“Here” in the Norton Mix (W.W. Norton, 2016)

“1.7 to Tennessee” in The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction, 9th Edition, by Ann Charters, Bedford/St. Martin’s

“Sinkhole” in The O.Henry Prize Stories 2013, Anchor Books

“A Plain Kiss” in Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, ed. Cal Morgan

“God Texts the Ten Commandments” in The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals, Vintage

Short Fiction:

“Dirt Man,” The Kenyon Review, forthcoming

“Fire Sermon,” The Sewanee Review, Winter 2017

“Disaster,” Grist Journal, commissioned for “Artists and Writers of Tennessee: An Ekphrasis Project,” Winter 2017

“Hypothetical Love,” AGNI 84, fall 2016

“Holding,” VQR, winter 2016

“Belief,” Tin House, Faith Issue, spring 2016

“Kyrie, With Endnotes,” Oxford American, fall 2015

“Working,” Oxford American, spring 2015

“Wreckage,” Ecotone, 10th Anniversary issue, spring 2015

“Bedtime Story,” Tin House, June 2014

“Relatives of God,” The New Yorker (Page-Turner), March 2013

“Wavefunction Collapse,” Oxford American, Spring 2013

“Demolition,” The Kenyon Review, Winter 2013

“Yves Klein, Madman,” Bullett Magazine, Dec. 2012

“What Friends Talk About,” The Southern Review, Fall 2012

“The Anointing,” Guernica, Sept. 2012

“Sinkhole,” Ploughshares, Spring 2012 (PEN/O.Henry Prize winner)

“A Plain Kiss,” Fifty-Two Stories with Cal Morgan, June 2012

“A Cupcake Boutique of One’s Own,” Map Literary, Spring 2012

“Caught Up,” Tin House, The Ecstatic, Fall 2011

“Decomposition:  A Primer for Promiscuous Housewives,” American Short Fiction (annual contest winner, selected by Wells Tower), Summer 2011

“1.7 to Tennessee,” The Antioch Review, Summer 2011

“Three Stories,” AGNI, Spring 2011 (Pushcart Prize nomination)

“Better to Lose an Eye,” Blackbird, v9n2, January 2011

“To the (Ex) Friend With Whom I (Almost) Committed Adultery,” Swink, Dec. 2010

“Up 58 South,” Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring/Summer 2010 (Guest editor: Amy Hempel) READ

“Here,” The Hopkins Review, Winter 2010

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the Pavement,” The Cincinnati Review, Winter 2010

“Holy Ground,” The Antioch Review, Summer 2009


“Anakainosis,” Black Warrior Review, spring 2015

“Soteria,” “Canto de Luna Nueva,” “What I Kept,” ADULT No. 2, Sept 2014

“Foreknowledge,” “Put On Hold,” “Magnolia,” Mississippi Review, Jan 2014

“Protestant Worshipper in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas,” Oxford American, Dec 2013

“Sacrament,” “The Adulteress,” “Eleven Translations of the Word Departure,” Map Literary, fall 2012

“Eummina, Dancing,” Ghost Town, 2012

“The Withholding,” Blackbird, spring 2010

“Prayer, 6/13/08,” Bomb, Word Choice Poetry Series, 2009


“First Person, Far Flung: Toronto,” Rhapsody, forthcoming April 2017

“Car Wreck,” O, The Oprah Magazine, Greatest Gifts feature, Dec 2016

“21st Century Fiction Roundtable,” Southern Cultures, Fall 2016

“Light Years”: Remembering James Salter, American Short Fiction, 2015

“Nomad, Indian, Saint,” Oxford American Georgia Music Issue, Dec 2015

“Moments of Arrival,” Ecotone, House Guest series, 2015

Review of The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips, New York Times Book Review, August 9, 2015

“Asking for Directions,” Introduction to Quatro’s Guest-edited fiction issue of Oxford American, summer 2015

“The Walk,” Guernica, March 2014

“The Sound Before the Song: Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal,” Oxford American, spring 2014

“What It Takes: The Messy, Beautiful Business of Being a Writer Parent,” Poets & Writers, Jan/Feb 2014

“Regarding Genre,” Letter, McSweeney’s Issue 45: Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven, Dec 2013

“Talk of the Townies,” review of Local Souls by Allan Gurganus, New York Times Book Review, Oct 2013

“Like a Prayer,” New York Times, Room for Debate, June 2013

“On Amy Hempel,” The Missouri Review online, May 2013

“Ode to a Fantasy with Chickens,” Oxford American, Best of the South, June 2012

“The Art of the Sentence: Amy Hempel,” Tin House online, March 2012

“The Hilltops: Paying the Rent, One Guitar at a Time,” Oxford American, Annual Music Issue, December 2011

“The Art of the Sentence: Denis Johnson,” Tin House online, September 2011

“Band-Aid Braille,” McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Issue 37, March 2011

“Ode to the Loneliness,” Oxford American, Best of the South, May 2010 (READ)

“Gunbunnies, (Re)Unite!” Oxford American, Annual Music Issue, December 2009 (READ)

“Among Mutinous Helium Bursts Around Saturn:  Barry Hannah’s Dangerous Syntax,” Oxford American, Southern Lit issue, Sept. 2009

Blog Essays for Ploughshares (4/12 – 8/12)

Half-Moon Pose and the Writer’s Split Consciousness, 4/19/12

First Drafts: Fiction. A Conversation with Lauren Groff, Kevin Moffett, and Christine Schutt, 5/3/12

The Best Way To See, 5/10/12

First Drafts: Poetry. A Conversation with Traci Brimhall, Amy Gerstler, Andrew Hudgins, and Timothy Liu, 5/24/12

Why I’m Not On Twitter Yet, 5/31/12

Regarding Recognition: A Response to Michael Nye, With Gratitude, 6/7/12

First Drafts: Playwriting. A Conversation with Beth Henley, Young Jean Lee, and Enrique Urueta, 6/14/12

From Bennington to Book Tour: A Life of Letters Q&A, 6/28/12

Q&A with Literary Agent Anna Stein O’Sullivan, 7/5/12

Three Days at MacDowell: Journal Entries, 7/12/12

First Drafts: Nonfiction. A Conversation with Lia Purpura, Jack Pendarvis, and Sven Birkerts, 7/19/12

The Center for Fiction: “Away from the Rum Shop and Billiard Room,” 8/2/12

One More Swing of the Club, 8/9/12

More McSweeney’s:

Catherine and Heathcliff Audition for Twilight

The Compson Brothers on Larry King Live

God Texts the Ten Commandments