- M.F.A., Iowa
- Creative Writing (Fiction)
- Contemporary Literature
- Travel Literature
- 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.
- 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 Powells.com #1 Staff Pick of 2004, One of Library Journal's "Season's Most Successful Debuts"
This Is Not Civilization: A Novel (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)