Published Stories

"Something Resembling Normal". Published in Raw Writing, October 2015.
I wasn't ready for any of it. The hurricane snuck up on me the way it did most people, so by the weekend, we knew it was on its way and could do nothing but ride it out, wait and see what would happen. Having spent my first thirty years in Chicago, I'd never given hurricanes much thought. They were someone else's problems, things I might hear about on the news and feel bad about, but I didn't care about them.

"Green". Published in Red Savina Review, Spring 2015.
We were at that old dining table, the one I'd been dragging behind me since college, having finished our first annual St. Patrick's Day dinner. I had a half pint of green-tinted beer in front of me; she had half a plate of corned beef and cabbage in front of her.

"Goodbye, Mr. Wonderful". Published in The Xavier Review, Spring 2013.
Sally has come over for her morning cup of coffee again. I don't know when this became a regular thing. When does a routine become routine? When I was working, I had all sorts of routines: getting to my desk fifteen minutes early; taking two laps around the parking lot during lunch. Now I've got none.

"When Will It End?" Published in 971 Menu, September 2011.
I'd stayed in Mississippi so long because the money was good and I was greedy, because so many old ladies had missing roofs and collapsed trees, and because so many legitimate contractors had more work than they could handle.

"We Have a Safe?" Published in The Journal of College Writing, Spring 2010.
With Dad dead for twelve hours, Mom, Cindy, and I sat in the living room not eating despite the food overflowing from the kitchen. People didn't bring cards or flowers but food, trudging through rain and snow and mostly ice to bring us casseroles and vegetable trays.

"The Man Who Shot Henry McCarty". Published in Fiction Weekly, July 2009.
During the third day of a late October rain, I stood on the saturated riverbank and watched my two dumb deputies, Aaron and Abram, try to bring the body on shore. My instinct had been to ignore the story of a body in the river, to leave whatever it was alone and to hope it went away on its own. Then I remembered I was sheriff.

"This Is Where". Published in Southern California Review, Winter 2009.
This was Billy and me out in his yard, the pale yellow headlights of our cars not making things bright enough, and Sarah sitting on the hood of Billy's car counting off three-minute rounds. This was two old friends beating the hell out of each other because they were bored. Sometimes drunk. Often drunk.

"Not Josef". Published in Paradigm, Fall 2007.
Tonight Josef stands where he always stands for the train—on the thick yellow line of paint at the platform's edge—but he doesn't want to get on the train this time. If he gets on the train, it will take him to Pappagallo's, and if he gets to Pappagallo's, he'll see Anna, and if he sees Anna, she'll break up with him.

"Horatio". Published in Phantasmagoria, Spring 2006.
Going out of town always messes up my routine. I'd been in San Diego for a week's worth of training on the company's new accounting software, and all week all I wanted was to be in my own house and in my own bed.

"Goodnight, Reilly". Published in Chicago Quarterly Review, 2006.
Even after ten months of marriage, Reilly sleeps alone every night. Her husband doesn't sleep. Every night after sex, Luke jumps out of bed and disappears down the hallway. Reilly describes him as energetic, but energetic is too subtle. He is raw energy. Sometimes she worries he will burst into a blinding flash of white light and disappear.

"Outside Evansville". Published in The Armchair Aesthete, 2004.
In his rear-view mirror, RT watched the sun rise in pink and orange as if he could out-run it. His eleven-year-old daughter Cass slept in the passenger seat, her head pressing the pillow against the window, her blond hair hanging over her face. She'd said repeatedly that she wouldn't be able to sleep in the car until she dozed off around midnight, around Pittsburgh, her snoring just loud enough to be heard over the radio, the air conditioner, the tires, all the noises of driving eighty-two miles an hour.

