Blog Posts 

Blog posts for Ploughshares are collected on this page.

In Honor of National Short Story Month: Antonya Nelson, and “Here Is a Little Something To Remember Me By,” by Dan ChaonMissouri Review

Essays and Recommended Reading

“Twelve Haunting American Short Stories to Read this Halloween,” Electric Lit.

“The Then of Now,”  Talking Writing.

“Running Joke,” WOMEN = BOOKS

“What You’re Not Reading Now,” for WOMEN = BOOKS

“Middle-Age Spread,” for WOMEN = BOOKS

“Free to Be, Cinderella and Me” for WOMEN = BOOKS

Book Reviews

“Things Underneath.” Review of How to Be Both by Ali SmithWomen’s Review of Books, May/June 2015.

“Nothing But Being Told You Don’t Belong.” Review of How To Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique, and Goree: Point of Departure by Angela Barry. Women’s Review of Books.  November/December 2011.

“Sarah Silverman: Idiot Savant.” Review of The Bedwetter, by Sarah Silverman. Talking Writing, April 2011.

“Sticky Tables.” Review of Nothing Right by Antonya Nelson. Women’s Review of Books, September/October 09.

“Brought to Light.”  Review of The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett and Signed, Mata Hari by Yannick Murphy. Women’s Review of Books, May/June 2008.

“Disoriginated.” Review of Recyclopedia by Harryette Mullen, The Incognito Body by Cynthia Hogue, and Innovative Women Poets. Women’s Review of Books, November/December, 2007.

“Taking the Risk.” Essay review of The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro and The Light of Evening by Edna O’Brien. Women’s Review of Books, May/June 2007.

“Bait and Switch.” Review of Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson WhiteheadThe Cincinnati Review 3:2 (2006).

 “The Stuff of Wonder.” Review of Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender, Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link, and Nice Big American Baby by Judy Budnitz. Women’s Review of Books. July/August, 2006.


“One Year In: Writing the Novel,” my interview series for the Ploughshares blog, is on this page.

Interviews with Kim Chinquee, Anne Panning, Kelcey Parker, Donna Vitucci, and other writers featured in Talking Writing may be found here.

Scholarly Chapters in Edited Books

“Vision and Re-Vision in Creative Writing Pedagogies.” Exploring Signature Pedagogies. Nancy Chick, Regan Gurung, and Aeron Haynie, editors. Stylus Press. 2008.

“‘The Sun’s Children’: Shadow Work in the Black Arts Poetry of LeRoi Jones/ Amiri Baraka.”  Post-Jungian Criticism. Ed. James S. Baumlin, Tita F. Baumlin, and George H. Jensen. Buffalo: The State University Press of New York, 2003.

“The Entanglements of Teaching Nappy Hair.” Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics. Ed. Bonnie TuSmith and Maureen Reddy. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2002.

Other work –> In Progress 


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