I'm very happy to share that Narrative magazine has selected my short story "Nightstands" as one of the Top 5 Stories of the Week for 2013-2014. It was originally selected as a finalist in the Narrative 30 Below Story Contest and published as Story of the Week early in 2014.From Narrative: ONE ...
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In the morning, we head back to the big house and Tom makes everyone coffee. Lorraine has tennis on the little kitchen flatscreen because "her Serena" is playing. Molly and Skip point out that, unlike many writers hipsters who are always finding ways to tell you how they don't have a television, Tom ...
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"I thought the Comanches were out there trying to signal us," McGuane says, doubled over with laughter, shielding his eyes from the smoke billowing from his grill. I was nervous to meet Tom but he was so sweet and easy going --easy to laugh and knee slap-- that I felt at home quick.The turkey did in ...
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"I recognize that shrub!" Rick exclaims as we park in front of a dark house on a tree lined street in Bozeman. I was dead asleep in the RENTAL CAR. It's an automatic. Hallelujah. Some kind of compact SUV (because that's a thing) and way too shiny and touristy looking for Rick's taste."I wanted to wa ...
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Road Trip: Missoula to Madison

Same as my last trip out West, I can't believe Montana is in the same country as Philadelphia. And like last time, I'm not 100% clear on the details which is fine by me. At home, I'm always the planner but out here, on the road with Bass, I just get in the car and am content to look out the window l ...
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Eating My Heroes: Officially Offical

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAWARD-WINNING WRITER RICK BASSSIGNS TWO NEW BOOKS WITH LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY April 15, 2014, NEW YORK – Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today the acquisition of two new books by O. Henry ...
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marilyn reading in bed
Mornin' Internet People!It is rainy and icky in Philadelphia which is the perfect kind of morning to turn your bed into a nest. Make your butler go cook you some bacon and brew some coffee so you can enjoy today's Saturday Mornin' Reads! Do you see how I'm trying to make this a thing? #Blogging, am ...
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When It’s Time To Give Up and Go To Grad School

Since my first post was all about how I've gotten involved in this Eating My Heroes book project with Rick Bass, I thought I should rewind and write something about how I decided to apply to MFA programs in the first place. But then I got sucked into a 30 Rock rerun black hole. So, instead, I thou ...
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Eating My Heroes: The Pitch

My mentor Rick Bass sits next to me at 12 Steps Down, a local dive in my South Philly neighborhood. In front of us, are several napkins scribbled with what look like football plays. They’re strategies for my semester, a new story, my book (at this point, I didn’t even know I had one), my writing ...
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