
  • The Isle of Youth: Stories by Laura van den Berg

Lit Mags

  • American Short Fiction Volume 21 Issue 67
  • The Conium Review Vol. 7 
  • Paper Darts Vol 8
  • Sonora Review 72


  • When I Grow Up I Want To Be A List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen
  • Currents by Bojan Louis
  • My Private Property by Mary Ruefle
  • The Möbius Strip Club of Grief by Bianca Stone**
  • Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
  • Arsonist by Joaquin Zihuatanejo


  • How to Defend Yourself by Lily Padilla**
  • The White Card: A Play by Claudia Rankine**
  • How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel**

Zines/Chapbooks/Visual Art/Graphic Novels

  • Americans in Paris 1860-1900 by Kathleen Adler, H. Barbara Weinberg, Erica E. Hirshler
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy, Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges
  • Parting Gifts for Losing Contestants by Jessica Mooney**
  • Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke**
  • Aug 9 – Fog by Kathryn Scanlan


Pub Day for Best Small Fictions 2019

It’s publication day for The Best Small Fictions 2019: one hundred and forty-six short pieces of (flash) (micro) fiction, including my story Do No Harm. I’m super honored to be included in this anthology alongside so many authors whose work I admire.

The Best Small Fictions anthology, now in its fifth year, presents one hundred and forty-­six pristinely crafted pieces from an array of authors representing twenty-­six nations and six continents. These short, elliptical works are varied and edgy, sorrowful and triumphant, provocative and visionary. The small fictions enclosed within this volume are always vibrant. They scintillate. They linger. With each story brief enough to savor at a stoplight or quick coffee break, the tales contained within 2019’s The Best Small Fictions promise to leave a mark.