I am a graduate of Yale, where I received a prize for excellence in the English major, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where I received a third-year teaching fellowship. I’ve critiqued the work of Whiting Award-winning author Anthony Marra (A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena), Barnes & Noble Discover pick Jen Percy (Demon Camp), and Best American Short Stories honoree Benjamin Nugent (Good Kids). My nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic online, and I currently blog for Ploughshares. My fiction has won two national contests, received notable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2014, and been anthologized by Autumn House Press. I’m a member of Blurb’s Dream Team of editors and the Editorial Freelancers’ Association.
I’ve taught literature at Phillips Academy Andover, fiction at the University of Iowa, and creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. At the University of Iowa, I developed a course called The Sentence which focused on storytelling at the molecular level. I taught a version of The Sentence for the University of Iowa’s International Writers’ Program and the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio. I currently teach creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and I’ve built a course about law school personal statements for 7Sage LSAT. You can find a sample of the course here.
I love to read and I love to cook. My five favorite books, in order of descending pretentiousness, are probably Don Quixote, Middlemarch, The Palace Thief, Prep and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.