Educational Background

  • M.F.A., Iowa

Teaching Interests

  • Creative Writing (Fiction)
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Travel Literature

Scholarly Interests

  • Creative writing (fiction)
  • American and British Literature

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • Currently at work on a novel set in Istanbul.
  • Frequently contributes book reviews to the Miami Herald and The Moscow Times.

Recent Awards

  • This Is Not Civilization received the following awards: The 2005 Maria Thomas Fiction Award for Best Peace Corps Novel, A BookSense Selection, a BookSense Summer 2005 Paperback Reading Pick, A Borders Books Original Voices Selection, Shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize in Literature, A Publisher's Weekly First Fiction Selection, A TimeOut New York Emerging Voices Selection, A Miami Herald"Best Literary Offering of the Season", A Tucson Public Library Southwest Book of the Year, A #1 Staff Pick of 2004, One of Library Journal's "Season's Most Successful Debuts"

Selected Publications

This Is Not Civilization: A Novel (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)


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