I am excited to be the new "fiction expert" at About.com! I look forward to sharing my experience and insights into the process and craft of fiction writing. I hope to explore art, discipline, logistics, and publishing: all the factors that will get your prose onto the page and out into the world. My goal is to inspire my readers, spread ideas, and create a dynamic and thoughtful place to find answers to your fiction-related questions.
My first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for The Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. My first novel, Living Room, was released in 2009, also to broad critical acclaim. My short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications.
I teach creative writing in the Undergraduate English Departments of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and Columbia University in New York. I have been an adviser and a panelist for the MFA Program at Columbia University, and I will be teaching a seminar for the Graduate School.
I am the instructor of the Ditmas Writing Workshops, which are held online and in Brooklyn, NY. I am a book editor and consultant, and give private instruction as well.
I blog for the Parenting Section of The Huffington Post, and I am a member of the New York Writers Workshop.
MFA in Fiction, Columbia University, 2003
BA in Creative Writing/Literature and Photography, Bard College, 1997