Selected Short Stories & Essays
These are the short stories and essays that don't make me cringe. Anywhere there's an active link, you can grab a full-text PDF of the following short stories or essays. I'll be adding more links on an ongoing basis. Thank you for reading!
“North of Dodge”—driving an ice cream truck through the slums of Omaha, Nebraska. Forthcoming in Glimmer Train 106, their last-ever issue.
“When in Bangkok”—content warning: told from the perspective of the daughter of a pedophile sex tourist. Appeared in The Kenyon Review, November/December 2016. Also featured in “Why We Chose It” and finalist (Special Mention) for the 2018 Pushcart Prize.
“The Pole of Cold”—Oymyakon, Siberia: the coldest town on earth. Appeared in One Story, March 25, 2015. Click here for an interview about the story. Reprinted here in Nowhere Magazine, March 2016. Finalist (Distinguished Story) for Best American Short Stories 2016.
“Wounds of the Heart and Great Vessels”—dating an insomniac anesthesiologist. Appeared in Crazyhorse, Spring 2015. Finalist (Special Mention) for the 2017 Pushcart Prize.
“All of Me”—a heart transplant with a girlfriend attached. Appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, Summer 2005. Reprinted in Where Love Is Found: 24 Tales of Connection, editors Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, New York: Washington Square Press, January 2006.
“The Husbands”—dating husbands…including your sister’s. Appeared in The New Yorker, Summer Fiction Issue, June 18th and 25th, 2001. Reprinted here by The New York Times.
“Comfort Woman”—working as a private investigator for college football sex assault cases. Appeared at Granta.com, September, 2017. Finalist (Special Mention) for the 2019 Pushcart Prize, and precursor to my upcoming memoir, Tell Me Everything (Flatiron Books/Macmillan).