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

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.