Writer Bio

I write essays and reviews on a number of topics, including: imperfection, distraction, education, literature (medieval and beyond), food, dance, celebrity, and migration. One of my proudest achievements as a writer was being included on the syllabus for a college-level course on “Bad Immigrants.”

My cultural essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Review of Books, The Walrus, New York TimesLondon Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Times Higher Education, Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Chronicle of Higher EducationPolitico Europe, Aeon, Avidly and Psyche.

I have published memoir in Longreads, Southwest Review, Scena9, The Yale Review, The Rumpus, The Dalhousie Review, Brevity Magazine, Literary Hub, Petits Propos Culinaires, Serious EatsZócalo Public Square, and Marginalia Review of Books.

My essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, shortlisted for 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 five others selected as notables between 2013 and 2021. 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 appeared in Romanian, Spanish, Latvian, and Chinese.

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