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Essay “Shaver Lake” Featured on Cover of the Northwest Review

Essay “Shaver Lake” Featured on Cover of the Northwest Review

My essay “Shaver Lake” was excerpted on the cover of the Winter 21 Northwest Review. Unfortunately the essay remains relevant and will become more relevant in the years to come. You can read it here.

New Story in StoryQuarterly Issue 53
New Story in StoryQuarterly Issue 53

I’m very grateful to have a new story out today in StoryQuarterly Issue 53:http://www.storyquarterly.org/the-woman-at-the-party.htmlAs I’ve posted elsewhere, this is my favorite short fiction I have written, which seems strange when I revisit it and realize it contains somewhat graphic depictions of very unpleasant sex (a warning if for understandable reasons you would prefer to avoid

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We Who Saw This Moment Coming Never Wanted to Be So Right
We Who Saw This Moment Coming Never Wanted to Be So Right

Near the highest moment of conflict in my novel The Risk of Us, a family of three hears, over the radio, that Donald Trump has won the election. The little girl goes to bed wondering why her parents have fallen silent. After she sleeps, the parents say to each other, “We’ve lost our country.” I

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Letter to a Facebook Friend Regarding Fear

Dear Rachel,Why worry about a few people driving down the street? Look at what’s been going on in every Democratic run city every night . I’m having nightmares of these black clad people attacking me on a street or in a restaurant. Look at what happened to Rand Paul and a lot of other couples

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Authenticity comes from a single faithfulness: that to the ambiguity of experience. Its energy is to be found in how one event leads to another. Its mystery is not in the words but on the page." --John Berger

I don't really know whether art can exist without a certain degree of tranquility or spiritual poise; without a certain amount of quiet you can have neither philosophy nor religion nor painting nor poetry." --Saul Bellow

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