About Me:


I really love to teach writing. There’s nothing like it: people with a passion coming together to write, to create something memorable, remarkable, original. Inevitably, a spark ignites and what was latent in the room—that desire–becomes real. I’ve taught for over ten years at the University of San Francisco in the graduate creative writing program. Over the years, I’ve also taught at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California. I earned my M.F.A. at San Francisco State, with a focus on poetry.

My novel, The Translator, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award and was nominated for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. With starred reviews from Booklist and Shelf Awareness, it was named a 100 Recommended Book by the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s been translated into five languages.

My first novel, The Painting, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award and was named a “Year’s Finest: Best Book” by the San Francisco Chronicle and a fearless debut by MSNBC. I also write a monthly column for Fiction Advocate. My short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have been published in Zyzzyva, Santa Clara Review, Fugue , Your Impossible Voice, and other literary journals. My agent is currently shopping my most recent novel to publishing houses

My Novels