Residency Sites: 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.