I was born in Switzerland, the daughter of American parents. My father performed for 5 years as lead tenor of the Zürich Opera House. In the States, we moved a lot, and much of my early life was spent in Michigan and Ohio. Later, I lived decades in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. I left the Bay Area to teach in the English Department and Graduate Creative Writing Program at Indiana University-Bloomington.
I currently live in the DC Metro area where I write, occasionally teach, garden, hike, and pursue my interests in African-American history and current politics.
SELECTED AWARDS: Ellen Gilchrist Award for Short Fiction, Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, Lawrence Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Kenyon Review Prize for Literary Excellence in Fiction. Numerous distinguished and honorable mentions in Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and O.Henry Prize Stories.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: More than 250 poems, essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in more than 150 journals, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, New England Review, Southern Review, L.A. Times Summer Fiction Issue, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Story Quarterly, Story Magazine, American Fiction, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Journal of Critical Animal Studies, Journal of Animal Law, Puerto del Sol, Witness, Gulf Coast, Cream City Review, Slipstream, Rattle, etc.
SELECTED ANTHOLOGIES AND BOOK CHAPTERS: Crossing the Color Line; Options for Teaching Literature and Law; Posthumanism and Educational Research; High Infidelity; An Intricate Weave: Women Write about Girls and Girlhood, Listening to the Voices, Rules of Thumb, Creating Fiction, Altered States, etc.