• M.F.A., American University
  • B.A., University of Virginia

Areas of Expertise

  • Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction


I'm the author of Made to Explode; Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. I edited the anthology Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. I'm also the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir of living with disability and a cultural history of food allergy. My prose has appeared in such venues as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Honors for my work include a National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship; the Munster Literature Centre’s John Montague International Poetry Fellowship; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; distinguished writer residencies at Wichita State University, Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of Mississippi; and six DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships.