Professor Emerita, Department of English

Academy Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

The Ohio State University



University of Iowa, M.F.A. (Creative Writing)

Brooklyn College, B.A./B.S. cum laude (English/Chemistry)





Animal Behavior: Essays. Galileo Press, forthcoming 2025.

Like A Song: Essays. Outpost19, 2015.

A Girl’s Guide to Life. Thought Catalog Books, 2015.

Stories We Tell Ourselves: Dream Life and Seeing Things. University of Iowa Press (Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction), 2013.

The Middle of Everything: Memoirs of Motherhood. University of Nebraska Press, 2005. Paperback edition, 2013.



Close-Up. DLJ Books, Columbus State University of Georgia Press, 2022.

Devotion: A Novel. Outpost19, 2016.

Dog: A Short Novel.  MacAdam/Cage, 2005. Paperback edition, 2006.  Italian edition, Baldini & Castoldi, 2006. Brazilian edition, Editora Bertrand, 2009. Reprinted 2016 in the U.S. by Outpost19.

A New and Glorious Life. Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998.

Missing. The Ohio State University Press, 1990. Paperback edition, 1991.


Weekly Column

“Care and Feeding,” Slate,, July 2019-.


In periodicals, anthologies, etc.

“On Balance,” an essay, Epiphany (winter 2023).

Daily Papers,” an essay, Michigan Quarterly Review (summer 2023).

“How to Do It,” guest columnist, Slate (January 2023; August 2023).

“Goodbye to All That,” an essay, Columbus Monthly (March 2022).

Better,” an essay, The Sun (October 2021).

My Father’s Scrapbook,” a microessay, the keepthings (May 2021).

Armed for A Pandemic,” an essay, American Scholar (February 2021).

“The Darling,” fiction, Ploughshares annual longform issue (fall 2020). Simultaneous publication as a standalone e-book in the Ploughshares Solos Series: The Darling. Boston: Ploughshares/Emerson College, 2020.

“Close-Up” (an excerpt from the novel), Townsend Literary Journal (Volume 2, May 2020).

The Little Light,” an essay, Slate (January 2020).

“Reverence,” fiction, Story (winter 2019).

Closer,” fiction, Valparaiso Fiction Review (Volume 8, Number 2, May 2019).

Thank You for the Barre,” an essay, Columbus Monthly (October 2018)

“Full Fathom Five,” an essay, Mother, Mother (May 2016).

“All of Us,” fiction, Conjunctions (#66, Affinity: The Friendship Issue, spring 2016).

Report from the Field: I Stood There Ironing,” an essay, Vida: Women in Literary Arts (autumn 2015).

Gone,” an essay, Creative Nonfiction (winter 2014).

“Ach, You’ll Know,” an essay, Edible Columbus (winter 2014).

Weekly commissioned essays for Thought Catalog (July 31, 2014-January 6, 2015).

“Truth, Truthiness, Memory, & Bald-faced Lies—& the Pleasures of Uncertainty,” an essay, River Teeth:

A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative (spring 2014).

“Keeping House,” an essay, Waccamaw: A Journal of Contemporary Literature (autumn 2012).

“Blessed be he who comes,” poetry, Iodine Poetry Journal (autumn 2012).

“No Place Like Home,” an essay, River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative (autumn 2011).

Dream Life (a condensed version of the novella-length essay), Amazon Kindle Single (2011).

“Allein ist allein,” an excerpt from Missing (translated into German) in Nicht ganz koscher. Patricia

Reiman (Editor).  Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (2011).

Reminiscence (untitled), Word by Word, an anthology published on the occasion of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s 75th Anniversary. David Busis (Editor). Iowa City: University of Iowa (2011).

Foreign Excellent,” an essay, New Ohio Review (autumn 2009).

“Busy Doing Nothing,” an essay, for “Out of Character: A Symposium,” Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts (spring 2009).

“The Kiss,” an essay, The Other Chekhov. Okla Elliott and Kyle Minor (Editors). Fort Collins, CO: New American Press, 2008.

“Seeing Things,” an essay, The Southern Review (spring 2007).

