Norfolk, VA –“I’m the author of three books of fiction: the novel Bitter Milk (2005) and the short story collections Born on a Train (2003) and Stop Breakin Down (2000), all available from Picador USA. Chapters of my novel-in-progress The Cultivationists have appeared in American Short Fiction and in Grist: A Journal for Writers. In 2000 I became the youngest-ever winner of the Whiting Writers’ Award following the publication of Stop Breakin Down. For that collection I also received the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award, whose award citation by George Garrett said I have “the desire and the ability to push his language toward a similar extreme and to transform it radically, as Cormac McCarthy and, before him, William Faulkner have done.
My fiction and non-fiction have been published in (in addition to the journals above) Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, The Oxford American, Tin House, StorySouth, Columbia, Paraphilia, and Night Train, as well as the fiction anthologies Surreal South ’09, Surreal South ’11, and Degrees of Elevation. I’ve been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies including the Camargo Foundation Fellowship in Cassis, France, the Brown Foundation Fellowship at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France, the writers’ fellowship at Fundación Valparaiso in Mojácar, Spain, the 2010 Granville Hicks Residency at the Corporation of Yaddo, the Caldera Arts Residency, and the James A. Michener fellowship in fiction and screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, where I earned my MFA in 2004. I’m a professor of creative writing in the MFA creative writing program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and I also teach in the low-residency MFA program at Goddard College in Vermont.”