Events and Updates
"Meet Dogxim, the world's first dog-fox hybrid" for National Geographic, Sept 2023.
Psyched to be included on this short list (alongside the amazing Lulu Wang and Tracey Wigfield) for Women's History Month, "to call attention to the storytelling contributions that Boston College alumnae have made to the world."
I wrote for Salon about how sci-fi favorites from childhood are helping me to grieve a father who is still alive -- June 2023.
Loved the chance to write about how reading "The Secret Garden" with my daughter coincided with hyperbaric oxygen treatments for Long COVID, over at Electric Literature.
Glad to be able to write about red wolves -- the world's rarest canine--and their ongoing struggles, once again for National Geographic.
After an amazing experience helping with annual health exams at Missouri's Endangered Wolf Center, I was glad to contribute "How to Teach Wolves to Be Wild" to Vox.com's Down to Earth series on the biodiversity crisis.
Grateful to National Geographic for giving me another opportunity to write about endangered red wolves and how to prevent them from going extinct.
I wrote for HuffPost Personal about how long COVID is affecting my family. **Note: If you've written to me in response to this essay, please understand I might not be able to respond to every message, but I appreciate them all very much. I am grateful and a bit overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and suggestions I've received!
So glad to be able to write about critically endangered red wolves for National Geographic.
I wrote for Salon about living with long COVID.
Heartened to be named a finalist for the very competitive (and very wonderful) 2021 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards, for artists and writers with children. Got some lovely feedback on new work, and a bit of financial support. Onward...
I was happy to write about my current project involving endangered red wolves as part of Harvard Review's Dispatches from a Pandemic.
I wrote for Salon about how Michaela Coel's stunning "I May Destroy You" on HBO has been a revelation to me as a survivor of sexual assault.
I wrote for Salon about working with Alex Trebek in my twenties, and in particular one night in Budapest when he was my own personal Google.
I've been awarded a 2020 Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist grant! This will support a book-length nonfiction project about how my budding fascination with a family of red wolves that live near my house coincided with a political awakening and led to my joining in their fight for survival (North Carolina is the only place in the world where these critically endangered animals still live wild). I'm psyched.
I wrote about the long journey I've been on with my novel, which has included learning a new language, moving to Sicily to spend a year hanging out with traditional puppeteers, and, more recently, overcoming deep-seated fears (among assorted other challenges); you can read a bit here and also here, on American Short Fiction's Bourbon & Milk blog about writing and parenthood.