New Poetry Collection

The Present State of the Garden won the Blue Lynx Prize and is forthcoming October 1, 2021 from Lynx House Press.

Virtual Event: John Brehm in Conversation with Heather Sellers

Monday, February 22nd, 4:30 pm PACIFIC COAST TIME

Broadway Books is hosting a virtual event with author John Brehm discussing his latest book, The Dharma of Poetry, with Heather Sellers. More information and registration is available from Broadway Books.

Narrative Poetry Contest Finalist

"On a Late June Evening in My Driveway" places as a finalist in Narrative's 12th Annual Poetry Contest, Fall 2020


"Florida" is a new micro piece in The Cincinnati Review.

My recording of the piece accompanies the online text. This piece will also appear in my new collection, forthcoming from BOA Editions.

Crisis Coverage Awards: COVID-19 Edition

"Just This Breath" was an Honorable Mention in the ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors).


The Best of Brevity

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. Watch the video trailer here.


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.

"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 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

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


“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.

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.