Writer Bio

I write about whatever catches my fancy. Some enduring obsessions: the positive uses of imperfection, the relationship between food and culture, how literature and the humanities shape who we are, the lifelong process of learning, and the ephemeral magic of performance. One of my proudest achievements as a writer was being included on the syllabus for a college-level course on “Bad Immigrants.”

I am a repeat contributor to the New York TimesTimes Literary Supplement, Longreads, Times Higher Education, Los Angeles Review of BooksSouthwest Review, Politico Europe, and Scena9. My work has also appeared in the London Review of Books, The Yale Review, Petits Propos Culinaires, Serious EatsWashington Post, The Atlantic, AeonZócalo Public SquareThe Marginalia Review of Books, among other outlets.

My essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the James Beard Foundation’s MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, and received the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for nonfiction. One piece was included in Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen and Bob Atwan, with others selected as notables in 2013, 2017, and 2018. My work has also been reprinted in Holly Hughes’ Best Food Writing 2017, Jay McInerney’s Wine Reads: A Literary Anthology of Wine Writing (2018), and Longreads. Various pieces have also appeared in Romanian, Spanish, Latvian, and Chinese.

I am represented by Emma Parry at Janklow & Nesbit, New York.

You can find a list of my essays and criticism here.