Ph.D. University of Houston – Literature and Creative Writing

M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Creative Writing

B.A. Drake University – English




University of Houston – Teaching Fellow

Inprint Houston – Workshop Leader

Wonderworks Summer Discovery Program – Instructor

Boldface Writing Conference – Workshop Leader

University of Nebraska – Teaching Assistant




The Cupboard – Co-founder/editor (2006-2014)

Prairie Schooner – Fiction Reader  (2003-2005)




The Flasher, SpringGun Press, February 2012. ISBN 978-0-9832218-2-1


[SPOILER ALERT], with Laura Eve Engel, Dzanc Books, February 2012.

Winner of 2011 Chapbook Competition


My Untimely Death, Subito Press, January 2008. ISBN 0-9801098-1-7

Winner of 2007 Fiction Competition




Epoch “The First Woman on Earth, or: DENISE,” short story, forthcoming.


The Kenyon Review “Knock, Knock,” short story, Summer 2014.


Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading “Dear Sir or Madam,” short story, Spring 2014.


Ninth Letter “Time and Temperature” and “Dispatches from the War,” short shorts, Winter 2014.


Third Coast “The Affair Ends Badly” and “An Emissary Visits the King,” short shorts, Fall 2013.


Versal “Graverobbers, Go,” short short, Spring 2013.


Hayden’s Ferry Review “The Autopsy,” short story, Winter 2013.


Paper Darts “Monsters or Some Bullshit,” short short, Fall 2012.


The Normal School “Morning Flight,” short story, Fall 2012.


LIT “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Revelations,” short shorts, Spring 2012.


Southern Review “Little Abby Dwell,” short story, Fall 2011.


NANO Fiction “You Cannot Know the Color of Our Despair,” short short, Fall 2011.


Camera Obscura “It Goes Without Saying,” short story, Summer 2011.

Winner of their Editor’s Choice Prize

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Listed as a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2012


Midwestern Gothic “Pontiac,” short story, Summer 2011.


Sonora Review “The Dowry,” short short, Winter 2011.

Winner of the 2010 Short Short Prize

(judged by Joe Wenderoth)


StoryQuarterly “Cowboy,” short story, Winter 2011.


Denver Quarterly “Thelma”, “Holiday,” and “Why I Cannot Return to Schaumburg, Illinois,” short shorts, Winter 2011.


Indiana Review “Dissonance: Or, So We Hanged the Governor,” short short, Spring 2010.

A finalist for their 1/2k Prize


Hobart “So They Won’t Notice the Fire,” “The Bear Attack,” and “After We Found Angelina Jolie’s Mummified Body,” short shorts, Spring 2010.


Cincinnati Review “Blood Work,” short story, Winter 2009.

Listed as a notable story in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 


Open City “The flasher wakes.”, “The flasher buys a painted turtle.”, and “The flasher interviews for a job.”, prose pieces, Winter 2009.


Dislocate “Luck Dog,” short story, summer 2009.

Second place in their Flash Fiction Contest


Salt Hill “The flasher is asked for change.”, “The flasher tries to be a nudist.”, and “The flasher tells a joke.”, prose pieces, spring 2009.


Alaska Quarterly Review “Still We Are Here,” short story, spring 2009.


The Southeast Review “Hope’s Dancing Fancy,” short short, winter 2009.

A finalist for their World’s Best Short Short Competition


NOÖ Journal “The flasher builds a watch.”, “The flasher goes to the D.M.V.”, and “The Flasher goes to a birthday party.”, prose pieces, winter 2009.


The Los Angeles Review “The Third Time I Saw a Spot,” short story, 2008.


580 Split “Aralie,” short story, 2008.


The South Carolina Review “The Mortar of Fourths,” short story, fall 2008.


The Southern Indiana Review “The Pyromaniac’s Chickens,” short story, spring 2008.


The Madison Review “Carom,” short story, spring 2008.


CutBank “Department of Calamitous Events,” short story, winter 2008.

Listed as a notable story in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009


The South Dakota Review “Miss Nebraska,” short story, winter 2008.


Saltgrass “My Untimely Death: Number Thirteen,” prose piece, winter 2008.


