Selected Essays & Publications

"June 21"

Essaying Daily, summer 2018

"How to Write a Book in Four Months"

San Francisco Book Review, summer 2018


Parks and Points, spring 2017

“This is a Test of the Emergency System”

Profane, Issue 3, Winter 2016

“Drought, Tuesday Afternoon”

Sweet: A Literary Confection, Issue 9.1, September 2016


White Stag, Vol. III, Issue II

“The Cactus is a Very Independent Plant”

Vinyl Magazine, February 2016

“Luck: An Annotated History”

Winner of Sundog Lit's first annual contest series, published in issue 8



Forklift, Ohio, Issue #31

“Manifesto" and "Sweet Sixteen”

sPARKLE + bLINK, Vol. 62 (a publication of San Francisco's Quiet Lightning reading series)

“Rejected Script from the Six O’Clock News”

Quaint Magazine, Issue 1

“Forty-Two Measures of Rest”

Winner of Lunch Ticket magazine's Diana Woods Memorial Prize, Winter/Spring 2014


Southern Indiana Review, University of Southern Indiana, Fall 2013

“I Have Underlined Your Name in All My Baby Books”

Pithead Chapel, Vol. 2 Issue 9





I found myself coming back to this essay for its impressive command of language. Word by word, the author pulls me through the minutiae of a quiet experience—quiet in that she seems to keep to herself as she undergoes it, only sharing the rising details of her ordeal with medical professionals— with an arresting clarity and force. But she is not alone in this re-telling, of course: I’m in the room with her; I’m looking back in time with her; I’m feeling the vertigo as time slows with her; and, in a bold choice, I’m wasting no time with her overt fear or outward feelings as an ultrasound technician spreads cold goo over her chest. And as I’m right there with this writer, I’m jealous of how much every word in this piece counts. Jealous, too, of the wry and repressive persona that these sharp and exact words manage to create in so efficient a space. “Luck: An Annotated History” is a dazzling piece of short nonfiction, and I feel lucky to have read it.

— Elena Passarello, creative nonfiction judge, says of “Luck: An Annotated History”



‘Forty-Two Measures of Rest’ reads like the language of music from which it takes its title–rhythmic, urgent, but also full of pauses and grace notes that makes this relatively brief essay a mini-symphony about life and the attempt to make it matter. From the first word, it raises the very biggest questions with intimacy, brutal honesty and a healthy sense of humor and appreciation of the absurd that keep life (relatively) manageable for all of us. Its often startling insights and images are told in prose that is clean and sharp, but simultaneously rich and provocative.

— Erin Aubry Kaplan, Author of Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line and DWM Award Special Guest Judge