Degrees and institutions granting the degree
- Trinity University, BA
- Texas A&M University, MA, PhD
Professional Areas of Specialty
Memoir, Fiction, U.S. Ethnic Literatures, Women's Literatures, Modernism
Selected publications and/or projects
"How We Are Made." White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood. Ed. Rishma Dunlop. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007.
"Not." Faith & Doubt: An Anthology of Poems. Ed. Patrice Vecchione. New York: Henry Holt, 2007
"A Favor I Did." Avery: An Anthology of New Fiction. Eds. Stephanie Fiorelli, Adam Koehler, and Andrew Palmer. Madison: Avery House Press, 2007.
The Truth Book: A Memoir. New York: Arcade Press, 2005.
"'My Little Illegality': Abortion, Resistance, and Women Writers on the Left." The Novel and the American Left. Ed. Janet Galligani Casey. Iowa City: U of Iowa, 2004.
"Farm Use." The Female Experience of Growing Up Working-Class. Ed. Michelle Tea. Seattle: Seal Press, 2004.
"Edging." Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers. Eds. Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender. Seattle: Seal Press, 2001.
Stories and essays in Mid-American Review, North American Review, Cream City Review, Chelsea, Quarterly West, The New York Times Magazine, and others. Scholarly work on Naomi Shihab Nye, Sandra Cisneros, Jean Rhys, Tess Gallagher, Josephine Herbst, Meridel Le Sueur, and Margery Latimer.
The Truth Book selected as a BookSense Notable Book, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholarship in nonfiction, McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholar Award, Norcroft Writers' Residency
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