Coming in 2019

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About me

I am founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Common. Short stories, translations, and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Guernica, n+1, Ploughshares, The Journal, The Literary Review, Ascent, Sonora Review, Harper’s, The Millions, The New Inquiry, and Publishers Weekly, among other places. I have an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and I teach literature, creative writing, and editing at Amherst College.  Forthcoming works in 2019 include a long personal essay from Amazon Original Stories and my debut novel, The Limits of the World



Read to me, The Washington Post

The Common Statement, The Common, Issue 10

The Common Statement, The Common, Issue 09

The Abracadabrapolis: Joseph O’Neill’s The Dog, Slate

Thought Episodes: Norman Rush's Novels of Ideas, The Millions

A Rejoicing: Rereading Shirley Hazzard, Ploughshares

In Search of Past Dream Time: Two New Books by Andre Aciman, The Millions (Also: Q&A with Aciman)

Everybody Pays: The Extreme, Dark Fictional World of Donald Ray Pollack, The Millions

From the 17th Floor, Monthly Column at The Common Online

The Destiny of Borges, Harper’s Magazine (Translator)



A Week of Abalone, The Literary Review

Inheritance, The Journal

The Widow, Guernica

The Real People, n+1

Comfort, Ascent

Homage to the Man-Eating Lions, Sonora Review

Pregnant Lady, What Are You Fighting For?, Dogwood

Fasting, Words & Images



The Kenyon Review Blog.

The How and The Why (Black Hill Press).

The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Arabic Literature (in English).

The Review Review.


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