Academic interests

Fiction Writing, Narrative Nonfiction, The Essay, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting, 20th and 21st Century American Literature, Haitian Diasporic Literature, Southern Literature


IUPUI: Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Literary Editing & Publishing Previous Teaching at Ohio State, Antioch, and Capital Universities and the University of Toledo: Fiction Writing, Nonfiction Writing, Poetry, Hybrid and Introductory Workshops, Genre Fiction, Writing about Sports, Writing about Film, 20th Century Literature, Seminar in Point of View, Composition, Writing about Literature, Reading Fiction, Reading Drama.


Story Prize Spotlight Award 2015 (for Praying Drunk) Best American Mystery Stories 2015 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Runner-Up, Richard Yates Prize for Short Fiction 2012 (Iowa Writers' Workshop) Iowa Review Prize for Short Fiction 2012 (Iowa Review) Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Random House Best New Voices of 2006/Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers 20 Under 30 2006 (Columbus Dispatch) Hon. Mention, Atlantic Monthly Fiction Writing Contest, 2005 Hon. Mention, Atlantic Monthly Poetry Writing Contest, 2005 2nd Place, Atlantic Monthly Nonfiction Writing Contest, 2004 Helen Earnhart Harley Fellowship in Creative Writing, 2004-2005 (Ohio State) Tara M. Kroger Prize in Short Fiction, 2004-2005 (Ohio State)


Books: Praying Drunk (2014) In the Devil's Territory (2008) Stories, Essays, Miscellany: New York Times Book Review, The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Puerto del Sol, The Atlantic Online,,,

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