Brotherly Love,” an essay, Big City Lit (autumn 2007).

“Finding My Voice,” an essay, Redbook (March 2007).

“Finders Keepers,” an essay, O, the Oprah Magazine (January 2007). Reprinted in O’s Little Guide to the Big Questions. New York: Flatiron Books, 2018.

“Telling the Story,” an essay, Arabesques Literary and Cultural Review (autumn 2006).

“Under the Surface,” a short essay and original writing exercise, Now Write. Sherry Ellis (Editor). New York: Tarcher/Penguin, 2006.

“The Perfect Mother,” an essay, O, the Oprah Magazine (May 2006). Reprinted in the South African edition of O (September 2010).

“El Fin del Mundo,” fiction, Stumbling and Raging: Politically Inspired Stories. Stephen Elliott (Editor). San Francisco, CA: MacAdam/Cage, 2006.

“The Bedside Table: Reading in Stacks,” an essay, The Southeast Review (spring 2006).

“Performance,” an essay, American Scholar (spring 2005).

“Dog” (excerpt), fiction, The Bark (spring 2005).

“Career Girl,” an essay, Minnesota Public Radio (January 30, 2005).

“Hope against Hope,” an essay, Literary Mama (August 2004).

“Rubber Soul,” an essay, Gesture (spring 2004).

“Idolatry,” an essay, River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative (spring 2004). Reprinted in The River Teeth Reader.  Joe Mackall and Dan Lehman (Editors). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (2009).

The Art of Sleeping,” poetry, Big City Lit (March 2004).

“Jobs for Philosophers,” fiction, At Length (winter 2004).

“Dog,” fiction, Gingko Tree Review (autumn 2003).

“Shabbes,” fiction, in Celebrating The Jewish Holidays. Steven Rubin (Editor).  Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England (2003).

“Superstar,” an essay, River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative (autumn 2002).

“Don’t Let the Devil Fool You,” fiction, Three Plum Review (autumn 2001).

“A Poetics of the Interior,” an essay, Thirteenth Moon (autumn 2000).

“Triolet,” poetry, Connecticut Review (spring 2000).

“Disappearances,” fiction, American Literary Review (spring 1999).

“Love,” fiction, The Yalobusha Review (spring 1997).

“Hope Among Men,” a story, The Northwest Review (spring 1995).

Excerpts from Missing, Hadassah (March 1992).

“Auslander,” Japanese translation, Bungakukai Monthly (Tokyo) (September 1989).

“Auslander,” in Twenty Under Thirty:  Best Stories by America’s New Young Writers  Debra Spark (Editor). New York: Scribners, 1986. Reprinted in American Jewish Fiction: A Century of Stories. Gerald Shapiro (Editor). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998 (reprinted in Ukranian. Kiev: Dukh i Litera, 2020). Reprinted in Crossing Borders: Stories and Essays about Translation. Lynne Sharon Schwartz (Editor). New York: Seven Stories Press, 2018.

“Auslander” (condensed version), North American Review (June 1986).

“Erlich’s Legacy,” fiction, Iowa Journal of Literary Studies (spring 1985).

“By These Things,” fiction, Brooklyn Literary Review (winter 1985).

“Facts of Life,” fiction, Nebraska Review (autumn 1985).

“August 2, 1978,” journal excerpts, in Ariadne’s Thread, An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Journals. Lyn Lifshin (Editor). New York: Harper & Row, 1984. Reprinted in New York Diaries: 1609-2009. Teresa Carpenter (Editor). New York: Modern Library (2012).

“All I Want to Know,” fiction, Plainswoman (June 1984). Reprinted in The Columbus Dispatch (April 1986) and The Village Advocate (Chapel Hill, NC) (March 1986).

“He’s Here,” fiction, Bloodroot (spring 1983).

“Free,” fiction, Dark Horse (winter 1980).

“How I’ve Changed With Time,” fiction, Bloodroot (winter 1979).

“At the Beach,” fiction, Story Quarterly (spring 1979).



