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.”

I have published in the New York Review of Books, New York TimesLondon Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Longreads, Times Higher Education, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher EducationSouthwest Review, Politico Europe, Scena9, The Yale Review, Literary Hub, Petits Propos Culinaires, Serious EatsAeon, PsycheZócalo Public Square, and Marginalia Review of Books, among other outlets.

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 others selected as notables in 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2020. 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.