"Still". Published inThe Muse Apprentice Guild, Spring 2003.
February 7 and we are sitting on the front steps of our apartment building. The concrete is cold, so deeply cold that the steps won’t warm again until May. I came out here for a cigarette and to avoid a fight. This could have been our daughter’s eleventh birthday, Kay told me at breakfast. I didn’t know what she was talking about, but I understood the general topic. We decided years ago not to have kids. Every now and then, Kate seems to reconsider.

"Cleaning Out". Published in The Muse Apprentice Guild, Spring 2003.
This time the fight started with her saying: “You were supposed to vacuum today."

Unpublished Stories

"Throw Me Something, Mister".
Here they were, two lost schoolgirls, in the growing heat, the April sun bouncing off the concrete, the humidity thick enough to make breathing a chore, in their short shorts, their tank tops, their flip-flops, still too much clothing to be comfortable, their skin already sticky with sweat, trying, most importantly of all, not to look like two lost schoolgirls. These girls hadn't been in New Orleans for twenty minutes before losing themselves. After making Mary Nell drive up and down Esplanade a few times, Jaime had told her friend to park next to a nice looking brick building, telling her they were just outside the French Quarter, even though she did not know what the building was or how far, exactly, they were from the Quarter. Everybody knows Esplanade, she figured, even people who have never been to New Orleans.

"Walking Is Easy".
Luke McGee has only known about it—this six­month affair between his beautiful wife Reilly and their unassuming neighbor Alan—for eighteen hours. Since April, she's been sneaking over to Alan's house most every night. She and Alan don't always have sex, she said. They often don't have sex. Some nights, though, they do have sex. As she told him this, Luke had tried to do the math: some nights of most every night meant twice a week? She wasn't doing it for the sex, she told him. He knew that, didn't he? She and Luke have sex every night, honeymooners who have forgotten the honeymoon has ended. The sex was for poor Alan, whose wife up and left him with an empty house and a stack of bills and nothing else. She gives him what he needs because he gives her what she needs. Reilly does it for what Luke takes from her every night after they make love, when he gets up, gets dressed, and goes to do whatever it is he does in the garage; she does it for the companionship, the comfort, the embrace, she tried to explain to him, but all Luke could think about as she confessed was how it could have happened without his knowing.

