Eli’s Ships

Darrell Nicholson and I wrote a collaborative short story.   Even though the short story is a particularly tough form for a collaboration, we persevered and learned a lot about compromise, Joseph Conrad, Klabautermanns, and the story even played into my longstanding love of miniatures. Thank you to Aquifer: The Florida Review Online for publishing…


Sailing, Stories, Slackers: Various Updates

There have been a few developments since I last updated.  A new story, “Flickerdot,” has just come out in Michigan Quarterly Review Summer 16.  I wrote about the benefits of slacking for writers at Read Her Like an Open Book, and my comedy Snow Angel got a little nod–it made the list of finalists–from the…


National Endowment for the Arts Awards Creative Writing Fellowship

I’m thrilled to announce that I was chosen as one of 37 writers to receive a $25,000 NEA Fellowship in Prose.  The full list of awardees includes many authors I admire.  I’ll be using the money to support the writing of my new novel about the unique world of “cruisers”–people who live on sailboats and…


“The Chautauqua Sessions” cited as a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XL

My short story, “The Chautauqua Sessions,” first published in Missouri Review, was cited as a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses. 

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BRIGHT SHARDS is a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award

Bright Shards of Someplace Else has been named a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award.   Here’s the full list of fiction finalists: Jennifer Chiaverini. Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival Dutton, 2014. Anthony Doerr. All the Light We Cannot See Scribner, 2014. Monica McFawn. Bright Shards of Someplace Else University of Georgia Press, 2014. Celeste Ng. Everything…


Walter E. Dakin Fellowship at Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Just heard that I received a fellowship to attend Sewanee  from July 21 – August 2, 2015.   I’ve heard wonderful things about this conference, and this provides the perfect encouragement to finish a few novel parts and pieces I’ve been working on.  Very thrilled!


SNOW ANGEL named a quarter-finalist at Nashville Film Fest’s Screenwriting Competition

My romantic comedy, SNOW ANGEL, was recently listed as a quarter-finalist at Nashville Film Fest’s Screenwriting Competition.   I’m particularly excited by this as I’m very new to screenwriting, so any nod is a good sign!  Plus, the screenplay is one of my favorite projects…it includes monks, gambling, carnivals, racehorses, and, of course, a little girl…


Playlist at Largehearted Boy

I really like the lit/music blog Largehearted Boy, so I was excited to contribute a playlist to accompany my book.  Among other songs, I talked about “Thru’ These Architect’s Eyes,” from David Bowie’s Outside, an album which has haunted my imagination for years.  The liner notes and weird bits of postmodern detective fiction creeped me out at the…

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BRIGHT SHARDS chosen as a Michigan Notable Book

Bright Shards of Someplace Else has been chosen as a 2015 Michigan Notable Book, alongside a few excellent Michigan books I read this year, including Sean Madigan Hoen’s Song Only You Know (a raw, beautifully rendered memoir of the Detroit hardcore scene in the 1990’s) and Lisa Lenzo’s entertaining and oddly addictive book of short stories about…


BRIGHT SHARDS named an NPR “Best Read”

NPR included Bright Shards of Someplace Else as one of it’s “best reads” of 2014, along with Lorrie Moore’s excellent Bark, and John Darnielle’s  Wolf in White Van (which I’ve both read)& many other great titles from presses both large and small.  

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