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 27, 2019

It meant a lot to me, as someone whose teaching and work on trauma literature was shaped so fundamentally by Toni Morrison, to be able to share this memory of her from my time at Princeton. Thanks to the PAW for publishing it.

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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.

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August 22, 2019

So I wrote a thing about how wonderful my students are, and also how we adults are breaking the world, and ultimately how literature can save the day. And I am wildly grateful to TIME for letting me shout it from their virtual rooftops.

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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!

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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.

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July 16, 2019

Thank you for listing TMWWW as a Best Book of July! “Tell Me Who We Were feels like it was locked away, waiting to be released when the timing was right.” That quote gets my book and I love it so much. I’m going to pretend that’s why it took me so many years to write 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.”


July 11, 2019

So many thanks to Memorious for including “Helen in Texarkana” (from Tell Me Who We Were) in their 30th issue! The full story is available online here.


July 2, 2019

Tell Me Who We Were publishes today! You can buy your copy of the hardcover, audiobook, or e-book from your desired retailer here. In the meantime, so happy to see this little book making its way in the world with praise in summer book roundups on Bustle, LitHub, and Refinery29!


June 30, 2019

So happy with the review in this Sunday’s edition of the Boston Globe:

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May 11, 2019

Thrilled to share that “Ten Kinds of Salt,” from Tell Me Who We Were, appears today in one of my all-time favorite magazines, Shenandoah. Thank you to the amazing editor there, Beth Staples, for including me in this gorgeous issue!

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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?

Check out our article at WaPo’s The Lily! So many thanks to Courtney Sender for her incessant feminist brilliance, and to Nneka McGuire for her wonderful editorial work on this piece!

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May 1, 2019

First review! My whole heart belongs to Booklist.

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