“Tyler and Althea,” a play in one act, Ursinus College, 1980 (playwright)



Teaching Awards, The Ohio State University

Sphinx and Mortar Board Senior Class Honorary Societies Award, 2008

Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring, College of Humanities, 2007

Outstanding Teaching Award, Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, 2005

University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1999

Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellowship, 1990-1991


Research Awards, The Ohio State University

International Travel Grant, College of Arts and Humanities, spring 2017

Faculty Professional Research Awards, College of Humanities: winter/spring 1996; winter 2004; spring 2017

Special Research Awards, College of Humanities: spring 1991, spring 1993, winter 1999; autumn 2016

Grants-in-Aid for Research, College of Humanities: autumn 2014, autumn 2013, spring 1991, spring 1993, autumn 2003

Virginia Hull Research Award, College of Humanities, 1991


Other Awards, Honors, Grants, and Fellowships

Greater Columbus Arts Council Funds for Artists Grant, 2023

Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence ($10,000), 2020

Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowships in Fiction ($5000), 1989, 1999, 2020

The Best American Stories 2017, Distinguished Story

Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose Nonfiction, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, for Like A Song: Essays, 2016

The Best American Essays 2016, Notable Essay

Yaddo Artists’ Colony Fellow, summer 2016, summer 1990

Like A Song one of O, the Oprah Magazine’s “Ten Books to Pick Up,” April 2015

Stories We Tell Ourselves longlisted (among eight essay collections) for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for a book published in 2013 “that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature”

The Best American Essays 2012, Notable Essay

Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowships in Creative Nonfiction ($5000), 2004 and 2009

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008, Notable Spiritual Writing

The Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses, Special Mention, Creative Nonfiction

The Pushcart Prize XXXI: Best of the Small Presses, Special Mention, Creative Nonfiction

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist (Autobiography/Memoir), 2006

Ohioana Award for Editorial Excellence, 2004

Greater Columbus Arts Council Grant in Fiction (one grant awarded biennially; $5000), 2003

MacDowell Artists’ Colony Fellow, spring 1993

Hadassah/Harold U. Ribalow Award for Best Jewish Book of the Year, for Missing, 1991

Missing selected by VLS, December 1990, as one of the “Twenty-five Best Books of the Year”

Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship (Stanford University), offered 1988 (declined)

James Michener Fellowship, the Copernicus Society of America, ($7500), 1987

National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Fiction ($20,000), 1986

Teaching-Writing Fellowship, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 1985-1986

Exxon Grant Teaching Fellowship, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 1984-1986

Research Assistantship, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 1984-1985

Fourth Annual PEN/NEA Syndicated Fiction Award, 1985


Other funding

$10,000 in grant funds from the College of Arts and Humanities, The Ohio State University, for

Research and Creative Activity, for Chekhov on Page and Stage, a conference (co-sponsored with faculty from the department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures and the Department of Theatre), 2009

$5000 in grant funds from the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University, for the development of an interdisciplinary seminar for M.F.A. student artists in all disciplines, 2006

$12,500 in grant funds from the Graduate School, The Ohio State University, for the development of a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Fine Art, 2005-2006



The Ohio State University, Department of English, Professor, 2006-2022

The Ohio State University, Department of English, Associate Professor, 1994-2006

The Ohio State University, Department of English, Assistant Professor, 1988-1994

University of Iowa, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Instructor (Undergraduate Fiction Writing), 1985-1986

University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Instructor (Techniques of Fiction Writing), 1984-1986


Courses taught at the Ohio State University

English 6765.01 (765, 665)   Graduate Workshop in Fiction

English 6768 (768)  Graduate Workshop in Nonfiction

English 6769   M.F.A. Special Topics (Character Workshop; Professionalization Seminar)

English 7871 (871) Literary Forms and Themes (graduate seminar) (Topics: The Art of the Novella; Retellings and Responses; Sentiment Without Sentimentality; Tackling the Same Beast Twice)

English 8903 (903)   Teaching College English (individualized graduate apprenticeships)

Comparative Studies 750   The Making of Art: A Multidisciplinary Graduate Seminar for Artists

Arts & Sciences 6750 (750)   Graduate Seminar in Fine Arts

English 6662   Literary Publishing (for graduate students)

