“All Hazards Model” in Monkeybicycle

My flash fiction story “All Hazards Model” has been published in Monkeybicycle

I scribbled my first draft of this story during a public health nursing lecture on disaster preparedness. I didn’t do anything with those scribbles for a few years, but I loved the picture that had formed in my mind of the risk analysis expert, her tornado-alley sister, and the radioactive ground that was their childhood. I’m happy that those “class notes” turned into “All Hazards Model” and found a home in Monkeybicycle.

Creative Nonfiction in The Pinch, Issue 37.1

My story “Anatomy of an Education” is out in The Pinch Journal, Issue 37.1.

The Pinch is an award-winning and internationally recognized literary journal published biannually by the University of Memphis. Founded in 1980 under the name Memphis State Review, the journal’s name was changed to River City in 1988, and in 2005 it transitioned into The Pinch Journal (named for the historic Memphis ‘Pinchgut’ District) and expanded its focus on creative nonfiction. You can read more about it’s history here. I’m thrilled to be in a literary journal that has published the likes of Margaret Atwood, Philip Levine, Mary Oliver, Donald Justice, Adrienne Rich, Mary Gaitskill, John Updike and Roxane Gay.

I drafted “Anatomy of an Education” in 2010, during my first year in nursing school and my partner’s first year in medical school. At this time, “Anatomy of an Education” can be read in print. Issue 37.1 can be ordered here.


Glimmer Train Honorable Mention

I’m very pleased to announce that my short story Eight to Twelve Hours has received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s July/August Very Short Fiction Award contest.

Glimmer Train is one of the most respected short-story journals in print, and I am grateful to the editors for reading my work and for all the work they do.

From their email:

…we really enjoyed “Eight to Twelve Hours”!  Although it did not quite make the top-25 list, it did make it a long way through the judging process, earning you Honorable Mention, which you should note on your cover letter as you send this story back out into the world.

The Traumatized Patient – American Journal of Nursing

My essay, “The Traumatized Patient,” is out this month in the American Journal of Nursing. “The Traumatized Patient” is an essay about those patients whose trauma histories have lead to or exacerbated somatic complaints, often eclipsing that which we can easily treat with traditional western medicine. Originally drafted when I was a student nurse practitioner on one of my earliest rotations, I finished this essay a little over a year into my practice for the American Journal of Nursing‘s Reflections column.

The American Journal of Nursing is the oldest and most honored broad-based nursing journal in the world. It is considered the profession’s premier journal, and it is an honor to have my writing included in it.