Writing

Fiction

Our time was spent hiding from the sun. As the light lengthened and mellowed from white to gold, we would go out into the yard, down to the canal. Split for 7-Eleven once it got too dark to see snakes. On the walk to 7-Eleven we’d rush from one yellow puddle of streetlight to the next, pretending monsters and pedophiles lurked in the darkness between.

I said monsters.

Chloë said pedophiles.

He looked down at the still face. He looked back up at the ceiling. The plaster was patterned into crosses, each arm meeting in a flower. He stared at the petals so long it began to look like they were unfolding, blooming above him.

“January 1st”, Madcap Review (July 2017)

Her heart flipped; she’d never been in an emergency. Should she get dressed? She heard someone yell in the hall. This was real. The fear was a flood; she went from fine to shaking as she wrapped herself in a towel. No one had knocked or tried to warn her.

“Dublin, 1999”, Sunday Stories: Volume 1 Brooklyn (June 2017)

Shane’s leaving is right there in his name, like a genetic disease waiting to manifest in a child. So why did finding his note tear through me so bad?

“Fire Escape”, The Boiler Journal (Spring 2017)

“Bracelet”, LUMINA Vol. XII (2013) (honorable mention, 2013 Fiction Contest, judge George Saunders)

“Amanuensis”, Anamesa Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2013)

Criticism

Tor.com

TBR Stack on Tor.com

Thinking Through Violence in The Just City and The Philosopher Kings“, Jo Walton Seminar, Crooked Timber (February 5, 2016)

Writing On Screen: Why Do Writing Students Love Such Terrible Mentors?”, Electric Literature (October 9, 2015)

“Jupiter Ascending is a High-Concept Sci-Fi Explosion (And This is a Good Thing!)”, anthologized in Speculative Fiction 2015: The Year’s Best Online Reviews, Essays, and Commentary

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