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    No art ever came out of not risking your neck.
    – Eudora Welty


    Welcome to my site! 

    I teach fiction writing at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver and received the Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence. Lighthouse is a non-profit that is the hub of Denver's literary scene and is a recipient of the Mayor's Award. I also freelance as an editor, write book reviews and adjunct for the University of Denver.

    My novel, Here with the Saints, was one of five finalists for the Virginia Kirkus Literary Award, and has also been a finalist for the Santa Fe Writers' Award and the Dana Award for the Novel. Chapters were published as short stories in The Best New Writing, The Momaya Annual ReviewUnfinished Works, and The Ledge. I'm looking for an agent and publisher to get my complete book out into the world. 

    I am also working on a novel in stories, In the Era of Martyrs. It's inspired by my time teaching English at a Coptic Catholic seminary in Cairo before the revolution in 2011.
    "Djeser Djeseru" was published in Harper Collins’ e-book, Forty Stories
    "Sebou Party"
    was published in The Rattling Wall.  
    "The Unhappy Dead" was published in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal

    The following are a few of my stories and personal essays: 
    "Resurrecting Grandma" at The Southeast Review
    "Out of Focus" at The Nervous Breakdown
    "Absolute Silence" at The Georgetown Review
    "Lying To My Son" at The Manifest Station


    I received my MFA from the University of Virginia Creative Writing program, where I was a Henry Hoyns Fellow and the Fiction Editor for Meridian. I was also a Bronx Writers’ Center Fellow, attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and received an Atlantic Center for the Arts residency.

    I am a Colorado native and live in Denver with my husband, son and daughter. Thank you for stopping by!