Good Things

My novel, Parhelia, won the Grindstone International Novel Prize! (!!!!!!!!) <3

My story Good Job Pressing won 3rd place in the Short Fiction/University of Essex International Short Story Prize judged by Seren Adams and Caleb Azumah Nelson! Their words and Martin Stubbington’s illustration are dreamy and perfect.

My story Flock got to be a part of “Nudity” an immersive online literary exhibit at Neon Door. I get chills looking around and reading in here.

Willow Springs nominated my poem, Horse Collar, for a Pushcart. Issue 86 is gorgeous. So excited to be included and thought of for this.

The New Delta Review nominated Out on the Isthmus for Best of the Net. They are great and that story means a lot to me. Yay!

Woohoo! My short story “Flock” won an honorable mention in Zoetrope All-Story’s 23rd Annual Short Story Contest judged by Tommy Orange.

I was so moved that the wonders at Sundog Lit nominated my poem, Pelagic with Pumps, for Best of the Net.

Talented actress Hannah Seusy performed my story for Liars’ League NYC at KGB bar. So fun!

Two of my former students and Waccamaw Editors founded a lit mag called Electric Moon and it’s gorgeous.

Such an honor to get to talk about poetry over at Verse of April.

Really excited that the opening of my newest book is a semifinalist for the Stockholm Writers Festival First Pages Prize.

One of my favorite stories from the collection, Arrivederci, was reprinted at Psychopomp with permission from The University of Alabama Press, publisher of Fiction Collective Two (FC2) books.

My story Roebling was nominated for Best of the Net by The Collagist. Woweeee!

NANO Fiction forever. They published this short interview about How I Write + the series is great.

Got to react creatively to Dolan Morgan’s awesome  new book, Insignificana. I linked the piece up at Vol. 1 Brooklyn on my writing page.

I will lead workshops in Ireland this summer with Putney Student Travel. They interviewed me about travel and writing.

The Pen American Center announced the longlist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award and my book is on it!!!! The judges, Helon Habila, Elizabeth McCracken, Edie Meidav, and Jess Row are some of my favorites around!

“it had been planned and there were guides” got recommended at Slate in a post on most anticipated fall books!

Library Journal recommended it too, alongside “The Visiting Privilege” by Joy Williams and other great books. Swoon.

The book also got great reviews at Bookslut, South 85, Entropy, and BWR.

I did interviews about storying at The Collagist and Les Femmes Folles.

These nice people who I’ve never even met at The Short Form featured my story, “All She Had”, which originally appeared in Hobart and is in my new book.

A nice blogger I’ve never even met over at Ploughshares wrote about “The Lips the Teeth the Tip of the Tongue”, which originally appeared in the Indiana Review.

I got to be a part of this amazing panel on nontraditional fiction with Fc2 and our collective wonderings are up at Entropy.


Clemson Literary Festival, Clemson, SC, March 30th-April 1st, 2023. Reading and panel.

South Carolina Writers Association Fall Writers’ Conference, Pawley’s Island, SC, October 21st-23rd, 2022. Craft talks.

University of Alabama Bankhead Visiting Writers Series, Tuscaloosa, AL, Feb. 20, 2020. Reading and Talk. (With MFAmily coconspirator, Tessa Fontaine!)

Tongues in Common, Myrtle Beach, SC, April 25th, 2019. Reading.

Rotary Club, Surfside Beach, SC, December 19th, 2018. Reading and talk.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Waccamaw Celebration, Tampa, Florida, March 8th, 2018. Moderator.

Rutgers University Writers’ Conference, New Brunswick, NJ, June 3-4, 2017. Craft talks.

Hawai’i Book and Music Festival, Honolulu, HI, May 6-7, 2017. Craft talks.

Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2017. Reading.

MFA of the Americas, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Jan. 8th, 2017. Reading and Craft Talk.

Scholars’ Symposium, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina, April 28th, 2016. Reading.

PYO Gallery, 1100 South Hope Street, Suite 105, Los Angeles, California, March 31st, 2016. Reading.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 402 AB,  Los Angeles, California, March 31st, 2016. Reading and Panel.

Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Center, Newton, Massachusetts, February 26th, 2016. Reading.

Coastal Carolina University, Words to Say It Series, Conway, South Carolina, February 10th, 2016. Reading.

Lit Crawl, Austin, with NANO Fiction and musicians from the Butler School of Music, Clayworks, Austin, Texas, October 17th, 2015. Reading.

Texas Book Festival,  Panel with Padgett Powell and Lincoln Michel, moderated by Deb Olin Unferth, State Capitol, Kirkus Reviews Tent, Austin, Texas, Sunday, October 18th. Reading.

Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California, Friday October 23rd. Reading.

The Writers Block, 1020 Fremont Street, Downtown Las Vegas, Saturday October 24th. Reading.

Grace Aberdean, Habitat Alchemy, Launch Party w/Michael Martone, Thursday, September 17th, 2015. Reading.

Lost in the Letters, 673 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday, September 26th, 2015.  Reading.

Rutgers University, 510 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ, Thursday, October 1st, 2015. Reading.

Slash Pine Press Festival, Jemison Mansion, Tuscaloosa, AL. April 25th, 2015. Reading.

&NOW Conference, Blast Radius: Writing and the Other Arts, Traditions of Non-traditions, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. March 25th-28th 2015. Panel and Reading.

Pure Products Reading Series, Green Bar, Tuscaloosa, AL, March 4th, 2015. Reading.

The Letters Festival, Various Locations, Atlanta, Georgia. November 6th-8th, 2014. Reading.

SlashPOP, an Anti-Reading by Slash Pine, Green Bar, Tuscaloosa, AL. October 23rd, 2014. Panel.

Bankhead Visiting Writers Series, Q & A with MFA students, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. October 17th, 2014 Panel.

Fiction Collective Two, Fortieth Anniversary Celebration, Bama Theatre, Tuscaloosa, AL. October 16th 2014. Reading.

The Atlas Review, Book Court, Brooklyn, NY. Sept. 29th, 2013. Reading.