This Is Not Your City, from Sarabande Books. Click here for more information.
“23 Months,” a chapbook from The Lit Pub.
-- this story first appeared in Epoch.
“Mermaid and Knife,” Gulf Coast
“All of Them Angels,” The Sonora Review.
“And Looked Down One as Far as I Could,” Hayden’s Ferry Review.
“The Untranslatables,” Unstuck.
“Better Not Tell You Now,” Crazyhorse.
"One Day You're In," Salon.
--For Valentine's day, Salon gave me 72 hours to write a short story about a celebrity couple. All my hours of watching Project Runway become "research."
"Sun City," The New Yorker.
-- To read a short interview about the story, go here.
"Flight," The Chattahoochee Review.
“Life Among the Terranauts,” One Story.
Described by the illustrious Hannah Tinti as “BIO-DOME meets ALIVE!,” read an interview about the story here and a great review of it here.
“Start With This,” The Carolina Quarterly.
The front cover is lovely, but I confess I’m partial to the back.
“Steal Small,” The Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses 2011, ed. Bill Henderson. Story originally published in Prairie Schooner.
“The Sleep,” an Atlantic Fiction for Kindle download available on Amazon.
Also appears in The Best American Short Stories 2011, eds. Geraldine Brooks and Heidi Pitlor.
"Edie and Sandrine," Kenyon Review.
"The Lion Gate," West Branch.
-- Read the liner notes to the story here.
-- Available online in the Barcelona Review.
"Service," 10 of DIAGRAMs: A Tenth Anniversary Anthology.
-- An actual, playable deck of cards, full of prose, poetry and schematics. I'm the six of diamonds, and happy to be part of such a fun, great-looking project. Happy Birthday, DIAGRAM.
“This Is Not Your City,” The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, ed. Laura Furman,
Anchor Books, available here and elsewhere.
Story originally published in Third Coast.
-- A Russian mail-order bride living in Finland learns that her daughter is missing.
“Zolaria,” The Southern Review (read it here in pdf format, and then check out the alternate ending).
-- Childhood and friendship, with ogres.
“At the Zoo,” The Paris Review (read it here).
-- I love zoos. I probably shouldn’t, but I do. Also, time machines.
“Jan Palach in Prague,” Colorado Review (read it here in pdf format).
-- An affair in Central Europe, with martyrdom and beach volleyball.
“It Looks Like This,” Blackbird (read it here).
-- With pictures!
“On the Oregon Trail,” Hobart (read it here).
-- Check out the ‘80s Oregon Trail computer game, preferably before reading. Or play it online.
"Sissy, Of Corint," Fogged Clarity (read it here).
-- Sisyphus got a really raw deal.
“In the Gulf of Aden, Past the Cape of Guardafui,” The Gettysburg Review.
-- I was writing pirate hijackings before pirates were cool. Yar.
“Somewhere in America a Man Named Jason Brockman Weighs 470 Pounds
and I Am Going to Save Him,” Phoebe.
-- One summer, I watched too much Wife Swap on TV.
“Going to Estonia,” Tin House.
“World Champion Cow of the Insane,” Epoch.
“Embodied,” The Cincinnati Review.
-- The more I thought about reincarnation, the more being able to remember past lives sounded like a really terrible prospect.
“Excerpts from Lesser Poets,” LIT.
“The Hobart Chronicles,” Crab Orchard Review.
“Zero Conditional,” Passages North.
“Safety for Life,” Roanoke Review.
“Herzenboogen’s Theory of Collective Truth,” Café Irreal (read it here).
-- This is a goofy one. But you’ll learn the word “otter” in four languages. Sort of.
“Mermaid Parade,” Pindeldyboz (read it here).
-- The characters are mine, but the Coney Island Mermaid Parade needs no embellishment.
“Live Demonstrations of Love,” AGNI Online
“You’re the Kids Who Robbed Us,” Salon
“Magnetism Without Magnets,” Essay Daily
"The Glory of the Bad Idea," The Kenyon Review.
"Prayer for the Moth, but also for the Spider," Memorious.
"The Accidental Argument," The Brooklyn Quarterly.
"Year of the Dogs," The Southern Review.
"Travels in Moominvalley," Post Road.
“Bayeux, Normandy, June,” PANK, Summer 2012.
"A Fiction Writer Takes Off Her Shoes," Brevity
-- I sacrifice some footwear for this story.
"The Six Answers on the Back of a Trivial Pursuit Card," The Normal School.
-- Thanks to the editors and designers for giving my piece a visual layout exponentially cooler than what I sent them.
"And Into the Mouth of a Shark," The Yalobusha Review.
“Pesäpallo: Playing at the Edge of the World,” Anatomy of Baseball,
Eds. Andrew Blauner and Lee Gutkind. Southern Methodist University Press. Buy it here or elsewhere.
Also appeared in Creative Nonfiction (read an excerpt)
-- I’m terrible at baseball. But in Finland they play a strange type of baseball that I’m… not quite as terrible at. You just have to remember to run the bases backwards.
“Seben, crudele,” The North American Review.
Selected Reviews & Articles
Review of Roxane Gay’s Ayiti, West Branch.
Funny Women #79: Books Outselling Mine on the Kindle Sales Rank, The Rumpus.
Review of Adam Schuitema’s Freshwater Boys, Emerging Writers Network.
“The Second Hat: Using Your Writer’s Notebook” The Southeast Review Writer’s Regimen.
Review of Alex Rose’s The Musical Illusionist and Other Tales, DIAGRAM.