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My first book was the novel ShebangThings We’ll Need for the Coming Difficulties was awarded the Spokane Prize for

Short Fiction as well as Foreward Reviews' 2020 INDIES Gold Winner for Literary Fiction.

I was recently awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship

My short stories have appeared in print in journals such as Ploughshares, AGNI, and The Los Angeles Review, online at Hobart and Bluestem, and in The Best Small Fictions 2015. In 2010 I was awarded a Pushcart Prize.


I teach creative writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I live with my husband, dog, and cat on a tiny unnamed lake in Moro, Illinois.

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