Fall news

Hello, all!

My book tour for Be with Me Always took up most of my time and energy this summer (see the pictures below) but now that it’s fall I have some news to post.

I’ve recently had two essays published:

“The Sitting” at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies (please read this one on something other than a phone so you can see the three calibrated columns!)

“What to Read When You’re Haunted” at The Rumpus


I’ve been working very hard editing my upcoming lyric essay anthology to be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2021.

And I’m teaching two creative writing classes at American University this academic year as well as leading a series of workshops with the New Directions program in Washington, DC.

Be with Me Always events continue, though, including today’s presentation at George Mason’s Fall for the Book and a Literary Death Match (!) on Saturday 12 October.  You can read more about upcoming events on my Events page.

Thanks, as always, for your interest!  And here are some pictures from my tour:


Summer book tour for Be with Me Always

The second half of my book tour starts this Saturday at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland.

After that it’s Arlington, Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Lancaster — and online.  Click on my Events page for more detailed information.  Hope to see you at one reading or another!

* BE with Me Always Events 2

If you want to read a bit about what touring takes, check out my “Training for Touring” at the University of Nebraska Press’s blog (and see how Bon Jovi can help).

Thanks — as always — for reading!


Be with Me Always is officially out in the world!

Today was launch day for my debut essay collection, Be with Me Always.

In the morning I visited the Essays & Criticism section at Politics and Prose and saw it on the shelves:


BWMA and me at P&P 2

In the afternoon I read that it made the top 100 in “Best Sellers in Essays” on Amazon, thanks to all of you who ordered it today and pre-ordered it earlier!


And tonight I’m going to eat some cake and watch Wuthering Heights because that’s where the title comes from (not the film, but the novel).

Tom Hardy says Be with me always

Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!

And that is a very good book birthday.