About Me

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My short fiction and novellas have appeared in Pank, West Branch, Seattle Review, Big Fiction, Meridian, and online at Tin House. My essays have been published by Southern Humanities Review, The Texas Review, and online at The Millions. My short stories have won The Texas Observer Short Story Contest, the Avery Anthology Small Spaces Prize, and the Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I’m originally from Texas; I’ve lived in East Austin for over twenty years. I am a senior lecturer at Texas State University, where I teach literature and creative writing.

Some of my favorite writers are Valeria Luiselli, Ben Lerner, Amelia Gray, Etgar Keret, Joan Didion, Alejandro Zambra, Tim O’Brien, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Haruki Murakami, and Franz Kafka. I also maintain a scholarly side hustle writing about Kurt Vonnegut.

I enjoy traveling to share my work, and in the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to read for audiences in Seattle, San Francisco, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Lisbon.