Residency Fellowship. VCCA-France. Le Moulin à Nef Studio Center. Auvillar, France. August-September 2014.
“When Stars Fell Like Salt Before the Revolution,” selected by Douglas Glover as one of two honourable mentions in The Fiddlehead‘s 23rd annual fiction contest. The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Journal. No. 259. Spring 2014.
“The Empty Houses.” Top-25 finalist in Glimmer Train’s December 2013 fiction open competition. 19 February 2014.
“Way Markers.” Short Fiction 7, University of Plymouth Press, United Kingdom. 4 November 2013.
“When Stars Fell Like Salt before the Revolution.” Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s July 2013 Very Short Story Competition. 27 September 2013.
“When Stars Fell Like Salt before the Revolution” selected by Joyce Russell as one of nine highly commended stories. 2013 Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition in conjunction with the Munster Literature Centre and the Cork International Short Story Festival, Dublin, Ireland. September 2013.
2013 Kenyon Review Novel Workshop with Nancy Zafris, Geetha Kothari, and Man Martin. Kenyon College. Gambier, Ohio. June 29-July 3, 2013.
2013 Sirenland Writers Conference with Karen Russell, Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Hannah Tinti, and Michael Maren. Le Sirenuse. Positano, Italy. March 17-23, 2013.
A Green Raft on a Muddy Swell, a collection of short stories that includes a novella-length excerpt from The Smell of Sulphur–that novel I’ve been working on for so long–has been shortlisted for the 2013 Scott Prize (Salt Publishing, UK). Feels like a dream. Thank you, Jen and Chris Hamilton-Emery. Thank you, Salt Publishing.
Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, Volume 62, Issue 1, Fall 2012, is now live and includes a short piece of mine, “Ode to Girl with Hand on Barbed Wire,” inspired by Dorothea Lange’s gelatin silver print, Migrant Daughter, photographed in Wapato, Washington, in 1939.
A Green Raft on a Muddy Swell. Finalist. 2012 Autumn House Press fiction contest for a collection of short stories, judged by Stewart O’Nan.
Six-week residency at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories. October 29-December 9, 2012.
2012 fellowship at the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland. September 2012.
“Ode to Girl with Hand on Barbed Wire.” Honorable Mention in the 2012 Bevel Summers Award for Short Short Fiction. Forthcoming in Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review. Volume 62. Issue 1. September 2012.
One-quarter (ten-week) sabbatical to continue working on my novel in progress, THE SMELL OF SULPHUR. Yakima Valley Community College. Fall 2012.
Shortlisted for the 2012 David T.K. Wong Fellowship, an annual award of £26,000, to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year in the UK at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. 22 March 2012.
“Ode to Girl with Hand on Barbed Wire.” One of three finalists in the Richard Hugo House New Works Competition: End of the Line. 14 March 2012.
“The Underwater Room,” an excerpt from THE SMELL OF SULPHUR (winner of the 2010 Short Fiction New Writers Competition and first published in Short Fiction 4, University of Plymouth Press, United Kingdom) was re-published in The Good Men Project. 7 January 2012.
“Bethel Street, You Could Be Barcelona. Litro, Issue 110: Street Fiction (United Kingdom). October 2011.
Before the Rain. One of ten semi-finalists in fiction. Spring 2011 Black River Chapbook Competition (Black Lawrence Press).
Scholarship to attend the Banff Centre Wired Writing Studio. October 2011-March 2012. [I had to cancel this.]
Three-week self-directed residency at the Banff Centre. August-September 2011.
Summer 2011 residency at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center, a refuge for established scholars and artists to study, write, create, and interact in a peaceful and quiet environment. Located at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories, a marine science research and education center north of Puget Sound, the Whiteley Center has been described as a phrontistery–a space for focused study, thought, creativity, and productivity.
Shortlisted for the 2011 David T.K. Wong Fellowship, an annual award of £26,000 to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year in the UK, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
“Bethel Street You Could Be Barcelona,” Glimmer Train’s January 2011 Very Short Fiction Award, top-25 finalist.
The Guest House in Old Camp and The Underwater Room. Two of ten semi-finalists in fiction. Fall 2010 Black River Chapbook Competition (Black Lawrence Press).
Waitlisted for the 2011 Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
“The Underwater Room,” an excerpt from THE SMELL OF SULPHUR, winner of the 2010 Short Fiction New Writers Competition. University of Plymouth Press, United Kingdom.
Headlands Center for the Arts 2010 National/International Artist in Residence Program. One of four finalists in writing.
“Bisu and the Missionary’s Daughter,” an excerpt from THE SMELL OF SULPHUR, selected by Dan Chaon as the winner of the 2009 Juked Fiction Prize.
“Bethel Street You Could Be Barcelona,” shortlisted for the 2009 Bridport Short Story Prize, United Kingdom. Adjudicated by Ali Smith.
“Bisu and the Missionary’s Daughter,” finalist in Narrative Magazine’s Spring 2009 Story Contest.
“Mina and Fina and Lotte Wattimena,” an excerpt from THE SMELL OF SULPHUR, one of two equal runners up in the 2009 Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition, United Kingdom. Adjudicated by Rana Dasgupta, winner of the 2010 Commonwealth Prize for Best Book.