Sweet/Crude: A Bakken Boom Cycle (Gazing Grain Press, 2016)


“This lush, language-driven meditation on the North Dakota oil boom is as perfect a jagged juxtaposition as the title implies. Part history, part geology lesson, part survey, part indictment of corporate greed – it’s also something much more: a song about the stubborn, sorry, beautiful mess we humans have become.”  – Amber Sparks


You can read an excerpt published in Eleven Eleven here and an interview/discussion of Sweet/Crude here.


Currently, I’m working on a book of linked essays, Real Mother, about my relationship with my adopted son’s birthmother. You can read two excerpts here: “My Son’s Brother” published in The Boiler and “Nervous Systems,” which won The Baltimore Review’s “Body” themed contest.


I’m excited to announce that my manuscript of lyric essays titled Fluid States, has been selected by Dinty W. Moore as winner of the 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, and will be published in early 2019 by Pleiades Press. The collection includes Sweet/Crude, as well as “Bear,” which won Parks & Points’ 2016 National Parks essay contest; “Consider the Lobster Mushroom,” a hybrid lyric/craft essay which first appeared at Brevity’s blog; and Decants, a lyric sequence about perfume, an excerpt of which, “5 by (N°)5,” appeared in KYSO Flash.


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