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
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).
most recently i received a 2019 individual artist fellowship from the new jersey state council
on the arts.
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