Submission Log

Submission Log, 2001-2017
Status Story Type Publisher Date submitted
"Nothing to Do at the Top" Story Playboy College Fiction Contes 17 Dec 2001
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story Nimrod Fiction Contest 30 Apr 2002
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story Another Chicago Magazine 08 Aug 2002
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Missouri Review 08 Aug 2002
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story Natural Bridge 08 Aug 2002
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Ploughshares 08 Aug 2002
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story Oklahoma Review 24 Sep 2002
"Outside Evansville" Story Pideldyboz 27 Nov 2002
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Atlantic College Fiction Conte 29 Nov 2002
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Playboy College Fiction Contes 31 Dec 2002
"Outside Evansville" Story Atlantic Monthly 15 Feb 2003
"Outside Evansville" Story Fiction 15 Feb 2003
"Outside Evansville" Story Missouri Review 15 Feb 2003
"Outside Evansville" Story Paris Review 15 Feb 2003
"Outside Evansville" Story Partisan Review 15 Feb 2003
"Cleaning Out" Story Opium 22 Feb 2003
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story New Yorker 23 Feb 2003
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story Coweescoowee 15 Apr 2003
"Cleaning Out" Story M.A.G. 17 Apr 2003
"Still" Story M.A.G. 17 Apr 2003
"We Have a Safe?" Story Atlantic Monthly 30 May 2003
"We Have a Safe?" Story 3rd Bed 26 Jul 2003
"Outside Evansville" Story Artful Dodge 26 Jul 2003
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Black Warrior Review 26 Jul 2003
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Gettysburg Review 26 Jul 2003
"Outside Evansville" Story Glimmertrain 26 Jul 2003
"We Have a Safe?" Story Granta 26 Jul 2003
"We Have a Safe?" Story Harpers 26 Jul 2003
"Outside Evansville" Story Haydens Ferry Review 26 Jul 2003
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Zoetrope 26 Jul 2003
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Antigonish Review 13 Jan 2004
"Outside Evansville" Story Armchair Aesthete 13 Jan 2004
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story Aux Arc Review 13 Jan 2004
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story B and A 13 Jan 2004
"Outside Evansville" Story Baltimore Review 13 Jan 2004
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Barbaric Yawp 13 Jan 2004
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story Beacon Street Review 13 Jan 2004
"Outside Evansville" Story Bellingham Review 13 Jan 2004
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story Bellowing Ark 13 Jan 2004
"Outside Evansville" Story Berkeley Fiction Review 13 Jan 2004
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story BIGNews 13 Jan 2004
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Black Mountain Review 13 Jan 2004
"Keeping Me Quiet" Story Bogg 13 Jan 2004
"Outside Evansville" Story Chatahooche Review 13 Jan 2004
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Chicago Quarterly Review 13 Jan 2004
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Chiron Review 13 Jan 2004
"White Space" Story Concho River Review 07 Jun 2004
"We Have a Safe?" Story Cottonwood 07 Jun 2004
"We Have a Safe?" Story Doubletake 07 Jun 2004
"White Space" Story Gargoyle 07 Jun 2004
"We Have a Safe?" Story Green Hills Literary Lantern 07 Jun 2004
"White Space" Story Griffin 07 Jun 2004
"White Space" Story Interbang 07 Jun 2004
"We Have a Safe?" Story Journal 07 Jun 2004
"White Space" Story Kimera 07 Jun 2004
"We Have a Safe?" Story Kit-Kat Review 07 Jun 2004
"Goodnight, Reilly" Story Mary 06 Nov 2004
"Horatio" Story Tin House 24 Jan 2005
"Horatio" Story Nightsun 19 Apr 2005
"We Have a Safe?" Story Lousiville Review 17 May 2005
"We Have a Safe?" Story Lynx Eye 17 May 2005
"White Space" Story Many Mountains Moving 17 May 2005
"We Have a Safe?" Story Metal Scratches 17 May 2005
"White Space" Story New Orleans Review 17 May 2005
"We Have a Safe?" Story New Stone Circle 17 May 2005
"White Space" Story North Dakota Quarterly 17 May 2005
"White Space" Story Oasis 17 May 2005
"How to Ruin a Word" Story McSweeneys 02 Jun 2005
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Glimmertrain Fiction Open Cont 06 Jun 2005
"This Is Where" Story Atlantic Monthly 23 Jul 2005
"Horatio" Story Oxford American 23 Jul 2005
"Horatio" Story Paris Review 23 Jul 2005
"Horatio" Story Phantasmagoria 23 Jul 2005
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Playboy 23 Jul 2005
"Horatio" Story Pleiades 23 Jul 2005
"Horatio" Story Puckerbrush Review 23 Jul 2005
"This Is Where" Story New Yorker 05 Nov 2005
"How to Ruin a Word" Story Opium Magazine 05 Nov 2005
"White Space" Story Black Warrior Review 26 Nov 2005
"This Is Where" Story Boulevard 29 Nov 2005
"This Is Where" Story Columbia 29 Nov 2005
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Granta 29 Nov 2005
