My short fiction collection, Piranhas & Quicksand & Love, was published by Press 53 in 2016. My
and essays have appeared in The Georgia
Review, Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, Rosebud, and other journals, and my travel writing has been
featured in anthologies including The Best American
Travel Writing, as well as in The
Washington Post, Miami Herald, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Washingtonian,
Saturday Evening Post, railstotrails.org,
LetsCarryOn.com, baltimore.org and many other publications and websites.
In the last few years, I have moved away from short stories and travel writing to work on a novel, which has been tremendous, absorbing fun.
I have won a number of awards for my work, including the 2011 Travel Classics International travel writing contest, a Book Passage Travel Essay Contest prize, a
Maryland State Arts Council grant, a Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize, and a Silver Rose Award from the ART
I have an MFA in fiction from George Mason University, and teach creative writing at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where I am associate director of the English Department's Writing and Rhetoric Division.
The Radio Reading Network, which serves blind and visually impaired listeners in the mid-Atlantic region, streams my hour-long, biweekly program "Prose and Poetry" at their website, radioreadingnetwork.org. Reading, it turns out, can be as powerful, cathartic, and creative an act as writing.