Selected writing



The Resilience of Snowflakes

Published in TIME Magazine (Sept. 16, 2019 issue)

Available on as “What I’ve Learned from Teaching ‘The Snowflake Generation’ about Trauma”


What I Teach: Seven Titles from a High School Class on Trauma Literature

Published in LitHub (August 6, 2019)

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‘Game of thrones’ is full of heroines. but is the series actually feminist?

Published in The Lily / Washington Post (May 2, 2019)


Short Stories


Ten Kinds of salt

Published in Shenandoah (Issue 68.2 / 2019)


Helen in Texarkana

Published in Memorious (Issue 30 / 2019)


The Translator’s Daughter

Finalist for the BWR 2015 Fiction Contest

Finalist for the 2015 Robert and Adele Schiff Award

Published in Black Warrior Review (Issue 42.2 / 2016)



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An Accident of Nature

Published in Baltimore Review (Winter 2016 issue)

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Sleight of Hand

Published in Harvard Review (Issue 41)

Selected for reprint on Verse Daily



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Two Harbors

Published by Harcourt under the name Kate Benson (2005)

“At once cinematic and particular, Benson’s novel of duplicity and mystery … expresses the longing for a safe harbor that all of us experience.” — Washington Post

“Haunting, lush, and lyrical…. Weaving a sensitive psychological portrait with a powerful tale of pursuit, Benson writes with a poetic voice as passionate as it is precise.” — Booklist

“This is the deepest, purest first novel of the year.” — Edmund White, author of A Boy’s Own Story