English 5662 (662)   Literary Publishing (mixed undergraduate and graduate lecture/discussion)

English 8183 (693)   Individual Studies (tutorials in writing and revision; the literary interview; readings in Jewish-American fiction, literary autobiography and memoir; studies in a contemporary author)

English 265   Introduction to the Writing of Fiction (undergraduate lecture/workshop/discussion)

English 4565 (565)   Advanced Workshop in the Writing of Fiction (undergraduate workshop/discussion)

English 4568 (568)   Advanced Workshop in the Writing of Creative Nonfiction (undergraduate workshop/discussion)

English 3465  Intermediate Workshop in the Writing of Fiction (undergraduate workshop/discussion)

English 398   Introduction to Critical Writing (the gateway to the major for undergraduates: a lecture/discussion class that introduces the art of thinking and writing about literature)

English 4591.01H (591H)   Undergraduate Honors Seminar in Creative Writing (Special Topics: Art and Life: A Living Writers Seminar; The Art of Talking Back [Retellings & Responses]; Call and Response: Creative Writing and Music)

English 596   Studies in Literature and Other Arts (Special Topic: The Great American Book Musical)

First-Year Seminars (Special Topics: Life into Art: An Introduction to Artistic Process; Interdisciplinary Seminar for Young Artists; Why Do Fools Fall In Love? [Portrayals of Romantic Love in Song and Story]; An Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction; Care and Counsel: Taking Care of Ourselves and Others)


Curriculum development

-Co-founder of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Ohio State

-Redesigned the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences Freshman Common Book Program

-Lilly Teaching Fellowship based on a proposal for a new series of courses for undergraduates

-Full responsibility for the design and implementation of many new courses at Ohio State, including courses in literary publishing, an undergraduate honors seminars for writers, and a graduate interdisciplinary course for artists in all disciplines

-Involved in the planning and proposal of a new multidisciplinary M.F.A. program in new entertain-ment arts and technologies at OSU through the University’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD)

-Worked with faculty in Agriculture and Engineering to introduce the humanities and the arts into their undergraduates’ academic experience in a more integrated way

-Created and developed a new graduate interdisciplinary program for artists in all fields at OSU



Executive and Artistic Director, Young Writers Workshop, The Ohio State University, 2009-

Director, Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Fine Arts, 2006-2022

Director, Creative Writing Program, The Ohio State University, 1999-2003; 2011-2016

Director, Freshman Common Book Program, Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, 2006-2009

Acting Director, Creative Writing Program, The Ohio State University, 1998-1999



Series Editor, The Non/Fiction Collection Prize, offered jointly from the MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Ohio State University Press for a collection of stories or personal essays, 2015-2022

Faculty Advisor, The Journal, 2011-2022

M.F.A. Admissions Committee, 1992-2022

Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) mentor, 2019-2021

Faculty Advisor, The Grove, an undergraduate creative writing organization, 2009-2020

Course Director for English 268/2268, The Writing of Creative Nonfiction, supervising and observing the instructors of the 10 sections taught annually, 2009-2012, 2018

Faculty Advisor, The Book Club of the Ohio State University, 2016-2017

Faculty Advisor, Writers Guild, the M.F.A. student organization, 2001-2017

Editorial Board, The Ohio State University Press, 2015-2016

Chair, search committee (Assistant Professor hire, fiction writing), Department of English, 2015-2016

Chair, search committees (Visiting Assistant Professors, creative writing, three hires), Department of English, 2014-2015

Search committee, Film Studies (screenwriting hire), 2012-2013

Faculty Advisor, Writers Anonymous, an undergraduate organization, 2005-2012

Faculty Advisor, B-Poets, an undergraduate organization, 2000-2010

Judge, “Traveling the Path Unwritten” Poetry Slam, 32nd Annual African American Heritage Festival, April 2010

Joint Selection Committee, Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring in the College of Humanities and Paul W. Brown Award for Distinguished Under-graduate Teaching in the Departments of English and History, College of Humanities, 2010

Selection Committee, Paul W. Brown Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching in the Departments of English and History, College of Humanities, 2009