"This Is Where" Story Harvard Review 29 Nov 2005
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Hotel Amerika 29 Nov 2005
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Mid-American Review 29 Nov 2005
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Nimrod 29 Nov 2005
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Painted Bride Quarterly 29 Nov 2005
"This Is Where" Story Paris Review 29 Nov 2005
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Phoebe 29 Nov 2005
"This Is Where" Story TriQuarterly 29 Nov 2005
"This Is Where" Story Yale Review 29 Nov 2005
"A Good Carpenter [Hits What Pa" Article Faulkner Journal 01 Jan 2006
"Not Josef" Story Missouri Review 20 Mar 2006
"Not Josef" Story TriQuarterly 20 Mar 2006
"Not Josef" Story Zoetrope: All-Story 20 Mar 2006
This Is Where: Stories Book Book Contest 01 Jun 2006
"This Is Where" Story Tallahatchie RiverFest Faulkne 23 Jun 2006
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Atlantic Monthly 29 Jun 2006
"Not Josef" Story Bat City Review 29 Jun 2006
"Not Josef" Story Gargoyle 29 Jun 2006
"This Is Where" Story Mid-American Review 29 Jun 2006
"This Is Where" Story Missouri Review 29 Jun 2006
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story New American Writing 29 Jun 2006
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Paris Review 29 Jun 2006
"This Is Where" Story Third Coast 29 Jun 2006
"Not Josef" Story Voix du Vieux 22 Jul 2006
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story New Millenium Writings Contest 29 Jul 2006
"This Is Where" Story St. Louis Writers Guild Contes 10 Nov 2006
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Iowa Review Contest 30 Jan 2007
This Is Where: Stories Book Grace Paley Prize 28 Feb 2007
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Atlantic Monthly 28 May 2007
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Mid-American Review 28 May 2007
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Missouri Review 28 May 2007
"This Is Where" Story New Yorker 28 May 2007
"When Will It End? [Quick Chang" Story Paris Review 28 May 2007
"Not Josef" Story Redivider 28 May 2007
"Your Friend, Mrs. Sese Seko" Story Steel City Review 28 May 2007
"Not Josef" Story Paradigm 13 Jun 2007
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story Florida Review 14 Jun 2007
"When Will It End? [Quick Chang" Story Failbetter 09 Aug 2007
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Story Quarterly 09 Aug 2007
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Atlantic Monthly 15 Sep 2007
"Even Anarchists Deserve a Day " Story A Public Space 26 Sep 2007
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Third Coast 26 Sep 2007
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Subtropics 11 Oct 2007
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Florida Review Editors Prize 14 Feb 2008
"This Is Where" Story Nelson Algren Award 14 Feb 2008
"This Is Where" Story Nelligan Short Fiction Award 13 Mar 2008
"Your Friend, Mrs. Sese Seko" Story Tobias Wolff Fiction Award 13 Mar 2008
"Walking Is Easy" Story StoryQuarterly Love Story Cont 25 Mar 2008
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story New Letters Literary Award 16 May 2008
"We Have a Safe?" Story Night Train 11 Jun 2008
"This Is Where" Story Narrative Magazine First Perso 30 Jun 2008
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Sean OFaolain Short Story Comp 30 Jun 2008
This Is Where: Stories Book Katherine Anne Porter Prize 28 Aug 2008
"This Is Where" Story Southern California Review Pri 30 Aug 2008
"We Have a Safe?" Story Hobart 12 Sep 2008
"We Have a Safe?" Story Journal of College Writing 12 Sep 2008
"This Is Where" Story Upstreet 12 Sep 2008
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Essays and Fictions 13 Sep 2008
"Your Friend, Mrs. Sese Seko" Story Fence 15 Sep 2008
"Walking Is Easy" Story Freight 15 Sep 2008
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Alaska Quarterly Review 20 Sep 2008
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Antioch Review 20 Sep 2008
"This Is Where" Story Clackamas Review 20 Sep 2008
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Dos Passos Review 20 Sep 2008
"Walking Is Easy" Story Gulf Coast 20 Sep 2008
"Your Friend, Mrs. Sese Seko" Story Keyhole Magazine 28 Sep 2008
"This Is Where" Story Tennessee Williams Festival Co 12 Nov 2008
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Hobart 15 Nov 2008
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Fiction Weekly 13 Jan 2009
"A Good Carpenter [Hits What Pa" Article Publications of the Mississipp 01 Feb 2009
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story 52 Stories 06 Feb 2009
"Man Who Shot Henry McCarty" Story Fiction Weekly 09 Jun 2009
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Flannery OConnor Award 30 Jun 2010
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Santa Fe Writers Project Liter 14 Jul 2010
"How to Ruin a Word" Story Barthelme Prize for Short Pros 28 Aug 2010
