Writing

Poems

Mise En Place,” “What She Didn’t Leave,” “Place Like Home“—Virginia Quarterly ReviewSpring 2017

“Everyone Assumes the Animals All Know Each Other”—Colorado Review: Fall 2016

Neck of the Woods“—GuernicaDecember 2016

“What I Told the Cops” & “Reverse: A Fairy Tale”—Bennington ReviewIssue Two

On the Most Terrifying Character in the Wizard of Oz“; “We Will Have Wanted To Have“—failbetter: May 10, 2016

Orpheus & EuroDisney“—storySouthSpring 2016

After the Girl“—Gulf Coast: Winter 2016

Echolalia“—Tupelo QuarterlyFall 2015

“The Girl Next Door To The Girl Next Door”—Indiana Review: Summer 2015; First Place, 2014 Half-K Prize

“How To Walk Backwards Into A Black & White House”—PloughsharesSpring 2015

“A Place Where There Isn’t Any Trouble”—Court GreenSpring 2015; Best New Poets 2015, edited by Tracy K. Smith 

“Spoiler” “Gods Gone Wild” “Leading” “Ain’t No Party”The Brooklyn QuarterlyIssue 4, November 2014

“In Ground We Trust” — Indiana ReviewSummer 2014photo

Things Go South” and “While Away” (with audio)—TriQuarterly: Winter/Spring 2014

“Straw Man”—The Journal: Winter 2014 

“After the Witch”—the Massachusetts Review: Winter 2014

“The Blueprint”—Crazyhorse: Number 84, Fall 2013

A Girl Gets Sick of a Rose“—Smartish Pace: Issue 19Third Place, Beullah Rose Poetry Prize; also in Best New Poets 2013, edited by Brenda Shaughnessy

An Engine That Won’t” and “Get Lost“—Virginia Quarterly ReviewSpring 2013

The Housewarming” and “The Petty Arsonists“—Puerto del Sol: Summer 2011; First Place & Second Place, respectively, 2011 Poetry Prize, judged by Julie Carr

“The Wallflower”—Fence: Fall/Winter 2000-2001

“Quicksilver” (Nominated for Pushcart Prize) and “Salt Fork, Vermilion River”—Phoebe: Fall 1999 

Policy & Law

Tent Revival“—Virginia Quarterly Review: Fall 2016, 92/4; also excerpted in The Guardian, November 23, 2016, here, & winner of the 2016 Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction.

No Country For Jailed Men“—Pacific Standard: June 30, 2015

Youth In Crisis: Why Orange Is The New Black Needs To Add A Juvenile Inmate“—Slate: June 29, 2015

“Gwyneth Paltrow Is on Food Stamps This Week. Stop Making Fun of Her.”Slate: April 14, 2015

The Hungry, Healthy-Free Kids Act” (with Dahlia Lithwick)—Slate: May 22, 2014

Aging Out is Not a Graduation: Breaking Down Higher-Ed Barriers for Youth in Foster Care“—Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy: April 2014 (47 Clearinghouse Rev. 400)

Woolard: Our duty, our children“—Virginian-Pilot: March 9, 2014

Hunger Amid Plenty“—Richmond Times-Dispatch: September 25, 2013

We have to keep caregivers healthy“—Richmond Times-Dispatch: July 18, 2013

An Education: Virginia’s Implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act“—Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy: January 2012

Book review || Failure to Protect: America’s Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventive State (with Thom Hafemeister)—Law & Politics Book Review: 2007

Other Essays & Articles

Bring It On Home“—The Rumpus: September 2014

Compassionate Release: the Agony & the Empathy in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK“—Press Play, Indiewire: July 2014

Days Like Lost Dogs: In Support of Loose Ends in Procedurals“—Press Play, Indiewire: April 2014

Evolutionary Road“—Arts & Sciences Magazine: 2010

Mentions & Things

A fun Q&A with the delightful editors of failbetter, which accompanied a couple of my poems.

The lovely folks at Indiana Review interviewed me as the winner of their 2014 Half-K Prize.

I interviewed poet & software developer TJ Jarrett for Writerhouse in December 2013. You can find a description & link to the podcast here.

I’m so pleased to have been named as one of two Finalists for the 2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest.

The dazzling Win Bassett did an interview of me for a project on writers working outside of publishing/academia, and The Atlantic picked it up for their website. The full version of the interview appeared on Bull City Press.

| And The Billfold was kind enough to excerpt it with a bit of commentary here, while The Rumpus did the same here, & ditto the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog here.

BNP promo graphicThe fabulous staff at Best New Poets did a great job of promoting the 2013 anthology I was included in—they posted interviews with each poet (here’s mine) & came up with these amazing graphics to promote each poem.

The wonderful people at Smartish Pace invited me to be a part of a reading in Baltimore in April 2013 to celebrate the release of an issue a poem of mine appeared in—you can find that here.

The equally wonderful people who run the Tumblr for The Millions blogged a piece of “Get Lost”—you can find that here.