Degrees and institutions granting the degree

  • University of Iowa, BA
  • State University of New York—Binghamton, MA, PhD

Professional Areas of Specialty

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Modern and Contemporary American Literature.

Selected publications and/or projects


The River Wife (novel, hardback), Random House, 2007.

Acts of Love on Indigo Road (stories, paperback), Coffee House Press, 2003.

Sweet Eyes (novel, paperback reprint), University of Nebraska Press, 2003; Harper Perennial, 1992 (paperback); Crown, 1991 (hardback).

The Weight of Dreams (novel, paperback), Penguin, 2000; Viking-Penguin, 1999 (hardback).

Strange Angels (novel, paperback reprint), Penguin, 2000; Harper Perennial, 1994 (paperback); Ticknor & Fields, 1993 (hardback).

Taking The Wall (short stories, paperback), Coffee House Press, 1999.

South of Resurrection (novel, paperback), Penguin, 1998; Viking-Penguin, 1997 (hardback).

A .38 Special and a Broken Heart (short stories, paperback), Coffee House Press, 1995.

Pretend We've Never Met (short stories, paperback), Peregrine Smith Press, 1989.

Bend This Heart (short stories, paperback), Coffee House Press, 1989.

Stories and Essays:

The Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Natural Bridge, and elsewhere.

Film Projects:

Speedway, New Concorde, 2004.


Three books chosen as New York Times Notable Books. Other awards include National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Nebraska Book Award, Nebraska Arts Council Merit Award, Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in Fiction, Loft McKnight Award of Distinction, and Editor's Choice Award from Foreword Magazine.

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