Indiana Review “The Way Back,” short story, winter 2008.


Ninth Letter “My Untimely Death: Number Four,” prose piece, winter 2008.

Nominated by publication for Best New Poets Anthology


Redivider “My Untimely Death: Number Four,” prose piece, fall 2007.


Handsome “My Untimely Death: Number Two,” prose piece, fall 2007.


Redactions “My Untimely Death: Numbers Nine and Fourteen,” prose pieces, fall 2007.

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize


Cream City Review “We Have Improved Our Recommendations to Serve You Better,” short story, spring 2007.


The Flint Hills Review “Mrs. Allie’s Birthday Present,” short story, fall 2006.




Opium “Our Babies Are Going to Get Married”

Winner of their 7-Line Short Story Contest


The Collapsar “God,” “Jesus,” “Thomas Jefferson,” and “Half-Black Boys”


Vol. 1 Brooklyn “Another Castle”


Paper Darts “Biologists Study Grace”


Wigleaf “The Hell Bucket”

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize


NANO Fiction “Bylaws of the State of Flash”


Everyday Genius “George Washington”


elimae “Civil War”


Dura Mater “The City” and “Walt Whitman”


SpringGun “Theodore Roosevelt,” “Germany,” and “Jesse Owens”


jmww “Your Mother”


kill author “John Wayne,” “César Chávez,” and “Martin Luther King Jr.”


PANK “Michael Jackson,” “Bono,” and “Ghost Ronald Reagan”


The Jet Fuel Review “The Internet,” and “Wal-Mart”

Nominated for the Best of the Net anthology


Super Arrow “The Plains,” “Mark Peterson,” and “Adam Peterson”


Corium “Adam Peterson V,” “Adam Peterson VI,” and “Adam Peterson VII”


Zine Scene “Hope’s Dancing Fancy Remixed” (with Kevin Wilson)


American Short Fiction “In Space, Smiling”


Hobart “My Eagle Scout Project: A Sidewalk: A List”


Opium “Gail the Mailwoman” and “An Explosion”


DIAGRAM “The Flasher Calls His Mother”


La Petite Zine “My Untimely Death: Numbers Five and Six”




“Everything in Its Place” Exigencies Anthology Dark House Press, 2014.


“The Flasher Calls His Mother” Diagram 4 New Michigan Press, 2012.


“Your Mother” JMWW Anthology 6.1 JMWW Press, 2012


“This Road…” C.: An MLP Stamp Stories Anthology MudLuscious Press, 2011.




DIAGRAM “[SPOILER ALERT],” (co-written with Laura Eve Engel), prose pieces, Fall 2011.


The Literary Review “[SPOILER ALERT],” (co-written with Laura Eve Engel), prose pieces, Fall 2011.


Copper Nickel “[SPOILER ALERT],” (co-written with Laura Eve Engel), prose pieces, prose pieces, Fall 2011.


The Mid-American Review “The Single Father,” (co-written with Dave Madden), short story, spring 2007.

Winner of the 2006 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award




Permafrost Lucy Corin’s One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney’s), Spring 2014.

Gulf Coast Review of J. Robert Lennon’s Castle (Graywolf Press), Fall 2010.

Octopus Magazine Review of Danielle Dutton’s Attempts at a Life (Tarpaulin Sky Press), Spring 2007.




University of Houston CWP Dissertation Fellowship

SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellowship

Inprint Joan and Stanford Alexander Prize in Fiction

Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction




“We Are Homer: A Reading of Collaborative Prose” 

at the AWP Conference


“Publishing Flash Fiction in an Evolving Landscape”

at the AWP Conference


“Collaborative Writing” 

at the Nebraska Summer Writers’ Conference




Vermont Studio Center                                                      

Full Fellowship




New York State Summer Writers Institute                                 

Scholarship Winner


Sewanee Writers’ Conference                                          

Tennessee Williams Scholar


Nebraska Summer Writers’ Conference                         

Master Class




Poison Pen Reading Series

LIT Magazine Release Party

Gulf Coast Reading Series

Hendrix College

University of Colorado

Drake University Writers and Critics Series

University of San Francisco Emerging Writer