2017 Tennessee Williams Festival

With pieces in LA Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Kenyon Review, LitHub, and elsewhere.


The Taking of Freret Street: In New Orleans, losing a way of life, on end-stage gentrification in my neighborhood. Appears in the Southern Foodways Alliance magazine.

“Fine Dining,” an essay on the racial complications of dining culture, appeared in the fall 2016 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review.

“Personal Terrors: Fear and Balkanization in Tribal America,” a book review for Virginia Quarterly Review

“What Katrina Taught Me: A hurricane’s wounds can be treated but never healed,” LA Times Op-Ed in response to Hurricane Harvey.  

“Kings of the Confederate Road,” a collaborative essay and photo project for Bitter Southerner Magazine.

Unfathomable City, a New Orleans Atlas, edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedecker and published by the University of California Press.

“Talking in New Orleans in the Age of Trump,” a pre-election essay predicting Trump’s America, appeared in LitHub on November 7, 2016.

Hear performance of Trump essay commissioned by Racist Sandwich.

“The Effects of White Supremacy are Non-Transferable” (or “Coping in New Orleans”), an essay in Lithub acknowledging the experience gap between minorities and would-be allies. 

“New Orleans Expatriates: Satchmo and Lil Wayne,” an essay for 64 Parishes Magazine of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

“Ignatius in the New New Orleans,” an essay for Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine sponsored by the Pulitzer Prize Foundation in honor of the organization’s centennial. Commissioned by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

“Transition in New Orleans,” an essay about the social-economic and political choices that are gentrifying the city. Commissioned by Antenna.

“Louisiana,” an essay for Pacific Standard’s Postcards from America series.

“The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You,” a short story, appears in The Iowa Review in the winter 2014/15 issue. This story won the 2014 Iowa Review Awards Fiction Contest, judged by Novelist Rachel Kushner.

The Iowa Review asked me to read the story. Here it is. 

“The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You,” (reprint), a short story originally published in the Iowa Review and the recipient of the Iowa Review Fiction Prize, appeared in Commemorative CWW 25th Anniversary Fiction Anthology, Eds. Fredrick Barton and Joanna Leake. New Orleans. UNO Press.

“Displacement in New Orleans,” an essay on gentrification, appeared in issue 34.2 of Arcade Magazine

“Stanislavski in the Ghetto,” an essay on the craft of writing  in AGNI Magazine

“The Children of New Orleans,” a short story, appeared in issue 83 of AGNI. 

AGNI No. 83

AGNI No. 83

“Jonestown,” a short story, appeared in the winter 2016 print issue (issue 28.2) of the Green Mountains Review.

Green Mountains Review 28.2 Green Mountains Review 28.2 back cover

“Fast Hands Fast Feet,” a short story, appeared in the fall 2015 of The Pinch Literary Journal.

“The Places I Couldn’t Go,” short story, appeared in the September 2015 online issue of the Green Mountains Review.

“Beg Borrow Steal,” a short story, appeared in The Kenyon Review in August 2015. Read it here!

“Ms. Ann’s Garden,” a short story, appeared in New Delta Review in May 2015. Read it here!

“The Boy Who Would Be Oloye,” a short story, appeared in the spring 2015 issue of The Massachusetts Review.

MR Spring 15

“The Boy Who Would Be Oloye” appears inside.


“Elevation Night,” an excerpt from my novel-in-progress, appears in Volume 37, Number 5 of Callaloo Journal.

“A History of Motion,” an essay, appears in the winter 2014/15 issue of Cicada Magazine, a young adult magazine.

An excerpt from my novel-in-progress, All of the Lights, won the William Faulkner-Wisdom Competition’s 2014 novel-in-progress award. 

“The Anchor Song,” a short story, appears in issue 23.2 of George Mason University’s So to Speak Journal, a feminist journal of language and art. This story won the 2014 So to Speak fiction contest. 

So to Speak 2014 Cover

“One Man Reflects on Ray Rice,” an essay, appears in So to Speak Journala feminist journal of language and art.

“Heathen,” a short story, appears in The Knicknackery, Issue Two – Summer 2014.

“Catch What You Can,” a short story, appears in Redivider Journal, issue 11.2.

Redivider Journal - Catch What You Can

“Motion Picture Making,” a short story, appears in the June 2014 issue of Writing Tomorrow Magazine.

Writing Tomorrow Magazine - Motion Picture Making

“Heroes and Villains,” a short story, appears in 94 Creations, a literary art journal, issue 5.



“St. Claude Avenue: Loss and Recovery on an Inner-City Artery,” an essay, appears in

“NOLA’s Petals,” a radio essay, appears on NPR local affiliate WWNO’s Storyville.


“The Pie Man,” short story, appears in South Carolina Review 45.1.

SCR Cover

“Mercury Forges,” a short story, appears in Apalachee Review 62.

AR #61 Cover


“Cheating the Muse,” an essay on fiction writing, appears in Apalachee Review 62.


“Mr. Face,” a short story, appears in Regarding Arts & Letters 36.1.


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