Bio


My fiction 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 series 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 2016, my short story collection Piranhas & Quicksand & Love was published by Press 53.


My work has received some awards--a Maryland State Arts Council grant, a Book Passage Travel Essay contest prize, the 2011 Travel Classics International Travel Writing prize, a Silver Rose Short Fiction Award from the ART Foundation, among others.


In recent years, I've moved away from short stories and travel essays, to try longer things--right now, I'm at work on a novel, or maybe I should say, a novel is at work on me.


I have an MFA in fiction from George Mason University, and teach creative writing at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Since 2016 I've been involved with the Dylan Thomas International Summer School creative writing program, where students from UMBC and other universities explore the beautiful country of Wales and discover new possibilities for their writing. This unique 12-day program is hosted by the University of Wales Trinity St David in the small town of Lampeter, amid sheep-dotted hills between the mountains and the sea.


My hour-long program "Prose and Poetry" streams every Monday at noon at the Radio Reading Network of Maryland, which serves blind and low-vision listeners in the Mid-Atlantic region. Reading, it turns out, can be as powerful, cathartic, and creative an act as writing.