May 2012

Washington, D.C. – “My most recent novel, Genealogy (HarperCollins), was published in May 2006. Genealogy was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice book. Excerpts from the novel appeared in Sonora Review, Prairie Schooner (“Firefly Flash” received the Jane Geske Award for work published in Prairie Schooner in 2006) and My first novel, The Shape of Things to Come (William Morrow/HarperCollins) was published in 2001 and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. My second book, a short story collection called Drastic (William Morrow/HarperCollins), was published in 2002 and included two stories that received Pushcart Prize Special Mentions in 1997 and 2003. Stories from that collection were previously published in The Threepenny Review, The Georgia Review, Confrontation, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and Beloit Fiction Journal. My essay, “A Better Place to Live,” originally published in the anthology Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2001), was selected for inclusion in Out of Her Mind: Women Writers on Madness (The Modern Library, 2003), which includes writing by Sylvia Plath, Dorothea Dix, and Janet Frame. My essay, “The Rise From the Earth (So Far)” was published in Maybe Baby (HarperCollins), an anthology edited by Lori Leibovitch, and appeared in Salon in April 2006. The essay was a Salon Editor’s Pick for 2006.
     Based on material from my novel-in-progress, The Man Who Walked Away, I have received residencies to the Fundacion Valparaiso, Ledig House, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, The MacDowell Colony, and Château de Lavigny. Also based on material from this novel, I have received a University of Maryland Creative and Performing Arts Award, a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, and the Calvino Prize. Excerpts have been published in Five Chapters, The American Scholar, Prairie Schooner, The Normal School, The Drum, and Bellevue Literary Review (this excerpt was named one of the “100 Distinguished Stories” in Best American Short Stories).”

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