I'm a writer based in Texas with an MFA in fiction from UNC Wilmington. My debut novel, Girl in the Walls, will be published by Fourth Estate and Ecco in 2021.
A 2018 Peter Taylor Fellow for the Kenyon Review's Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers, I've led film classes as a UNCW graduate teaching assistant and creative writing classes for middle schoolers in the Wilmington, NC area. I've also worked as a scholastic coordinator for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, an on-site director for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, and as an English language instructor for Cosmopolitan Lingua school in Budapest, Hungary. Along the way, I've enjoyed volunteer work that supports environmental causes, such as a feral hog assessment in the Louisiana swamps, a terrapin tally on the North Carolina coast, and work in a botanical garden in the Texas Brazos Valley.
I'm often particularly fascinated by the settings of stories: the ways they're depicted on the page, the interactions between place and character, and what it means to exist in them—in a world undergoing rampant climate change. In my own writing, I find I'm often drawn to the swamps outside my childhood home of New Orleans, Louisiana.
I'm represented by Susan Armstrong of C&W Agency. U.S. rights are represented by Amelia Atlas of ICM. Book to Film rights are with Luke Speed of Curtis Brown.