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My debut novel, The Atlas of Forgotten Places, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2017.
I have BA in English literature from UC Berkeley and an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. My stories, essays, poems, and illustrations have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Elephant Journal, Orange County Register, Huffington Post, The Sun Magazine, Vela, New World Writing, Prick of the Spindle, and Matador, to name a few. My work has been anthologized in The Best Online Science Fiction and Fantasy; Battle Runes: Writings on War; and The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009.
In my professional life, I’ve been the news editor for Ethical Traveler, director of the Glimpse Graduate Program in Travel Journalism at MatadorU, Communications Fellow at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, speechwriter for a university provost, and, for a brief but glorious period, an extra in Bollywood (you know you’ve made it when someone else gets paid to wipe off your lip sweat). As a filmmaker, I’ve been on assignment in Guatemala, Belize, and Mongolia for TripFilms.com and LonelyPlanetTV. I play guitar and piano and occasionally write and perform songs for both. You can currently find me teaching self-paced, online video classes on pet portraits and writing an artist statement at Skillshare, to which you all are cordially invited.
I'm also proud to be a member of the '17 Scribes, a group of debut authors with books forthcoming in 2017. Check out our website to discover great new books and meet the crew.
My writing is represented by the wonderful Marly Rusoff of the Marly Rusoff Literary Agency.
Awards & Recognition
Recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant for emerging writers; winner of Brooklyn College's Ross Feld Award for my short story "Big Game"; received first place in the storySouth Million Writers Award for my short story "The Fisherman's Wife"; spent eight lovely months as a Teachers & Writers Collaborative fellow, during which time the phenomenally talented poet Christina Olivares and I were lucky enough to spend two beautiful weeks on the Rockefeller Estate at Kykuit, where we set off the security alarms when we sort of accidentally-on-purpose broke into the little house in the Japanese Gardens (worth it).
THE WORLD'S FIRST* INTERACTIVE BIO
Instructions: Match each line (1) through (10) with the corresponding answer from lines (a) through (j).
(1) This gives me nightmares for no good reason
(2) Title of first-ever published work
(3) Strangest experience abroad
(4) Countries in which I've spent longer than a month
(5) My dog answers to all of these names
(6) Favorite childhood memory
(7) Proudest non-literary achievement
(8) Dirty hobby
(9) Secret childhood fantasy job
(10) Most remote/isolated places I've traveled to
(a) Feeding mussels to a Moray eel with my brother at the tide pools
(b) Training killer whales at Sea World
(c) Hunting mushrooms
(d) Letting a bear cub suckle my inner elbow
(e) "Telluride in Winter," published in Ishmael Reed's Konch Magazine
(f) Mongolia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan
(g) Manimal, Schnudel, Creature, Doggleflops
(i) Surviving the Berlin Marathon
(j) Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Thailand, India
* You're probably going to have to trust me on this one.