The Best of Brevity from Rose Metal Press

The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction

So looking forward to this volume from Rose Metal Press and so honored to have a piece included.

The release date will be in mid-November, with pre-ordering opening sometime in August.


BOA Editions LTD

Poetry Collection

Field Notes from the Flood Zone comes out from BOA Editions Spring 2022. 

This collection of poems documents life observed from my town on the coast of Florida.

The Sun

"Just This Breath"

I have a new essay in The Sun's June 2020 issue. Because of the pandemic, the magazine has opened its online content.  You can now read the magazine for free.

The Practice of Creative Writing Fourth Edition
The Practice of Creative Writing


The fourth edition of The Practice of Creative Writing is out on September 16, 2020, updated for ease of use in online classrooms. If you are interested in ordering for your students, you can locate your sales rep here.

There’s a brand new instructor’s manual that accompanies the book and you can see videos and find out more here.


New Poetry

"Accidental Practitioners" appears in Agni, Issue 91 Spring 2020.

A poem titled "Every Girl Has Her Own America" appears in Conduit, #30.

Two poems appear in the March 2020 issue of The Sun Magazine.

Two poems in Issue 48 Spring 2021, Birmingham Poetry Review.

Two poems appear in the 2019 print issue 57 of Southern Poetry Review.

"Protection," a piece from my prose poetry series, appears in issue 30 of The Adroit Journal.

Colorful M representing the MacDowell logo


I had planned to be in residence at MacDowell for a month in Spring 2020 in order to work on a nonfiction project but the world changed….


The Present State of the Garden, a collection of new poems, is a finalist in the 2020 Snowbound Chapbook Award
at Tupelo Press.

Frond is a top three finalist in the 2020 Chad Walsh Chapbook Series competition.

Cover of Where am I
Issue #27 of True Story

Pushcart Nominations

Every month, Creative Nonfiction publishes a tiny magazine, True Story, containing a single longform essay. I’m honored the magazine chose my piece on topographical agnosia, “Where Am I?” for a 2019 Pushcart Prize nomination.

The Sun nominated my 2019 essay "Girl Underwater."  Thank you, Sun!
Sunset Over Coffee Pot Bayou
Coffee Pot Bayou


“Breathing Underwater” is a one-page essay-poem about how trauma lives and works in the body-mind. I love On the Seawall in part because one of my central subjects as a writer is swimming/water. And I love this magazine’s focus on short and flash fiction, conventional and lyric essay, cross-genre writing, text and image. They also publish photo essays.

Macmillan Offices in New York City
1 New York Plaza, Macmillan Offices

New Textbook Content

For the fourth edition of The Practice of Creative Writing, my textbook, I’m creating podcasts and interviews with authors in order to help bring the page and the process to life for students. It’s fun and exciting (and frustrating and hard) to learn new technology. As a teacher, it’s important for me to be in the student position as often as possible.

Celeste, subject of "Pedal, Pedal, Pedal"
Celeste, subject of "Pedal, Pedal, Pedal"

2019 Pushcart Prize

“Pedal, Pedal, Pedal,” an essay, is collected in 2019’s Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.