=About=

I'm the award-winning author of Lives of the Monster Dogs, a 20th anniversary edition of which  is forthcoming in May 2017 from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, with new introduction by Jeff VanderMeer.

Lives of the Monster Dogs was was a New York Times notable book of the year, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for best first novel, and shortlisted for the international Women's Prize for Fiction and has a great band named after it. It was published in eight languages. It will not turn into this terrifying film, but there's a chance you'll be able to see it on TV (stay tuned).

I'm the recipient of a Teaching-Writing Fellowship from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Grant, and an award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.

I've taught undergraduate creative writing at the University of Iowa, and Hampshire and Skidmore Colleges; and I've taught adults of all ages in summer programs at Wesleyan, Skidmore, and in the SLS Russia program.

Since 2012 I've been resident faculty at the Yale Summer Writers' Conference. I am also an editor-at-large at Origins Literary Journal, teach at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center, and hold classes independently and do one-on-one work with writers in and around northern Westchester, NY.

My story "The Thief" appeared in in the Fall 2015 issue of Tin House.

As a teacher, I try to kick writers' butts in the most supportive, encouraging way.






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