I formally studied writing and earned my MFA in fiction from New York University. My work is often folkloric or fabulist in nature, concerned with the ways that magic in literature can help us understand truths about gender, sexuality, and country in the real world.
Chapbook: The White Swallow
A stillborn baby is revived by a small white bird, which takes the place of her heart. Years later, in the company of the butcher's daughter, the bird girl finds the swallow can share its gift with her: she can heal sickness and injury.
The White Swallow is a folktale and a love story. It was selected by Aimee Bender as the winner of the 2014 Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition. Learn more and purchase here.
other select publications
- "Craft Talk: Writing Weird Stuff That Matters" — Anthropoid, issue 2: Folk, 2016. (Essay)
- "Sudba 1" — Best American Non-Required Reading 2016, ed. Rachel Kushner. Originally published in The Iowa Review, 2015. (Fiction)
- "The Country is Its Birds" — The Kenyon Review Online, 2015. (Fiction)
- "Proprioception," "Self Portrait as Farm Animal, HB 954," and "Positions" — Menacing Hedge, 2014. (Poetry)
- "September" — The Kenyon Review, 2012. Short Fiction Contest Runner-Up, 2011. (Fiction)
- 2015: Winner of the 2014 Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Competition, selected by final judge Aimee Bender.
- 2014: Finalist for The Iowa Review Fiction Award.
- 2011: Runner-up for The Kenyon Review's Short Fiction Contest, selected by final judge Ron Carlson.
- 2009: Runner-up candidate, Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Sozopol Fiction Seminars.