i was born in columbia, south carolina, grew up in the carolinas and ohio, and now live with my family outside new york city in south orange, new jersey.
since 2011, i've served as a teacher and contributing editor at the award-winning, brooklyn-based literary magazine . previously i was executive editor of
and editor-at-large of .
i've taught creative writing in the mfa program
at and at the ohio state university, butler university, indiana university-purdue university at indianapolis,
and at the in brooklyn.
i've also served on the staff of the .
i received a b.a. in english and political science from case western reserve university as well as an m.a. in english and an m.f.a.
in creative writing from .
i'm the grateful recipient of grants, fellowships, and scholarships from the indiana arts commission, arts council of indianapolis,
ohio arts council, and the
(including a 1996 work-study scholarship and the 2008 allan collins fellowship in fiction).
my first novel, what you have left,
was published in 2007 by free press, an imprint of simon & schuster. paperback and audio editions were published in 2008.
a paperback reissue came out in 2011. my second novel, the new york times bestseller long drive home, was published by free press in 2011 (hardcover) and 2012 (paperback).
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