Writing

I am represented by Hill Nadell Literary agency.

SELECTED WORKS

FICTION

The Lightest Object in the Universe. Forthcoming, Algonquin Books.

SYNOPSIS: The Lightest Object in the Universe follows high school principal Carson Waller and fair trade activist Beatrix Banks after their burgeoning, long-distance love affair has been ruptured by an unprecedented global economic collapse and systems failure. Amidst escalating violence Carson heads west on foot toward Beatrix, along a cross-country railroad line to chronicle the event’s historical significance. On the other side of the country, Beatrix finds her radical causes mostly irrelevant and turns to her neighbors for food, water, and solace. Between the two lies 3,000 miles and The Center, from which an evangelical preacher named Jonathan Blue broadcasts promises of material comfort and “ascension” to all who make the pilgrimage. On the road, Carson feels the tug of Blue and veers from his path to investigate. Also headed to The Center is headstrong but confused fifteen year old Rosie Santos, who has left the relative comforts of Beatrix’s neighborhood when her Abuela falls for Blue’s irresistible, unfulfillable promises. And it is Rosie, struggling to find her voice after tragedy strikes, who may ultimately unite the cross-country lovers.

Stalk.” The Dictionary Project. Feb. 18, 2015.

 

NONFICTION

How Many Golf Trips Is Public Funding for the Arts Worth? High Country News. August 2017.

The Public Value in the NEA Saguaro Project. Letter to the Editor, Wall Street Journal. August 1, 2017.

Letter to America. Terrain.org. June 2017.

Standing with Saguaros: Radio Podcasting as Performance Research and Species Stewardship. HowlRound. Jan. 28, 2017.

Dangerous Mouths. Manifest-Station, Dec. 11, 2016.

“White Winged Dove.” The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide. University of Arizona Press: Tucson. 2016

Standing with Saguaros: Intimate Theatre and Intimate Environmentalism. HowlRound. June 10, 2016.

“How to Duet with a Saguaro.” Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance, 5: 1+2, pp. 93–104.

Listening to Yellow Cedar (radio). KCAW, Raven Radio. Sitka, AK. Oct. 25, 2015.

Big Sky Lessons: a blog about my rural teaching artist residencies), 2009-2012.

Why I Write.  Kore Press Persephone Speaks. Oct. 15, 2008.

Art Makes All Things Better. Teaching Tolerance. Spring. 2008.

Why He Went to War. Alternet.org. August 8, 2005.

Research Offers New Hope in the Search to Treat Blindness. Scripps Institute Endeavor. Winter 2004-05.

Spying on the Stars. Indiana University Research & Creative Activity. Fall 2004.

“The Flesh, the Bones, and the Beating Heart.” Cuba in Mind: An Anthology. Vintage 2004.

Poverty-Chic: Diesel’s New Line. Pacific News Service. August 20, 2003

Border Maps. FourthGenre. Spring 2003.

With Every Breath You Take, OnEarth Magazine, Winter 2002.

Arab-Affinities: the Multicultural Power of Soap Operas. Pacific News Service, Nov. 24, 2002.

“Documenting the Then and the Now,” Orion Afield. Autumn 2001.

“The Other Side of the Wires,” Orion Magazine, Spring 2000.

 

POETRY

Audio: “Hymenoptera: Tumamoc Hill.” TextSound: An Online Audio Publication. Issue 19, 2014.

Video: “Some,” a visual poem. 2013.

Moneilema gigas: Cactus longhorn beetle.” Spiral Orb, 5.