“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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Links to New Publications

It’s been a while since I posted links on my blog to my new publications. Below are some of my recent stories, essays, reviews, and interviews, published in Pleaides, The  Nervous Breakdown, and Fiction Writers Review. Tattoo Titans, Mirror Neurons, and Intergenerational Empathy. Read it here: Interview with Artis Henderson. Read it here: Half, which won the 2013 Kinder Prize from Pleiades. Read it here: Review...

What I’m Working On . . . My Stop on a Blog Tour

  Fellow Virginia writer Mark Meier asked me to participate in a “blog tour.” The idea is for a bunch of writers to take turns answering questions about what we are working on. You can see his responses at his blog: (http://www.markmeierwriting.com). Below are mine: 1) What am I working on? I recently finished a book-length memoir called Playing with Dynamite: A Daughter’s Story. It’s...

AWP 2014: Overwhelming? Intimate? Yes.

I pulled out Geoffrey Wolffe’s Duke of Deception, and the man sitting next to me on the plane asked, “AWP?” “How did you know?” “You’re reading a real book,” he said. “Only writers do that.” He was reading a real book, too: an anthology of flash fiction by Dinty Moore. He needed to finish it for his panel the next morning. Would I come? I wasn’t surprised to find someone going to the same...

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