About

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My short story “A Cat Called Grievous” is forthcoming in Electric Literature’s Required Reading. My stories have also aired on National Public Radio and have appeared in Witness, Bellevue Literary Review, Blackbird, The Barcelona Review, Slice, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere. My work has received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open Contest, been finalist in the 2017 Hamlin Garland Award for the short story and in the 2016 International Literary Awards Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction. The stories have been longlisted in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and won Slice Magazine’s 2012 Spring Spotlight Competition. One of the stories was named a Notable Story in storySouth’s 2008 Million Writers’ Award. “L’Chaim” was performed as part of Stories on Stage at the Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center in Denver.

My essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Southwest: The Magazine, Spirituality & Health, Lilith, and Moment.

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I was born and raised in Queens, New York, and currently live in Boulder, CO, with my husband, Steve, and my muses, Arie, a cat who was dropped in the animal shelter’s night box like an overdue library book, and Rosie, a dog who spent the first year of her life homeless in South Dakota and thinks Colorado is downright balmy.