Essays

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THE MAGIC HOUR

The Spectacle, Issue 7 (2019)

"It is as intimate an experience as one can have, to be skin-to-skin with someone. The importance of touch continues into our adult lives, too, where handshakes, pats on the back, and hugs keep us grounded with other people."

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THE COMMON AREA

Superstition Review, Issue 23 (2019)

"It's 3:30 in the morning. I've been in Edinburgh for less than twenty-four hours, and I am still trying to recover from the jetlag, so I’ve come down to the hostel's common area to get a snack and do some writing."

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TRAINS IN THE NIGHT

Wanderlust Journal (2019)

"I awoke one night in a terror; the house’s shadows trembled as a train passed by and an engineer with no mercy yanked the whistle cord, producing one long scream in the night."

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OF SAINTS AND SEEDS

Remembered Arts (2019)

"Looking over a garden—whether fresh tilled dirt with seeds yet to germinate or in the height of production, or a plot of sun-withered vines—I find it easy to believe in pagan deities of fertility and death."

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THE FOOD HAS ALREADY BEEN BLESSED

Literature and Belief, Issue 35.2 (2016)

"In Mormondom, we do not “say grace.” Instead, we “say the prayer” or, more commonly in my parents’ house, “bless the food.” If you arrive late to a Mormon dinner party, your host or hostess will likely excuse you from the ritual of praying. “Eat up,” they will say. “The food has already been blessed.”

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MY LIBRARY

Superstition Review, Issue 16 (2015)

"We’ve traded moving boxes for haphazard piles. There are empty CD jewel cases, business envelopes, a journal, the Bluetooth keyboard for Kirsten’s iPad, a picture of my mother, scissors, old travel maps from cities we’ve never been to, a notebook, utility bills."

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SPEAK ENGLISH, PLEASE

The Chattahoochee Review, Issue 35.1 (2015)

"On paper, this was the top school in the country, which is why officials had brought us foreigners here, to make these students the best. To make their school appear to be the best."

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POINTS OF TANGENCY

Proximity Magazine, Issue 3 (2014)

"I suppose people might think it’s creepy to look through strangers’ Facebook profiles and glimpse the tidbits they have given the world, but I enjoy it."

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ON WHOM THINGS ARE LOST

Blue Lyra Review, Issue 3.1 (2013)

"I lost the first draft of this essay. No joke. Given the nature of this essay, I am pleased that it worked out this way; it’s perfect, really, that I should lose an essay about losing things."

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MOMENTO SCIURIUS

Stone Voices, Issue 7 (2013)

"Souvenir, literally “memory,” or “to come to mind.” And what was she to remember from the gifts I could buy?"

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OF COMPLICATED THEMES

SLAB, Issue 7 (2013)

"I dislike the request “Tell me a story.” I don’t know if this is something people like asking their writer friends, or if I'm just surrounded by people who like a good story, but I do not like the request. When I am asked for a story I freeze up, go blank; things get awkward quickly. I am not a storyteller."

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NOTHING IN PARTICULAR

Prick of the Spindle, Issue 2.2 (2008)

"Ironic, that nothing should be a noun. A noun, the colloquial definition goes, is a person, place, or thing. Nothing certainly is neither a person nor a place. It is definitely and definitively not a thing, except, of course, grammatically."