Emergency Exit

Published as an ebook through
The Massachusetts Review

The Stewardess was out of control. She was told when to speak, what to say, what to wear, when to change it, how to stand, where to sit, and how to serve ...
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Call It a Map

Winner of the Willow Springs Fiction Prize
What I would’ve given to have been a magician. To say, “Now you see me, now you don’t.” But Tilly says I would’ve made the most inept magician the world has never seen ...
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Hacking and Packing

Recipient of the 2013 Bambi Holmes Memorial Prize from Fourteen Hills Leslie’s father had a five-foot circumference and liked to say his reputation preceded him. Fingers clasped over his ever-widening waistline, he often laughed, “This is My Reputation.” Leslie had ...
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On Tender Hooks

Published at The Massachusetts Review
Seattle. 1931.
You tell them no one listens to new wives. Ironically, you say it expecting them to listen. You say it to Lou, who says he didn’t marry you for conversation, then dodges your ...
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1964, Berkeley

Published at Consequence
Mother says no. Warns you against it. Says you’ll regret the loss of freedom and couldn’t you just burn your bra like everybody else? “Mother,” you reply, saying the word like you own it, “I know ...
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Sacramento, 2006

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Newfound
You’ve only ever had three real jobs: baby, student, nurse. Your Mom called you Baby from the day you were born to the day she died. Babies cannot---and should not attempt to---make other ...
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Honors and Awards

Finalist for 2017 Writers’ Room of Boston Fellowship
The Writers’ Room of Boston

Honorable Mention for 2015 Robert and Adele Schiff Prose Award
for “The Exact Same Prize”
The Cincinnati Review  (University of Cincinnati)

2015 Willow Springs Fiction Prize Recipient
for “Call It a Map”
Willow Springs (Eastern Washington University)

2013 Bambi Holmes Award Recipient
for “Hacking and Packing”
Fourteen Hills (San Francisco State University)

2013 Best of the Net Nominee
for “Stories about Scars,” a review of Peter Grandbois’s The Arsenic Lobster
The Lit Pub

2012 Pushcart Prize Nominee
for “Sacramento, 2006”

2012 Writer-in-Residence
for Conjoined States (novel-in-progress)
Turkey Land Cove Foundation

Wesleyan Scholarship Recipient
for Conjoined States (novel-in-progress)
2012 Wesleyan Writers Conference

2012 Mary Doyle Curran Prize Recipient
for The Mere Weight of Words (excerpt)
University of Massachusetts Boston

2010-2012 Chancellor’s Scholarship for Excellence
for BA in Creative Writing (class of 2012)
University of Massachusetts Boston

Honorable Mention in General Fiction
for A Girl Named Charlie Lester
2008 New York Book Festival