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.
MFA in Fiction, Columbia University, 2003
BA in Creative Writing/Literature and Photography, Bard College, 1997