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  • May 2016: I am thrilled to share that my memoir, On the Far Side of the Fire, will be coming out from Beacon Press in the summer of 2018! My agent, Matt McGowan, found a great home for the book and I am so grateful to him. Amy Caldwell is my editor at Beacon and she seems like the perfect person to help me tell this story.
  • April 2016: Taught another memoir/creative nonfiction workshop at Writespace. In July and August I’ll be teaching a four-week intensive creative nonfiction workshop there.
  • June 2015: Led a memoir/creative nonfiction workshop at Writespace Houston. What a great community of writers.
  • April 2015: Joined my mentor Kimberly Meyer for a reading hosted by The Center for Creative Work at the University of Houston Honors College. Later in the month I spent a wonderful week in the Blue Ridge mountains courtesy of the Wildacres residency program.
  • March 2015: Excited to learn that Writers@Work selected my essay “Language in the Latter Days” as the second prize winner in their 2015 Fellowship Competition. Published a short piece on the Sojourners blog about one of my heroes–Rev. Gordon Cosby.
  • August 2014: “On the Far Side of the Fire” was selected as a finalist for the PEN Center USA 2014 Literary Award in Journalism. (Congrats to fellow Houstonian Craig Malisow for winning the award with a piece from Houston Press.) The essay also received Notable Mentions in this year’s Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading.
  • July 2014: Received a 2014 Emerging Artist Grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance!
  • May 2014: Spent a terrific Saturday afternoon teaching a spiritual memoir class at Ecclesia Houston. A big thank you to Nancy Smith for helping to organize the class and Poets & Writers for funding it. I also read with Alex Lemon and Matthew Salesses as part of the Poison Pen reading series.
  • March 2014: Guest blog post up at Essay Daily. Just found out that “On the Far Side of the Fire” was selected as a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters’ annual short nonfiction award.
  • February 2014: Interview up at Killing the Buddha. Thanks to Brook Wilensky-Lanford for asking such thoughtful questions.
  • January 2014: Ninth Letter issue 10.2 is released,  featuring “On the Far Side of the Fire,” some wonderful flash fiction from my friend Adam Peterson, lots of other great poetry and prose, and a pair of 3D glasses. Longreads selected “On the Far Side of the Fire” as a Member Pick – click here for the full text.
  • July 2013: Posted an interview with nonfiction writer Craig Reinbold on Ruminate’s blog.
  • June 2013: “On the Far Side of the Fire” was selected by Lia Purpura as the winner of the 2013 Ninth Letter creative nonfiction contest.
  • May 2013: Found out my essay “Father of Disorder” received a Pushcart Prize!  The anthology will come out in November.
  • March 2013: Reading at the AWP Conference with Ruminate and WordFarm Press.
  • July 2012: Keira Havens of Ruminate magazine did a short interview with me about “Father of Disorder.”  Check it out here.
  • March 2012: Won the 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, sponsored by Ruminate magazine.  My essay “Father of Disorder” appeared in Issue 24: Heirlooms (Summer 2012). Really grateful to Leslie Leyland Fields for selecting it for the VanderMey Prize.