Who I Am

Hi, thanks for dropping by.

I write and read in Joshua Tree, California, where I moved in 2017. I grew up in Connecticut and did a long stretch in the suburban South, but the desert is home. Here, I have a beloved writing community and many opportunities to support my fellow writers.

In the past, I was a Senior Book Buyer for Baker & Taylor, working with the most volatile bestsellers by the time I left. For three years I edited weekly small press book reviews at Necessary Fiction. My Creative Writing MA is from Lancaster University, UK.

For a while I owned a tiny used bookstore in New York’s Hudson Valley. It was there I found inspiration for my debut novel, Not On Fire, Only Dying (Twisted Road Publications, 2015), an SPD Fiction Bestseller. My flash prose is collected in two chapbooks: Whatever Feels Like Home (above/ground press, 2021), and Swap / Meet (Space Cowboy Books, 2018). In 2018, I created World Split Open Press to publish  Feckless Cunt: A Feminist Anthology and, more recently, And That Was That: An Abortion Memoir by Bonnie Brady.

Hoping to continue the conversation started by the Anthology, I started the Desert Split Open Mic, Joshua Tree’s “feminist, queer, and otherwise radical” spoken word open mic – now in its fourth year! Occasionally, I interview local and visiting authors. My own short fiction, creative nonfiction, and multimedia work can be found in numerous, wonderful places, online and in print, and adapted for the Simultaneous Times podcast. A complete list can be found here.

Feel free to reach out via worldsplitopenpress[at]gmail.com or on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook