“It is dangerous and illegal to walk on the highway.”
—Quote from the Michigan driver’s ed manual 
I grew up in Detroit, Motor City, and so my delight in carless transportation has always seemed a bit perverse. But anybody who is a writer knows the feeling. What we do might not be dangerous or illegal, but it can sometimes look a little crazy from the outside.
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Risky Writing (Or What I Learned in My MFA, Rated R Version)

I have a reputation. I am the middle child of three, and when I was little, I overheard my mother’s best friend explain our family dynamic: my brother Lou was the smart one, my sister Pat the pretty one, and me? I was . . . the nice one. Still am. (Be careful what you whisper: it could scar a kid for life.) My uncle recently recounted a story about my brother dropping the F bomb. The only thing that would have...

Book Review of Light Lifting by Alexander McLeod

My review of this beautiful debut story collection appeared in the August issue of The Nervous Breakdown. Here is the link: The Nervous...

The Dragon and Other Childhood Dangers

My essay, The Dragon, appeared in the publication Hip Mama. Here is the link: Hip Mama

Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short Short Stories

My review of Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short Short Stories, edited by Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka, and Mark Budman, appears in issue 7 of Prime Number magazine.

AWP Conference 2011

This year, for the first time, I joined 2,000 other MFA students and 4,000 MFA instructors and writers in Washington, DC for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference. It was huge, literary, star-studded, overwhelming, dizzying, validating, and energizing. It was artsy, esoteric, and intellectual. It was also oddly trade-show-like, its exhibit halls overflowing with hundreds of booths...

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