Essay Wins Carter Prize

January 31, 2009

My essay, “The Bone Road,” which was published in Shenandoah (Fall 2008), has just won the Thomas H. Carter Prize for the Essay for that magazine. Other writers who have won in the past include Rebecca McClanahan, Paul Zimmer, Seamus Heaney, Margot Singer, and others. In addition to the $1,000.00 booty, I will select next year’s winner.


The Write Question

January 27, 2009

The Write Question, a program on Montana Public Radio, has a clip of me talking about my book and reading from a section of it. You can check it out by clicking here.

Some Site Changes

January 8, 2009

I have been asked to post some of my essays online and I haven’t until now had the time to do so. So if you want to read a sampling of some of my essays–including an excerpt from my current book, Works Cited–you can click on the link above now titled “Writing” and browse the pieces I have posted. Cheers & happy reading.


January 1, 2009

I have been invited to read and give a talk at this year’s Get Lit! festival in Spokane, Washington. Jane Smiley, among others, will be headlining this year’s festival. Past headliners at Get Lit! have included writers such as Sherman Alexie, Walter Mosley, Dorianne Laux, Tobias Wolff, and numerous others.