“The Heart’s Desire,” backpage essay for the Ohio State Alumni Magazine, July-August 2009

Course Director for English 265/2265, The Writing of Fiction, supervising and observing the instructors of the 13 sections taught annually), 1994-1995; 1997-2001; 2002-2004; 2007-2009

Faculty representative for the College of Humanities, New First Quarter Freshmen Orientation, 2007-2009

Search Committees (various creative writing hires), Department of English, 1988-1989, 1992-1993, 1996-1997, 2008-2009

U.S. Student Fulbright Campus Committee, The Graduate School, autumn 2007

University Orientation Opening Speaker for the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, July-August 2007

Thesis/Dissertation Fellowship Committee, Department of English, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007

Selection Committee, Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring, College of Humanities, 2004-2006

Programs and Policies, Department of English, 2002-2003; 2004-2006

Judge, College of Engineering/College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences Poetry Contest, 2004, 2005

Interdisciplinary Proposing Committee, New Entertainment Arts and Technologies, spring 2004

Judge, Literary Awards Competition, Ohio State University Marion, spring 2004

“Why ‘Creative’ Writing,” an essay in Talking About Teaching at the Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Academy of Teaching, 2003

Chair, Search Committee (“Selective Investment” hire, creative writing), Department of English, 2000-2001

Chair, Search Committee (Associate Professor hire, creative nonfiction), Department of English, 2000-2001

University Presidential Fellowship Committee, 1999-2001

Prize Committee, Department of English, 1999-2001

Chair, Search Committee (Assistant Professor hire, creative nonfiction), Department of English, 1999- 2000

Ad Hoc Committee for Fellowships, Department of English, autumn 1999

The Ohio State University Press Ohio Authors at Work (Performance & Publication Series Development Committee) and Liaison for Creative Writing, Wexner Reading Series, 1998

Graduate Studies Committee, Department of English, 1996-1997

Visiting Writers’ Co-Coordinator, 1989-1992; Coordinator, 1994-1995, 1996-1997

Editor, Impromptu, OSU English Department’s alumni magazine, 1994-1995

Faculty Advisor, Mosaic (OSU’s undergraduate magazine of literature and art), 1990-1996

English Department Committee for Teaching Effectiveness, 1992-1993

Consultant to the College of the Arts Search Committee for the Director, Wexner Center for the Arts, autumn 1992

Faculty Advisory Committee, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1991-1992

Chair, Wexner Center for the Arts Subcommittee on Exhibitions and Programming for Teaching, 1991-1992

Faculty Advisor, OSU Undergraduate Writers’ Club, 1991-1992



Numerous public readings and talks (at Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Columbia University, Creighton University, Denison University, Dominican University of California, Drake University, Harvard University, Indiana University, Indiana/Purdue University-Indianapolis, the University of Iowa, Kenyon College, Miami University, Mills College, Mississippi State University, Salve Regina University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of New Orleans, the University of Nevada-Reno, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Wesleyan University, the Hudson Library & Historical Society, the Happy Ending Reading Series (New York City), La Mama Experimental Theater, the New York Public Library, Sunday Salon (Brooklyn), the Wexner Center for the Arts, and many other venues)

College application advising/counseling for students and their families, 2020-

Columnist, Slate, 2019-

Advisory Editor, At Length, 2012-

The Harmony Project, a music and service organization, 2011-

Advisory Board, Words Work Network (for high school student writers), 2001-

Guest, All Sides Weekend/All Sides Books, WOSU/NPR Affiliate Radio, April 2013, November 2015, June 2016, April 2019, January 2020, March 2022

Panelist, Toledo Arts Commission, Merit Awards (judging across all arts disciplines), November 2020

Guest Co-Host, Podcast, Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting, December 12, 2019

Family supervision volunteer, Franklin County Children’s Services, 2012-2019

Panelist, Kentucky Arts Council, 2018

Volunteer, Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library, college advising for high school students, 2017-2018

Volunteer, OSU Star House, a drop-in center for homeless teenagers, 2016-2018

The Unison Project/The Commons in Harmony, an arts organization for those transitioning from being unhoused, 2012-2016

Evaluator for proposed M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University of Ohio, 2013-2014

Keynote speaker and visiting writer, Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference, September 2013

Editor, The Journal, 1990-2011

Coordinator, Authors at Work Series, Columbus City Schools, 2007-2011

Conference Co-Organizer, 2010 International Chekhov Conference: Chekhov on Stage and Page, December 2-4, 2010

Designed and taught a series of professional development courses for Columbus City Schools high school language arts teachers, 2009-2010

Strategic Planning Committee, Ohio Arts Council, July 2010.

