To read my work, please click the “Essays” or “Reviews” tabs above.  To read my most recent work, please click a link to the right.  News and announcements are below.  Everything else — my bio, my readings, my teaching experience — can be found above.  Thanks for your interest!


My braided essay “On Looking,” first published in The Massachusetts Review, is now available to read online via Litragger!

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It weaves together the different ways we look at animals, art, and people when they are not entirely seen as people.

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My lyric essay “What of the Raven, What of the Dove” is up at Rappahannock Review!


It begins, “A story was growing inside my neck but I didn’t yet know what it said.”  And it goes on to think about birds, health, children, Terry Tempest Williams’s When Women Were Birds, the future, and more.

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I have two new reviews up at The A.V. Club:

Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy, by the esteemed Dinty W. Moore …

Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy cover

… and Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong — about cat videos!


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I’m thrilled to have an essay in this anthology, Mothering through the Darkness: Women Open up about the Postpartum Experience, which is out in November and now available for pre-order.


If you or someone you know has struggled with depression during or after pregnancy, you’re not alone — and the 35 essayists in this anthology will assure you of that in 35 different ways. Click here to order, or just learn more. (If you order through this link, I get paid a little bit.)  Thanks!

My review essay (on Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity and An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace and other books and other things) is up at Alimentum!  It’s called “Revenge Baking” and you can find it here.

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My piece on Heidi Julavits’s The Folded Clock is up at Assay Journal‘s blog “In the Present Tense.”

Assay blog coverIt’s called “Taking My Time,” which is what I recommend you do with a book you love.

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My review essay “Many Ways of Seeing, Many Ways of Saying,” which covers three books by the excellent Eva Saulitis, is in the current issue of  Fourth Genre.

Fourth Genre spring 2015 cover

Fourth Genre is print only, but you can purchase individual essays from this issue here (pretty neat!).

If you want to read something instantly, you can check out my review of Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts up at The A.V. Club.  I found it a terrific blend of theory and story, with both thinking and narration that gets to the heart of things without pulling any punches.

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Thanks — as always — for reading!