I am a fiction and nonfiction writer with a particular interest in social justice, art and family life. My favorite kind of writing explores the effect of political/historical forces on individuals and relationships. I also love to laugh, adore writing that is surreal, satirical, edgy, wise, and sharp. I feel deeply ambivalent about the Oxford comma.

My writing has been honored with fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Somerville Arts Council, and awards from Moment Magazine, Glimmer Train, Briar Cliff Review, and elsewhere. Other writing has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Best of the Net.

In 2008, I founded The Review Review, a website dedicated to reviews of literary magazines and interviews with lit mag editors. The site is intended to provide writers with as much information as possible about the submitting process. The Review Review has been listed for the past seven years among Writer's Digest's 101 Best Websites for Writers. 

Since 2004, I have been teaching fiction and nonfiction to adults and teens. At present, I teach online with GrubStreet and Creative Nonfiction. I also offer individual consultations to fiction and nonfiction writers at various stages of their projects and careers. 

I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Art History and Studio Art. Currently I live in Pittsburgh with my partner and three-year-old daughter. 


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