This is the biggest writing news I've had in a dozen years: last week I signed a two-book deal with Vintage/Knopf! My short story collection will be published in 2019 and my novel is forthcoming in 2020. I feel so lucky to have connected with my agent Meredith Kaffel Simonoff this summer, and I am thrilled to be working with editor Margaux Weisman.
Submissions are open for the 2017 Fiction Prize at Indiana Review! In this interview I talk about my story "Nothing Before Something," which was selected by Aimee Bender as the winner last year (also I talk about how weird it is to have a body, letting your narrators speak, and how falling in love fucks you up).
Today is the launch of Best Small Fictions 2017 and I'm so thrilled to be included. Thanks to guest editor Amy Hempel, series editor Tara Masih, and especially Sophie Rosenblum at NANO Fiction for nominating my story. I'm in such great company and I can't wait to hold a copy in my hands. Order it here or (even better) look for it in your local bookstore.
Very happy to find out I was a finalist for BOMB's 2017 Fiction Contest. The winning story by Kristen Gleason (selected by the wonderful Paul La Farge) sounds amazing--can't wait to read it in the fall issue.
I finally got the smell of bonfire out of my hair so this seems like a good time to talk about how wonderful it was to study with Claire Vaye Watkins and the rest of my amazing workshop at Tin House last week. Other highlights included Jim Shepard's lecture on time in Denis Johnson's "Emergency" and Morgan Parker's hilarious + heartbreaking reading.