Dear All, I am honored to be interviewed over at The Rumpus, which has been one of my favorite places one the web to go ever since I began reading Cheryl Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” column in 2010.  The amazing Heather Fowler at Fictionaut also interviewed me recently. As if these were not enough of a blessing, the United States State Department has invited me to Suriname for a week in March under [...]

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§952 · January 17, 2014 · Uncategorized · (1 comment) ·


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§935 · November 27, 2013 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Exciting press updates on my first book, The Survival Girls:   The Survival Girls has been excerpted in the Daily Beast’s “Book Beast” and “Women in the World” section! Nick Kristof’s awesome Half The Sky Movement tumblred it and listed it in its “worthwhile books to read” section! Michael Solis, my Luce partner in crime, wrote about it on the Huffington Post; The Best American Poetry blogged it; Glimmer Train ran another essay about it too, to complement the one [...]

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§916 · November 25, 2013 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear Ones, The phenomenal Stacey, who helms the Best American Poetry book series blog, has written a lovely and generous blog post about the release of my e-book, The Survival Girls.  I’m so grateful to her for the support, and hope you spend some time with the blog.  It’s one of the foremost forums we have for contemporary public discourse around literature and what it does, and the people who make it [...]

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§899 · November 3, 2013 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear Ones, Please forgive the radio silence — I’ve largely been over at the website of my first book, The Survival Girls!  Please take a look at the site and consider spending time with the book.  All proceeds from sales are for the girls themselves. After a wonderful, heartbreaking, heartfilling summer spent everywhere from Nicaragua (youth empowerment efforts) to Syria and Turkey (visiting refugee camps) to Nairobi (working with the Survival Girls again), I [...]

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§896 · October 31, 2013 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear All, I’m truly honored to announce that my story “Keller’s Ranch” has won first place in the ‘Family Matters’ story contest at Glimmer Train.  Glimmer Train is something of a holy grail to many of us story nerds out there, and this is a story I have written and rewritten for no less than ten years.  This is a ridiculous stroke of luck, in a year full of them.  Glimmer Train‘s editors (who [...]

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§880 · July 2, 2013 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


I was recently interviewed by Eliot Higgins, aka Brown Moses, a self-taught weapons analyst tracking arms movements inside Syria from his living room in England.  Here’s a link to his interview with me, which is about “In Search of Syrian Refugees and Their Stories,” the Kickstarter project I set up to get out to Turkey this summer in order to collect stories of (and possibly from) Syrian refugees.  I then turned around and [...]

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§876 · June 24, 2013 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


My Kickstarter project went live this morning! It’s entitled “In Search of Syrian Refugees & Their Stories,” and I’ll put the project description here in case it would help you or anyone you know decide if you’d like to fund the project.  Thank you in advance for the hope and good faith that makes me believe positive change might be possible.  Wishing you and yours a wonderful summer! In Search of Syrian Refugees & [...]

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§867 · May 28, 2013 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear All, I’m delighted to announce that I won the Chattahoochee Review‘s Lamar York Prize in Nonfiction for a piece called “Coyote,” which grows out of my experience calling Chumash Aikido Sensei Tautahcho Muhuawit one of my father figures.  Knowing him has been a miracle, and so is knowing that my writing about him will be featured in such a renowned publication as the Chattahoochee Review. Meanwhile, I’ve been to AWP 2013 earlier [...]

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§845 · March 18, 2013 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


I’m thrilled to announce that I was solicited by editrix maven Charlotte Austin to participate in The Better Bombshell, a cutting-edge anthology about femininity and power alongside the likes of Rick Bass, Craig Childs, Roxane Gay and Jody Joldersma!  I’ve been paired with Jody, a phenomenal artist, and the art she made in response to my writing makes me feel seen and heard in a way I never have before.  The essay, about [...]

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§806 · November 1, 2012 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·