Other Writing

Essays on Writing

"My Novel/My Selves: Using Subpersonalities to Create Fictional Characters" in Read Her Like an Open Book, March 2018.

“My First Short Story and the Mess It Wrought,” in THE QUIVERING PEN, April 14, 2014. What happens when you’re young and foolish and write about your friends.

“Books By Or About Unconventional Women,” in THE HUFFINGTON POST, July 16, 2014.

“Messing Up the Drawing Room: Wharton, Olsen, and the Quest for Validation,” in BLOOM, July 25, 2014.

“Writing About Sex: Is It Necessary?” in Read Her Like an Open Book.

“Living Time, Writing Time: Narrating the Fourth Dimension in Fiction,” in BLOOM, March 20, 2015. This is the first column in a series.

“Living Time, Writing Time: Braiding Two Time Strands,” in BLOOM, May 22, 2015. This is the second column in a series.

Short Stories and Memoir

“The Unshaven Muse,” The MacGuffin, vol. XXIX, no. 3, Spring-Summer 2013. This story is drawn from the first chapter of my novel, "The Geometry of Love."

“The Right One,” Forge, April 2012. (Read the story).

“Marriage Triptych,” Amarillo Bay, November 2010.

(Read the story).

“My Two Weeks as a Fellini Extra,” The Southern Review, Fall 2010. This essay placed Bronze in the “Travel and Sports” category of the 7th Annual Best Travel Writing Contest, sponsored by Travelers Tales.

“Lili’s Adventure,” Riversedge, vol. 23, no. 1, Spring 2010.

“My Other Guitarist,” online in Green Hills Literary Lantern, GHLL XX, 2009.

(Read the story).

“The DNA of Secrets,” North American Review, vol. 294, nos. 3-4, May-August 2009.


“Adopted,” Stickman Review, vol 12, no. 1. (Read the poem).

“My Father’s Sleep,” The Broad River Review, vol. 45, Spring 2013.

“Vision Quest” and “Into the Far Away,” The Minetta Review, Fall 2012. (Read the poems).

“Day into Night,”  Monkeybicycle, Summer 2012.

“Ghost Story,” in Willow Review, Spring 2012.

“Pygmalion, Please,” with audio reading of the poem, in decomp magazine, September 2011. (Read and hear the poem).

“Concubine, Listening,” Old Red Kimono, vol. XXXIX, Spring 2010.

“Weather Without Rainbow,” California Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 2.

“Mostly Blue Painting,” California Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 4.

“Wetland,” The Cape Rock, Fall 2009.


“Discretion and Self-Censorship in Wharton’s Fiction: ‘The Old Maid’ and the Politics of Publishing,” in Edith Wharton Review 13, 1 (Fall 1996): 4-13.

“Spatial Rhythm and Poetic Invention in William Carlos Williams’s Sunday in the Park,” in The William Carlos Williams Review 21 (Spring 1995): 23-31

“Angel of Devastation”, a script for a biopic about the life of Edith Wharton.