I’m excited to announce the appearance of Waveform (University of Georgia Press), a collection I’ve edited that celebrates an exuberant field of contemporary literature, the literary essay as written by women. The contributors are thirty contemporary writers who have been instrumental in pushing the possibilities of the form. I discuss the book's raison d'être at Essay Daily and Assay.

Haze Underway

I'm at work on Haze, an account of my late high school and early college days. Four years after my senior photo in a tree, I was a divorcée. "Float,” an excerpt published in the Spring 2016 issue of The Normal School, is a taste of the time when New Age was new. "Houses of Detention" is another excerpt, online at the American Literary Review.

News and Events

I make some comments about lesser garage sales in an interview at Proximity. I'm in the AWP "Spotlight". And here's a podcast interview at Fourth Genre.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Deviated Reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Blotter may be encountered at The Collagist.

You can now "Bring It" at The Rumpus. An unfavorite letter gets its due in “During the Reign of M”, online at Punctuate.

The "Weight" is up at Toast, and "Fire" is burning at The Rumpus. You can read "The Blue Dress" and "Spy in the House of Love" at Hotel Amerika. Also online is "Autumn Sonata" at the Kenyon Review (with a generous response at Vela's "Women We Read").

"How to Give Baby a Bath" is now available in Creating Nonfiction, edited by Erin Murphy and Jen Hirt (SUNY Press, 2016). "Of Age" is out in After Montaigne, edited by David Lazar and Patrick Madden.

"The Rejection" is in the Kenyon Review, "Deer/Confidential” in Hotel Amerika, “Wallpaper: A Parable” in Hypertext, and "You Know What I Mean, I Know You Do" in the Tampa Review.

"Invisible Engineering" appears in How We Speak to One Another: An Essay Daily Reader, edited by Ander Monson (Coffee House Press, 2016).

Companion to an Untold Story

Companion to an Untold Story is about the death by suicide of my friend Joel, Companionwho carried out a methodical plan to take his own life. The Companion is about my struggle to understand, to forgive myfriendand myself, and to lay him peaceably to rest.

Companion to an Untold Story has been awarded the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

Watch the trailer on YouTube or Vimeo. Listen to interviews on Michigan Writers on the Air and NPR's The Story. Read them at Kristin Bair O'Keefe's Writerhead, Richard Gilbert's Narrative, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, and Essay Review. Buy the book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Reviews, reactions, and more on the Companion here.

My first book, Girl Rearing

The girl being reared in Girl Rearing is me.




Waveform front cover

Haze photo

Writings on the Web

The Back Stroke
Deetjens Inn
End Notes

How to Be the Other Woman
How to Leave a Room
I, Swimmer
Impromptu Mourner
In Color: The Wild Child
In the Driveway: The Heart Unveiled
The Making of the Mother: Portraits
Marilyn Monroe's Feet
The Mother Bed
My Father's Shoes
My Mother's Toenails

Observations Brought Back from the Zoo

Studio of the Voice
To Let the Cold Take Me
The Undoing
Walk On By