Awards & Reviews



NEA Creative Writing Fellow, 2018

Ragdale Foundation Residency, Fall 2018

Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency, Scholar, 2017

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fellow, 2016

Vermont Studio Center, Artistic Merit Grant Writing Fellow, 2015

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2014

The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in Fiction, 2013



Hey Baltimore! Podcast interview about my New Yorker article and writing life in Baltimore.

2017 Baker Artist Award Interview.

Interview with Passages North about the writing of “On Nostalgia.”

Review of “Birthright” by Ploughshares magazine.

Interview about “A Modern Girl’s Guide to Childbirth” at PANK magazine.

Interview about “Notes From a Suicide” on the Fiction Is First Podcast

Featured Guest on The Marc Steiner Show talking about this article. Podcast here.



Rubys Artist Grant Awardee in the Literary Arts, October 2017

Money For Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Grants Award Winner, June 2017

Mary Sawyers Baker Prize in the Literary Arts, 2017.

“Notes from a Suicide” named a notable essay of the year in Best American Essays 2016.

Baker Artist Awards Finalist, 2016.

Sustainable Arts Foundation, Award Recipient, Fall 2015.

Pushcart Prize Nomination for “On Nostalgia”, 2017.

Pushcart Prize Nomination for “Notes From a Suicide”, 2016.

Hrushka Nonfiction Prize Winner for “On Nostalgia.” Judged by Steven Church, 2015.

“A Modern Girl’s Guide to Childbirth” selected by Roxane Gay as one of the  2015 Wigleaf Top 50 (very) Short Fiction winners.

Finalist in Fiction, The Orlando Prize, A Room of Her Own Foundation, 2014.

Gold Medal Winner, ASBPE Awards of Excellence, Architect Magazine, 2014.

Finalist for Fiction, Writers@Work Fellowship, 2014.

Pushcart Prize Nomination for “Danish Modern,” 2013.

Finalist in Fiction, The Raymond Carver Short Story Award, 2013.

Individual Artist Award in Fiction, Maryland State Arts Council, 2013.

“Children of the Revolution” named a Top 10 Public Interest Design Article for 2013 by Public Interest Design and Good Magazine.

The Roger D. Redden Award for achievement in the field of architecture writing, The Baltimore Architecture Foundation, 2011.

Finalist, Neal Award in nonfiction features writing, 2011 and 2012.

1st Place, Human Interest, Maryland Excellence in Journalism, 2003
Society of Professional Journalists

1st Place, General Reporting, Maryland Excellence in Journalism, 2002
Society of Professional Journalists


READINGS (selected)

The Inner Loop Reading Series in D.C., October 2017

Cuttyhunk Island Residency, June 2017

New Mercury Series, Baltimore Book Festival, September 2016

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Residency Reading, September 2016

Fiction Reading, Starts Here! Series from the Ivy Book Store, November, 2014

Fiction Reading for Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award Winners, Baltimore Book Festival, 2013

“Arts in Urban Development,” National Symposium on Arts, Cultural, and Entertainment Districts, April 2013

Fiction Reading, Little Patuxent Review Launch of Winter Issue, January 2013

“Creative Strategies for the Shrinking City,” Ignite Baltimore, 2008