Welcome to my website! I'm the author of six award-winning books of creative nonfiction, the most recent of which is Bread: A Memoir of Hunger (University of Missouri Press, fall 2016). I'm a Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where I teach courses in creative nonfiction. Please email me if you would like me to give a reading or book talk or visit your book club.
I just received this lovely message from Alea Hall, a graduate student in English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, who is reading the pages proofs for Bread. I love it so much, in fact, that I'm sharing the last line of her message here.
"You have unveiled all the secret corners of this disease, unbound the gags, there is something truly moving and spiritual about this work--I am sad to finish it."
This is the response from readers that I dream of! Thank you Alea!
I am pleased to see that seven of my essays are listed in the Best American Essay Project spear-headed by Karen Babine. Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies has provided a searchable database of the writers, essays, and journals that comprise the last thirty years of the Best American Essays series. Some writers, like David Sedaris, John Updike, Jamaica Kincaid, Lauren Slater, and many others, have numerous essays listed. And, too, there are some darn good essayists that don't make the list at all. Even so, it's a valuable resource, and I'm honored to be included. Here's the link if you want to check it out for yourself: