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

  • Recently completed The Princes' Islands, a novel set in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Currently at work on short stories and a novel set in New Delhi, India.

Recent Awards

  • 2013 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India
  • 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship for The Princes' Islands
  • This Is Not Civilization received the following honors: A 2010 Alaska Book of the Year, The 2005 Maria Thomas Fiction Award for Best Peace Corps Novel, A New York Times Paperback Row selection, A BookSense Selection, 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 Powells.com #1 Staff Pick, One of Library Journal's "Season's Most Successful Debuts"

Selected Publications

"Circus Circus" Cimarron Review. Volume 178

"Citizen, Speak Turkish: a novel excerpt." Witness. Volume XXIII

"The Golden Nugget." Copper Nickel. Volume 16

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

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