Welcome! I’m the author of the young adult novel A SERIES OF SMALL MANEUVERS, which received the Oregon Book Awards Readers Choice Award, and the story collection CLOSE IS FINE. To purchase either, please visit the “Books” page.


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Want a Free eBook?

The River School: Reflections on Rivers, Writing, and Life is now available as a free eBook. The essays share some of the lessons that rivers have taught me about writing and life, and they reveal where several of the moments in A Series of Small Maneuvers come from. To receive your free copy, simply sign up for my mailing list.


SMALL MANEUVERS Discussion Guide

Interested in a A Series of Small Maneuvers Discussion Guide for your classroom or book club? Well, here ya go! SMALL MANEUVERS Discussion Guide


A Series of Small Maneuvers Receives the Readers Choice Award

Wow! The readers have spoken! A Series of Small Maneuvers has received the 2017 Oregon Book Awards Readers Choice Award. Congrats to all the Oregon Book Award recipients!


New Interview in Eleven PDX Magazine

Eleven PDX Magazine was kind enough to feature me in their Literary Arts section. We talked about “gritty realism,” A Series of Small Maneuvers, the Oregon Book Awards, and what I’m working on next.


Check Out This Thoughtful Review of SMALL MANEUVERS

Check out this thoughtful review of A Series of Small Maneuvers from Chelsea Gillenwater at Blackbird, Virginia Commonwealth University’s online literary journal. Gillenwater calls the novel “a fantastic survival story told with style and heart” and “an engrossing, moving portrait of grief.”


New Short Story at BULL {Men's Fiction}

BULL {Men’s Fiction} has published “Quarry Day,” my latest short story. It’s a story about youth, patience, rocks, and love. Give it a read!


A SERIES OF SMALL MANEUVERS Wins the Reading the West Award

The Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association has awarded A Series of Small Maneuvers the 2015 Reading the West Award in Children’s/YA Literature. Congratulations to S.M. Hulse (Black River) and Lesley Poling-Kempes (Ladies of the Canyons), the winners in Fiction and Nonfiction!