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Tennessee Williams Festival Co 14 Nov 2010
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Antioch Review 30 Dec 2010
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Colorado Review 30 Dec 2010
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Georgia Review 30 Dec 2010
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Gettysburg Review 30 Dec 2010
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Harvard Review 30 Dec 2010
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Kenyon Review 30 Dec 2010
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Missouri Review 30 Dec 2010
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story New England Review 30 Dec 2010
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Ploughshares 30 Dec 2010
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Southern Review 30 Dec 2010
"Walking Is Easy" Story Boulevard 23 Jan 2011
"Walking Is Easy" Story Crazyhorse 23 Jan 2011
"Walking Is Easy" Story West Branch 23 Jan 2011
"Walking Is Easy" Story Alaska Quarterly Review 24 Jan 2011
"Walking Is Easy" Story Michigan Quarterly Review 24 Jan 2011
"Walking Is Easy" Story Colorado Review 05 Mar 2011
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Michigan Quarterly Review 05 Mar 2011
"Walking Is Easy" Story Missouri Review 05 Mar 2011
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Paris Review 05 Mar 2011
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Southern Review 05 Mar 2011
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story A Public Space 05 Apr 2011
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story West Branch 05 Apr 2011
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Alaska Quarterly Review 07 Apr 2011
"Walking Is Easy" Story Antioch Review 07 Apr 2011
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Michigan Quarterly Review 07 Apr 2011
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Missouri Review 07 Apr 2011
"Walking Is Easy" Story Southern Review 07 Apr 2011
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story West Branch 07 Apr 2011
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest 01 May 2011
"A Good Carpenter [Hits What Pa" Article Southern Literary Journal 20 Jun 2011
"When Will It End? [Quick Chang" Story 971 Menu 11 Jul 2011
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Iowa Writers Workshop Short Fi 30 Sep 2011
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Gulf Coast Fiction Contest 15 Mar 2012
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Faulkner-Wisdom Award 15 May 2012
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Flannery OConnor Award 30 May 2012
"Goodbye, Mr. Wonderful" Story Xavier Review 15 Mar 2013
"Green" Story Southeast Review Worlds Best S 20 Mar 2013
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest 01 May 2013
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Outpost 19 26 May 2013
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Queens Ferry Press 26 May 2013
"Green" Story Barthelme Prize for Short Pros 01 Sep 2013
"Green" Story NANO Fiction 21 Jan 2014
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Open Throne Magazine 05 Apr 2014
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Algonquin Press 16 Apr 2014
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Black Denim Lit 23 Apr 2014
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Black Warrior Review 23 Apr 2014
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Independent Ink Magazine 23 Apr 2014
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story One Story 23 Apr 2014
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Painted Bride Quarterly 15 May 2014
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book New American Press 16 Jun 2014
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Missouri Review Editors Prize 07 Sep 2014
"Something Resembling Normal [N" Story Independent Ink Magazine 07 Sep 2014
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Taurpaulin Sky Press Book Awar 30 Nov 2014
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Columbia Journal Writing Compe 30 Nov 2014
"Green" Story New Flash Fiction 11 Dec 2014
"Green" Story Red Savina Review 13 Dec 2014
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story New World Writing 14 Sep 2015
"Something Resembling Normal" Story West Branch 21 Sep 2015
"Something Resembling Normal (N" Story Writing Raw 19 Sep 2015
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Ninth Letter 21 Sep 2015
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Bellevue Literary Press 29 Sep 2015
"Throw Me Something, Mister" Story Failbetter 12 Oct 2015
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Flannery O'Connor Award 31 May 2016
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Serena McDonald-Kennedy Award 11 Jul 2016
Stupid, Stupid Men: Stories Book Press 53 Short Fiction Award 30 Nov 2016
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