Judge, Poetry Out Loud, Columbus Alternative High School, January 2010

Board of Directors, Columbus City Schools/OSU Young Writers’ Workshop, 2008-2009

Judge, Undergraduate Creative Writing Award, Rice University, 2008.

Juror, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Grant Program in Biography/Autobiography/Memoir, 2007

Judge, Writers in Residence Awards, The Museum of Art at the University of Iowa, 2007

Judge, Graduate Writing Awards in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, The MFA Program at Mills College, 2007

Organizing Committee, MELUS 2008: “Towards a Confluence of Multiethnic Arts and the University,” Spring 2007

Advisor, “Redheaded Stepson,” a writing group/workshop for members of the Columbus writing community.  2005-2006

“So You Want to be a Writer?” Workshops for nine- to fourteen-year-old girls, Take A Daughter to Work Day at the Ohio State University, 2003, 2004, 2006

“OSU Students for a Day” field-trip for Clintonville Academy students, with “classes” arranged in various departments throughout the University (Physics, Psychology, Vocal Performance, Chemistry, Theater, Dance, Art, etc., and a two-hour creative writing workshop) annually, 2000-2006

Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry writing workshops for elementary school-age children at Clintonville Academy and Columbus City Schools. 1998-2006

Final Judge, Rutheanne Wiley Novella Contest, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2005

Visiting Writer, Columbus City Schools, Middle School Gifted and Talented Program, Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy, January 2005

Science Fair judge, Clintonville Academy, 2001-2005

Evaluator for proposed M.F.A. in Creative Writing from a consortium of Northeastern Ohio Universities, May 1999 (initial proposal), August 2004 (revised proposal), approved by the Regents Advisory Committee on Graduate Study in October 2004

Panelist in Creative Nonfiction, Pennsylvania State Council of the Arts, 2004

Organizer of Writers Get Out the Vote event for students at OSU, September 28, 2004

Visiting Lecturer, Cleveland State University Imagination Conference, summer 2004

Arranged a series of events, open to the university community and the public, covering issues in publishing (supported by matching funds by the College of Humanities), spring 2004

“Shadow A Student Day” at the Ohio State University, introducing Columbus City Schools middle school students to college-level creative writing, February 2004

Judge, Best of Ohio Writers, 2002

Judge, University of Missouri Creative Writing Prizes, 2001

Contributing Editor, In Posse Review, 1998-1999

Ohioana Library Committee for Editorial Excellence, 1992-1994

Judge, 1992 Harold U. Ribalow Award

Educational consultant, LSAT, 1985

Editor (supervising the screening and selection of manuscripts), Iowa Short Fiction Award, 1984

Freelance book editor, various New York City publishers, 1977-1984

Co-host, “Words in Action,” the Candy Jones Show, WMCA Radio (New York City), 1983

Reporter, The Associated Press, New York City Bureau, 1977-1978

Manuscript Editor, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976-1977



“Livd3,” featured performer with FluxFlow Dance Project, Beeler Gallery, Columbus, December 2022

“Tenderly,” a dance film, featured performer with FluxFlow Dance Project, March 2022

Spatula,” a dance film, featured performer with FluxFlow Dance Project, April 2021

“URSULA/Monkey and Bear,” featured performer with FluxFlow Dance Project, Flux + Flow Studio & Gallery, Columbus, July 2019

“Lovely & Awful,” featured performer with FluxFlow Dance Project, Fisher Theater, Columbus, April 2019 (video-excerpts here)

The Things That I Knew,” featured performer with FluxFlow Dance Project, Franklinton Playhouse, Columbus, July 2018