I was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for my second novel, Dodging and Burning, a murder mystery that explores the truth behind the photograph of a crime scene taken by a young war photographer, and its connection to the complex discriminatory attitudes toward homosexuals during the 1940s. My first novel—which also served as my thesis of my MFA at George Mason—was the bildungsroman of a female visionary artist during the 1920s interwoven with the story of her granddaughter’s present day recovery of the artist’s sculptures.
I was the first runner-up in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest, and I’ve been published in several literary magazines including The Roanoke Review. I graduated with my BA from Davidson College, MA in literature from Bread Loaf School of English, and a MFA in fiction from GMU, where I served as Executive Editor of Phoebe. I interned for a summer at the National Endowment for the Arts, where I learned about the grant application process and observed a panel of respected fiction writers discuss applicants’ manuscripts.
Currently, I chair 7-12 English Department at Flint Hill, a college preparatory school, outside of Washington, DC.
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