In Beginning: Poems (2021) Simul Books

A collection of 65 contemporary poems responding to the ancient book of Genesis—from a first spoken word until a family finds itself far from home. Coming in spring 2021. (More info)


People Live Here: Stories from Yakima (2020) Holy The Firm

This collection of 14 flash fiction and short story pieces makes a handy compilation of published and unpublished works from 2009–2014 set in Yakima, Washington. (More info)

Short Works

Carve Magazine Fall 2012

“Starlings” Editor’s Choice Award, (short story) Carve Magazine

This story, set in the outskirts of Yakima, Washington, provides a snapshot of assumed views of progress and race between a farmer and a corporate lawyer. It’s better than it sounds. I am very proud that it was selected for the “Editor’s Choice Award” and appears in the first print edition of Carve.


“Fire: Summer 2015” (poem) Rust+Moth

This poem began as a letter describing the confining summer of forest fires in Washington State. It evolved into this small piece.


“The Last Story I Cared About” (flash) Fiction Southeast

An admittedly unusual flash fiction piece about a writer, two cats, a Nazi dog, and an affair between professors. This piece was honored as a finalist in Fiction Southeast’s Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize.


“Nesting” (poem) Heron Tree

Perhaps a love poem. At the very least, a meditation on the (welcome) intrusion of the unexpected.


“The Granger Spartans Have Not Lost Yet” (short story) Aethlon

A complex piece on how one basketball game affects the life of a small town, all unfolding in the small pause as a ball sits on a rim.

Santa Clara Review

“Persona Or: All Sanctuaries Smell Like Stockholm” (short story) Santa Clara Review

High school, identity, religion, Swedish films, and winter in Yakima, Washington.


“The Photographer” (short story) Pacifica Literary Review

When a family’s most famous member dies (the Photographer), his granddaughter must try to find an image of him.


“Fruit” (poem) The Purpled Nail

The first poem published from my collection on the Book of Genesis, “Fruit” is a formal experiment in connecting the ancient, the literary, and the personal.

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“First Day” (short story) Mused Literary Magazine

I always loved this piece but was never sure it would find a home: a delicate story of a mother’s insecurities and conflicts on a supposedly happy day: her daughter’s first day of school.

April 2015 Edition of Flash journal

“Don’t Ask” (flash) Flash: The International Short-short Story Magazine

It’s probably easier to print the story than to describe it. In short, two women convince their families that they (the women) are not heterosexual.

April 2015 Edition of Flash journal

“The Host” (flash) The Fictioneer

A moderately wealthy man hides his true talent as a writer. His talent is relatively easy to hide, given that he’s never actually written anything.

Additional Publications

“Arrivals and Departures” (short story) in DoveTales
“Pedro Gutierrez’s True War Story” (flash) in The Literary Commune
“The Last Shot” (poem) in The Penwood Review


Semifinalist St. Lawrence Book Award, Black Lawrence Press, People Live Here: Stories from Yakima. 2019.
Finalist Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest, ArcadiaThe Insufficiency of Pillows. 2016.
Finalist Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize, Fiction Southeast, “The Last Story I Cared About.” 2016.
Editor’s Choice Award, Carve Magazine, “Starlings.” 2012.