The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Photo by Carve Magazine

My short story, “All That We Burned, All That We Loved,” about the 1992-1996 siege of Sarajevo, will appear in Carve’s upcoming fall issue among the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest 2015 winners. I am so thrilled to see my first published work of fiction and to be selected as editor’s choice for the competition!


Shedding Light on Postpartum Struggles

MOTHERINGTHRUDARK (1)Every one of these stories is about the descent into the depths, the belief that these mothers feel alone and at fault, and then their recovery. Each story has power on its own, but the essay collection as a whole really drives home to me how many women suffer, how similar their suffering is, and how it’s a tragedy that they think they are the only ones going through this and it is theirs alone to bear.” ~ Lisa Belkin, author and journalist

As a contributor to the newest anthology by The HerStories Project, I hope these stories bring hope and healing to mothers who might feel overwhelmed or alone in their struggles. Mothering Through the Darkness: Women Open Up About the Postpartum Experience is forthcoming in November by She Writes Press. Check out the contributor bios here; to pre-order the anthology, please use this link.

The Reader Berlin Competition Shortlist

TheReaderBerlinIt’s an honor to be included in the top 25 shortlisted stories in The Reader Berlin’s short story competition of 2014, judged by Laura Hassan of Guardian Faber, Florian Duijsens (SAND, Asymptote) and author Brittani Sonnenberg (Home Leave, Grand Central Publishing). I’m looking forward to reading the top ten finalists in the forthcoming anthology! Follow The Reader Berlin here for more information on its publications, classes and events.