MFA in Creative Writing Program
Residency Site: Plainfield VT



I have just published an erotic novel, Milk, as well as a memoir, Easter Everywhere. These two topics, sex and religion have always fascinated me and continue to be themes in my work. My most recent novel, Jesus Saves, was a New York Times Notable, as was my first novel Up Through the Water. Suicide Blonde was translated into seven languages. I have written extensively for magazines, including Spin, Art Forum, George, The London Guardian Magazine, Mirabella, and The Village Voice. Currently, I teach in the graduate program of both Columbia University and the New School in New York City. In teaching I focus on close readings of master stories to help students work through problems in their narratives. I’m also interested on a prose level in matters of word choice and clarity. But best of all I teach risk and try to help students find their own particular window ledge to jump off from.


MFA in Fiction Writing, University of Virginia
BA in English, Goucher College


  1. Sister_Golden_Hair_cover-193x300
    Sister Golden HairTin House2014
  2. easter_everywhere
    Easter Everywhere: A MemoirBloomsbury2007
  3. milk
    Milk: A NovelBloomsbury2007
  4. up_through_the_water
    Up Through the WaterGrove Press2000
  5. suicide_blond
    Suicide BlondeGrove Press2000
  6. jesus_saves2
    Jesus SavesGrove Press1999