I am a writer living in Chicago. I grew up in Central Ohio and worked on an assembly line in an auto plant, as a baker, as a hotel night clerk, as a carpenter, as an organic farmer, as a dishwasher, and as an outdoor educator. I have lived in North Carolina, New Mexico, Texas, and Hyderabad, India.
My work has appeared in Ploughshares, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Quarterly West, Better: Culture & Lit, Bennington Review, The Guardian UK, The Times of London, The New York Times, and This American Life. I was named the 2011 Best Emerging Writer in Non-Fiction by the PEN American Center. I have a PhD from the University of Houston and an MFA from New Mexico State University. I was a Fulbright Scholar in India in 2002-2003 and I am a co-founder of the award-winning Poison Pen Reading Series in Houston, Texas.
I've taught at the University of Chicago, New Mexico State University, University of Houston, Columbia College, and The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. I've also been a guest speaker at schools where I talk about narrative and counseling centers where I talk about trauma.
My memoir, The Answer to the Riddle is Me, is available through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the US and through Short Books in the UK. It was named one of Kirkus's Best Books of 2014 and won Best Biography or Memoir of 2014 by the Society of Midland Authors.
I am represented by Eleanor Jackson of the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literacy Agency.
My publicist in the States is Megan Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My publicist in the UK is Rosamund Hutchison at email@example.com