An essay about dancing

September 18, 2018

Learning to dance at my age has been a beautiful and strange process, which I consider in a new essay in the October issue of Columbus Monthly magazine. (And if you’re in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, September 29 at 5:30 PM, you can come round to the dance studio where I study and hear me read the essay . . . and then see a reprise performance of “The Things That I Knew,” the contemporary dance piece choreographed (read more…)

A short story about friendship, love, and aging

June 22, 2017

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All of Us,” a new short story, is now available in a Kindle edition (a sort of e-chapbook!). Download it here.

An interview about Like A Song

April 9, 2017

…and how Midwestern (and gothic?) I am.  Read it here.

“Writing the Apple”

June 20, 2016

A roundtable discussion, edited by Joe Oestreich, with Joe and me along with Heather Kirn Lanier and Amy Monticello (and I feel I should proudly point out that all of them are Ohio State MFA alumni) will be out any minute now in Creative Nonfiction’s “Childhood” issue (Summer 2016). In it, we talk about what we risk when we write about our kids.

On the radio

May 25, 2016

You can see as well as hear the Friday, May 27 episode of All Sides Weekend/Books on WOSU 89-7 NPR News here.

“All of Us” – a new story

May 19, 2016

“All of Us,” a new short story–the first in many years!–is out in Conjunctions.

Review of Like A Song

December 31, 2015

Check it out at Literary Mama.

An interview about the “slash” prize

December 22, 2015

I judge an annual book prize for a collection of short prose–“The Non/Fiction Prize”–at Ohio State, and here I am talking about the prize, about publishing stories and essays in general, and, you know, just talking.

All of Us – a story

November 17, 2015

New story due out in spring 2016 in Conjunctions.

All of us were middle-aged. All of us were tired. All of us had children, many of them grown or almost grown. Two of us were single mothers of still-young adopted children and thus were especially tired, as was the one of us who’d given birth to twins the year before (at forty-five, after three rounds of IVF)—she was spectacularly tired, even though the father of the (read more…)

On the radio

November 14, 2015

Listen to the episode of All Sides Weekend with Christopher Purdy (WOSU) from Friday, November 13, 2015 in which Harmony Project Director David Brown, Sandy Frey — whose group is one of our constituents — and me talk about the Harmony Project’s mission and music (and Christopher Purdy plugs my book — in which there’s an essay about the Harmony Project — while he’s at it, because he’s just that kind of guy).