Glimmer Train Award Finalist

I’m very pleased to announce that my short story Do No Harm was a Finalist for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award.
From their email:

…we really enjoyed “Do No Harm”! Although it did not win this time, I am happy to inform you that it did make the Top 25 list. Congratulations! (That’s the top 2 – 3% of over a thousand submissions!) Be sure to mention this achievement as you send the piece back out into the world.

I am grateful to the editors of Glimmer Train for reading my work and for all that they do. Last year I was pleased to be awarded an honorable mention, and I’m thrilled to have moved up to being a finalist this go-around.

“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.


Year in Reading – 2016

If you’ve read any of these and want to chat about them, send me a message. Sometimes I write short reviews over on my Goodreads page.

Selected 2016 Reading (alphabetical by author/editor last name by genre)

Short Stories/Collections

  • Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Phoenix by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
  • Man V. Nature by Diane Cook
  • American Innovations: Stories by Rivka Galchen
  • Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  • Love It When You Come, Hate It When You Go: Stories by Sharon Leach
  • A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
  • Nobody Ever Gets Lost by Jess Row
  • The Train to Lo Wu by Jess Row


  • Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo
  • Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo
  • The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
  • Lexicon by Max Barry
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball
  • Xenogenesis series (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago) by Octavia E Butler
  • Women by Chloe Caldwell
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forester
  • What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem
  • A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
  • The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong


  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  • Catching Homelessness by Josephine Ensign
  • Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science by Tom S. Garrison

  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

  • Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

  • Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill

  • Big Dead Place by Nicholas Johnson
  • The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr
  • The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
  • A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis
  • Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky
  • Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do edited by Meredith Maran
  • Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender by Mia McKenzie
  • Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro
  • The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City by Laura Tillman
  • The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House 
  • Starvation Mode by Elissa Washuta
  • Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters
  • Women and Writing by Virginia Woolf
  • Las Afueras by Pablo Garcia Casado
  • The Three Einsteins by Sarah Galvin
Zines/Graphic Novels/Other:
  • OK Cupid Messages I Have Not Responded To by Delphine Bedient
  • Burn Collector 1-15 by Al Burian
  • The Riot Grrrl Collection by Lisa Darms
  • BFF by Sarah Gerard
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster