About Me

My essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly, Slice, and others. My essay “It Will Look Like a Sunset” was selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays 2015, and other essays have been listed as notables in the same series. I have a PhD in creative nonfiction from Ohio University, and I have been the recipient of fellowships or grants from Vermont Studio Center, A Room of Her Own Foundation, Dickinson House, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The American West is my first love, and I return whenever I can. My writing is heavily influenced by the landscape of the region I grew up in, and I’m particularly interested in environmental writing and the uneasy relationship between people and place. I now raise my son in Appalachian Ohio—another magical, complicated place. In 2018-2019, I will be a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ohio University.