News & Events

2018 NEA Creative Writing Fellow

November 17, 2017 2:53 pm

I am so very grateful to be among the writers awarded a 2018 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. Public arts funding is a precious thing, as we all know,... (more)

Out Now: The New Yorker

November 13, 2017 12:55 pm

I wrote about Frances Glessner Lee and her Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death for The New Yorker. Read the story and listen to the Hey Baltimore! podcast where... (more)

2017 Rubys Artist Grant Winner

October 3, 2017 8:52 am

It was announced on October 3 that I am among the recipients of a 2017 Rubys Artist Grant in the Literary Arts. This grant will support the writing... (more)

2017 Fall Readings & Events

September 25, 2017 1:39 pm

Every once in a while I leave the solitude of the writing room and venture forth into the real world to read in front of actual people. Here... (more)

2017 Money for Women Fund Grantee

July 26, 2017 1:33 pm

My memoir-in-progress has earned a 2017 Money For Women / Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. A feminist, a journalist, a nonviolent activist, the late Barbara Deming dedicated her... (more)

2017 Baker Award Winner

June 20, 2017 10:33 am

On May 25, 2017, it was announced that I won the 2017 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize for the Literary Arts. I am incredibly grateful to the Baker Artist... (more)

Out Now: Think Wrong, the book

November 13, 2016 10:59 am

“Humans loathe disruption. We love routine. It’s not all our fault. We’re wired for it…our brains conspire against us.” I had the great pleasure of working with John... (more)

2016 Baltimore Writers Conference

November 12, 2016 9:58 am

Poems are going viral post-election and this world needs its writers now more than ever. Join me today at the Baltimore Writers Conference. Many exciting writers — poets,... (more)

Out Now: The Southern Review

October 25, 2016 9:55 am

My short story, “The Sea of Tranquility,” is out now in the Autumn 2016 issue of The Southern Review. You can hear me read an excerpt.

Best American Essays: Notable Essay

September 13, 2016 8:42 pm

“Notes From a Suicide” has been selected as a “Notable Essay” in the Best American Essays 2016 anthology, out in early October, 2016. You can read the essay... (more)

Interview: Passages North Magazine

March 14, 2016 3:33 pm

I have the same dream as many writers, I suspect, which is the ability to write about what I want while also paying the mortgage. I want the... (more)

“Notes From a Suicide” on Longreads

February 10, 2016 9:45 am

My essay “Notes From a Suicide” gets picked up by the Longreads blog: “Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson writes about how her grandmother ─ a smart, talented woman born in... (more)

“On Nostalgia” Out Now

January 21, 2016 1:07 pm

Look what arrived in the mail today, just ahead of the Snowpocalypse blizzard due to hit the East Coast tomorrow. Issue no. 37 of Passages North, which includes... (more)

“Notes From a Suicide” Gets a Pushcart Nom

December 16, 2015 2:45 pm

The editors of Post Road Magazine have selected my essay “Notes From a Suicide” as one of their two nonfiction nominations for the annual Pushcart Prize. The essay... (more)

“On Nostalgia” earns a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award

November 23, 2015 5:35 pm

The Sustainable Arts Foundation, which supports artists and writers with children, announced that I won a Fall 2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award for my creative nonfiction. I submitted... (more)

“On Nostalgia” Wins Hrushka Nonfiction Prize

June 23, 2015 10:01 am

My essay  “On Nostalgia” was selected by guest judge Steven Church as the winner of Passages North’s 2015 Nonfiction prize. Church had this to say about my essay.... (more)

Roxane Gay picks “A Modern Girl’s Guide…” For Wigleaf

June 16, 2015 11:32 am

Roxane Gay, New York Times Bestselling author of Bad Feminist,  picked my short story “A Modern Girl’s Guide to Childbirth” as one of the  2015 Wigleaf Top 50... (more)

Essay On The Architecture of Civility Airs on WYPR

June 4, 2015 12:58 pm

Here’s audio from my essay that aired on June 4, 2015 on the Maryland Humanities Council’s “Humanities Connection” show. I wrote and recorded this essay before the uprising... (more)

Interview: With Pank Magazine

September 12, 2014 9:55 am

In this interview with Diana Clarke for PANK magazine, I talk about pregnancy, palimpsests, modern parenting, and the genesis of my short story “A Modern Girl’s Guide to... (more)