September 29, 2019
What a joy to spend yesterday surrounded by local high school writers — amazing teenagers willing to give up their Saturday to be in the company of fellow artists at the Andover Young Writers’ Symposium. So many thanks to everyone who attended from Lawrence, Lowell, Andover, and other local schools; to the mind-blowingly dedicated students who organized it (along with my rockstar colleague Corrie Martin, whose literary heart is a huge one); and to all the participants, adults and kids alike, who reminded me that the best part of writing is that you never have to stop learning it. Pictured: a panel with fellow workshop leaders and local writers Yaneris Collado, Harlym 1Two5 (Jamele Adams), and Amaryllis Lopez. Not pictured: the amazing Susan Choi, who blew us all away with her reading from Trust Exercise.
September 16, 2019
So I was pretty psyched when I heard my article for TIME Magazine was going to appear in the print issue this week. But when I found out Margaret Atwood was going to be on one of the covers, I might have lost my mind a little due to proximity to genius. (Also, I just read in the cover story that Atwood wrote under the pseudonym Shakesbeat Latweed when she was in college and I didn't think I could love her any more than I already do and I was wrong.)
September 2, 2019
“This book prompts me to define it by what it is not. It is not a story to rush. It’s not chick lit. It’s not a beach read. Not a whodunit.... This is a slim volume to ponder, full of writing to savor, to glean meaning from.” Thank you to the Washington Independent Review of Books for this thoughtful review not just of what my book is, but of how different kinds of books work, and how they sometimes ask for different kinds of reading.
August 15, 2019
Beyond thrilled to hear that this review of Tell Me Who We Were will be included in Publishers Weekly’s upcoming issue!
August 6, 2019
This fall marks the twelfth year I will have taught my course on trauma literature at Phillips Academy, a course that always ends up piquing the curiosity of others. Why, among all the wonderful topics in literature, was I drawn to this one? This essay is about why. Many thanks to LitHub for publishing it.
July 14, 2019
Minneapolis stealing my heart, as usual, this time with a beautiful review in the Star Tribune Sunday edition. “Captivating … an insightful, compassionate book — a truly wonderful collection.”
June 30, 2019
So happy with the review in this Sunday’s edition of the Boston Globe:
May 2, 2019
That time when you had so much fun nerding out with your writer-friend about feminism and Game of Thrones that you were both like, what if we do something crazy and pitch this conversation to the Washington Post?
May 1, 2019
First review! My whole heart belongs to Booklist.