recent stories & essays
"Enormous Wings," The Kenyon Review Online
"You no longer remember, but we landed in Puerto Vallarta in the second week of June, and it was cloudy and rainy and windy, but warm. We walked along the oceanfront past statues made up of combinations of different creatures—a half man-half seahorse, a creature with one horn, a squiggly figure with many arms waving around its neck. We walked until you grew tired and complained, but you were six, and I couldn’t carry you." Read the whole personal essay here.
"How My Best Friend Willa Cather Helped Me Beat Stage Fright," Lithub
"I fell for Willa Cather in graduate school-fell so hard that I named my daughter after her. But 20 reading years later, I remembered her like a long-ago crush: something about a big girl, a big prairie, a big plow, and tha''s about it. Then, last summer, while browsing around a used bookstore near my home on the central coast of California, I picked up a wilted paperback. . ." Read the rest here
"A few mornings later, the man woke to remember that in the middle of the night he had heard mewling. He had stumbled out of bed, shuffled into the hall. A thin cry, like a kitten, from downstairs. In the moonlight over the sink, the barleycorn’s mouth was a little sienna-colored O, its potato eyes still closed, crying in its sleep." Available online here, or listen to it on Audible here.