On Stories and Empathy

For the last few years, I've ended every school year by giving students what I refer to as my "empathy" speech, a 5-7 minute attempt to contextualize the importance of the subject I teach (English). None of this is probably terribly new, but this year I felt like writing it out because this is my … Continue reading On Stories and Empathy

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

After the Shot Drops hits shelves today! Much love to the team that helped bring this story to life: To Kathryn—thank you for pretty much everything. I am a better writer and a better human being because of you. Thank you for reading so many drafts of everything I write, for board game date nights, for … Continue reading ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

RAISING FUNDS FOR US VIRGIN ISLANDS HURRICANE RELIEF

A few weeks ago, the publishing industry came together to raise over $200,000 for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico through auctioning books, critiques, Skype visits, etc., so the good folks behind #USVIPubFund are trying to do it again to help the U.S. Virgin Islands. Check out their site here and if you feel so inclined, please … Continue reading RAISING FUNDS FOR US VIRGIN ISLANDS HURRICANE RELIEF

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS COVER REVEAL + CHAPTER ONE!

A little over a week ago, Paste Magazine hosted the cover reveal for my next book, After the Shot Drops which comes out on March 6, 2017 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I might be biased, but I'm all about it! The designer (whose name I don't know yet) did an amazing job of creating some beautiful imagery … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS COVER REVEAL + CHAPTER ONE!

SHIFTING THE SPOTLIGHT

In what I believe is the first photograph of me that exists, there is a woman standing behind me who is neither my mother nor my lola (with whom I lived with for the first year of my life). Instead it was a woman casually referred to as the “maid.” In my visits to the … Continue reading SHIFTING THE SPOTLIGHT