I write fiction and creative nonfiction in a variety of forms and genres, and I'm particularly interested in speculative fiction that focuses on technology. Right now I'm working on two main projects. The first is a short story collection with an emphasis on pop culture and technology such as social media, reality television, and video games. I’m also working on a speculative novel about ghosts and video games and cornfields.
My family moved around quite a bit, and I spent most of my childhood in West Germany, where I spent hours reading in the library on the army base where my mother worked. The books I read never quite seemed to explain the reality of my experiences, and I grew up using writing as a way of trying to make sense of the people and places around me and to try to tell those stories.
My writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, Willow Springs, Witness, Water-Stone Review, The Pinch, and other journals. Some of the awards I have received include a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, a University of New Orleans Writing Award for Study Abroad, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
I enjoy literature of all kinds, and some of my favorite contemporary authors are Jennifer Egan, Junot Diaz, Karen Russell, Aimee Bender, Arundhati Roy, and many others. If you’re interested in reading the work of some of the amazing new and emerging writers I admire, you can find links to their works here.
As a storyteller, I am particularly interested in unconventional and digital forms, and I've been a fan of video games since my dad brought home our first Atari. I’m interested in the effects that digital media can have on the experience of story, and some of my favorite video games are narrative-based independent works such as Firewatch, Life is Strange, What Remains of Edith Finch, Device 6, 80 Days, Her Story, and others. I’m always looking for new and interesting ways of telling and experiencing stories, so if you have suggestions or recommendations, send me a message!
Currently, I am completing my PhD in creative writing at the University of Cincinnati, where I teach classes in creative writing and digital literature. I’m also the curatorial assistant for the UC Games Lab.
When I’m not working, I enjoy listening to music, running, and spending time with my husband Tony and our cats, Charlie and Wendell.