After seven years of writing, research, and drafting, I am happy to announce that my new book, The Man Who Sold God: Psychiana, the Great Depression, and the Power of Belief in Hard Times will be published in the spring of 2021 by WSU Press. A work of narrative nonfiction, the book marks a departure from my previous works.
Happy to report that my essay, “The End of Something,” will appear in The North American Review, America’s oldest literary journal. The essay concerns, among other things, the storied history of the Alexander Reservoir (near my hometown of Soda Springs, Idaho) and my memories of it.
Happy to have learned that my essay, “Vivian,” which appeared in Boulevard, was selected as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays 2019. This makes my sixth essay to have been selected for that series.
As reported, my essay, “Vivian,” appears in the pages of the venerable Boulevard. But what is particularly gratifying and cool is that it appears in that magazine’s 100th issue! If that alone wasn’t enough of a good thing, consider all the amazing talent I am lucky enough to be accompanied by: Ariel Saramandi, Chana Kim, Albert Goldbarth, Stephen Dixon, plus an interview with Jane Smiley. But don’t believe me. Check it out here.
Happy to report that my essay, “Vivian,” a piece about a 1936 double-murder-suicide in rural Missouri, will appear in Boulevard. If you aren’t yet familiar with the great work they’ve been producing since 1985, check them out. Like, now.
Happy to announce that my essay, “Through the Glass Clearly,” first published in The Missouri Review, was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2017. This makes my 5th Notable Essay in that series.
There is also a wonderful bio on Speer Morgan, esteemed Editor of TMR, over at Vox Magazine in which my little essay gets a nice shout-out. Read the interview for what it says about Speer, though, truly one of America’s great literary editors who has championed new and established writers for four decades. You’ll be glad you did.
My craft piece, “The Essay & the Art of Equivocation,” is up at Brevity. It’s about why the successful essay demands an agile, equivocative mind that is open and inclusive. But it is also a piece that has a political hue. Check it out here.
My essay, “Finding Emily & Elizabeth”–out now in The Georgia Review–is being featured on Poetry Daily’s site. Check it out. And you while you are there, bookmark PD. It’s a great site. But you already knew that.
I’m happy to be a part of the current issue of The Georgia Review. My essay, “Finding Emily & Elizabeth,” is part of a special feature in the Summer 2014 edition. Additionally, the good folks at GR have featured me on their “Author Bookshelf” page. You can check it out here.
Awhile back, I had the chance to sit down once again with Montana Public Radio’s Cherie Newman on her fantastic show, “The Write Question.” It was a lot of fun to be part of such an amazing series of interviews. There a ton of interviews over there that are just straight-up awesome to listen to, but could also be really useful in the classroom as well. Check it out. You can hear my interview by clicking here.