Like most writers out there, I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I’ve been publishing fiction since my grad-school days, and now I’m the author of five books: my story collection, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them (Blue Cactus Press); my fiction chapbooks, Box Cutters (sunnyoutside press) and Where There Is Ruin (Red Bird Chapbooks); and my novel, Hagridden (Columbus Press). My most recent book is a standalone nonfiction chapbook, There Are No False Alarms, an essay about sheltering with my college students during an active-shooter lockdown in 2018.
Thanks to my novel, Hagridden, I am a recipient of a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship. I also have been shortlisted in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition, twice for short fiction and once for my novella, and I have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist in the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award. In 2015, I also was a contributor to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
Because I like to preach what I practice (so to speak), I teach college writing and literature at Pierce College, where I’m the faculty coordinator for the student literary arts amagazine, SLAM. I also give craft lectures and lead writing workshops. Want to invite me to your campus or your class, in person or via Skype/Zoom? You’re welcome to email me with inquiries.
I also serve as production editor for Jersey Devil Press and have served as the fiction judge for local literary contests in Oregon and Indiana.
I was born in Oklahoma but raised mostly in Texas; I’ve also lived in Oregon and Wisconsin, and I love to travel: in addition to driving much of the US, I’ve visited Mexico, Turkey, Canada, Scotland, Austria, The Netherlands, and Thailand. I also lived in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, from 2009 to 2011. Today, home is Tacoma, Washington, where I live with my wife, Jennifer, and our cat, Brontë. (RIP, Ibsen. We miss you, buddy.)
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