Thanks for visiting. My story collection, Last Words of the Holy Ghost, won the 2015 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for short fiction. The judge, Lee K. Abbott, said, “Listen: if you can find a collection of stories more cohesive, more ambitious in reach, more generous in its passion, and fancier in its footwork, I will buy it for you and deliver it in person.” Thanks, Lee (I hope you won’t have to travel too far)! That water up there? That’s the salt-water tidal creek my cousins and I swam in as children; it runs behind my mother’s house and my grandmother’s house in Brunswick, GA, and it’s a character in my second novel, Our 13th Divorce, published February, 2017. My first novel, How the Sun Shines on Noise, (2004) “…invites comparison’s to John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces….an entertaining and memorable Southern picaresque” (Charlotte Observer).
My first home was North Wilkesboro, NC, in the Blue Ridge mountains where I was born, where my first words were mumbled, where my father’s side of the family still lives and where some of my other writing is set. I see these places more clearly now because of distant places I’ve lived–I earned an MFA from the University of Oregon, and I live now in beautiful western Wisconsin, next to the Mississippi River, where I teach creative writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I live with my partner, Heather, and our many animals (wild and domestic).