A fiction writer from Omaha, Nebraska, I report a civil law and politics beat and teach creative writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
In August 2017, Little A will publish my debut novel, Kings of Broken Things.
My short stories have appeared in Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest, Boulevard (as the winner of their Short Fiction Prize for Emerging Writers), The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, Confrontation, and Five Chapters, among others. In February 2015, my chapbook On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown was published by Edition Solitude.
I’ve been awarded scholarships from Wesleyan Writers Conference, Key West Literary Seminar (thrice, including as winner of the Marianne Russo Award), Port Townsend Writers Conference, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing as a fellow at Creighton University. In the summer of 2014, I was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, where I lived on the grounds of a 248 year-old Baroque palace. An avid traveler, I’ve recently been to Portugal, Italy, France, Austria, El Salvador, Israel, and Jordan, in addition to my time in Germany.
In-progress versions of my novel, Kings of Broken Things, have won the Tarcher/Penguin Top Artist Writing Contest and was the basis for my being awarded a fellowship to Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Excerpts from the novel have appeared in Boulevard, Four Quarters, and Artful Dodge, and won an AWP Intro Journals Project Award in 2015.
Kings of Broken Things is the coming of age novel of two immigrant boys caught in a political scheme to incite a race riot and lynching, and is based on events surrounding the Omaha Race Riot of 1919. Jake Strauss, twenty years old, and Karel Miihlstein, twelve, find themselves caught in a singular historical moment and one of America’s most tragic episodes. Written in the tradition of the historically-set work of Don DeLillo, Denis Johnson, and Colum McCann, and will a great debt to Ralph Ellison, Kings of Broken Things depicts its characters in deep personal detail and wide panorama—from a kept-woman’s parlor, to a contentious Interrace baseball game on the Fourth of July, to the sky-shattering clatter of a race riot—while revealing the folly of human nature in an age of ambition.
I’m represented by Stephanie Delman of Greenburger Associates.