Smart Conversations About MFA Programs

   This post is a little late and very long, so most of it is below the jump. Per my previous post, I do not believe that MFA programs are killing US literature, or that they do more harm than good. I do believe though that they do some things much better than others, and […]

Stupid Conversations About MFA Programs

I waited so long to have a blog that it turns out I actually have a lot to say about MFA programs, so I’ve divided this into two posts: one about the legitimate conversations we might be having about MFA programs and what they can and can’t do, and one about the stupid conversations that […]

Musings on the Black Book Section

A while back, I wrote a short piece for PEN American, working through some of my ambivalence about the “black book” section in a lot of US bookstores. Here’s the opening: I first understood what people meant when they spoke of intangible white privilege when I realized that I read differently than other people. Literature […]


I just got back from a week of being spoiled rotten at the Hald Writer’s Retreat in Denmark. Hald is a lovely manor in the Danish countryside, which offers longer residencies throughout the year, but I was invited for a week, along with five Danish writers and four other US writers, as part of a program sponsored by […]