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FICTION

Stories



Two weeks ago, there was a robbery at the Citgo not far from her house. A month
before that, a gang-related shooting in a nearby apartment building—close enough 
that she and her husband, Matt, heard the shots from their bedroom, where they 
slept with the windows open.
"The Trail," Day One

When the first deer appeared, Peter was distracted--thinking about Brendan, who was seven years old and developmentally on track, according to his profile on the CHS website.
"Someday All This Could Be Yours," storySouth

Today, Sharla is going on about her daughter’s ex again.
"The Same River," The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought

Katrina first glimpsed the MacDougall’s cottage around the last curve of a long, treed driveway, at the edge of a vast field, and her first thought was: this isn’t a cottage, this is a castle. 
"Aqua Vitae," Five Chapters

Last night, Florence lost her battle.
"Novitiate," Post Road

Craig wasn't in Hong Kong six months when he phoned to tell his parents he'd gotten engaged...
"The Long Life Hotel," At Length

Business was slow that summer -- the coldest, rainiest summer in twenty years...
"Only Small Things," Meridian

She was crouched on the gravel at the river's edge, tossing the remains of her hot dog bun to the ducks, when Wallace told her about the baby.
"The Last Known Survivor,"Five Chapters

Have you laughed, have you disobeyed, have you lied, have you grieved? Have you repented?
"Woman, Fire and the Sea" Playboy
winner of annual College Fiction contest

Two months before he died my father took my sister and me to the beach, and that’s the glimpse I hold of him...
"Of Time and Wind" /One/ the Journal

It was Dean's idea -- the pact they made, at journey's outset, to do away with alarm clocks, wristwatches, anything that kept track of time... 
"Immersion Program" Colorado Review

 "Cockles," Marnie told them. "Razorback. Scallop. Cat's paw. Coffee bean." 
"Purpose Cove," Toyon



Writing Honors (selected):

Creative Writing Fulbright Fellowship to Italy

MacDowell Arts Colony Fellowship
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference work-study (waiter) scholarship, fiction
Playboy Magazine Annual College Fiction Contest Winner
Coughlin-Lawrence Fiction Scholarship Winner Solstice Summer Writers Conference
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Story Contest, Top Ten Finalist
Colorado Review Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, Top Ten Finalist
Summer Literary Seminars, finalist in fiction
Indiana Review Fiction Prize, Runner-up