Better Times, winner of the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, finalist in Traditional Fiction for the 2019 CWA Book of the Year Awards – praise from Publishers Weekly, The New York Times, Foreword Reviews, Harvard Review, ENTROPYand Tor.com; excerpt on LitHub; coverage in the Quad City Times; interview with Emily Collins for CutBank; interview with Seth Fried for Full Stop; interview with Jesse Hassenger for Fiction Writers Review; interview with Thais Miller for The Museum of Americana; interview with John King for The Drunken Odyssey podcast

Short Stories

“A House in Order,” Pleaides, forthcoming Fall 2024

About Faces,” Epiphany, Issue 31 Fall/Winter 2023

The Thing That Never Gets Closer,” New South, Issue 15.1

Willingness,” Hunger Mountain, Issue 28

A Kindness,” Fourteen Hills, Issue 27

The Less Said,” CALYX, Vol. 32:1

Errata,” Crazyhorse, Number 96

Echos,” Nautilus, Issue 068

The Catastrophists,” Shenandoah, Volume 6, No.1, Fall 2018

Lookaftering,” Hayden’s Ferry Review, Fall/Winter Issue 63

No Man’s Land,” Salt Hill, Issue 37

When Her Father Was an Island,” Bellevue Literary Review, Fall 2016

Foreigners,” Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter 2016

“Laika,” New Orleans Review, 2015; second publishing in The Pushcart Prize Anthology XLI, Best of the Small Presses 2017

Those Who Left & Those Who Stayed,” Epiphany, Winter 2013/2014. Watch the author read an excerpt from this story here.

Prospecting,” LIT, Summer 2011

Cleavage,” Gulf Coast Fiction Prize Winner, Winter/Spring 2011


No tomorrow: confronting sobriety with Groundhog Day,” Tone Madison, 2024

Bring Back the Vibes of Howards End, You Cowards,” LitHub, 2022

On Loss, Time, and Hope: My Year Reading Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet,” LitHub, 2021

It’s Kind of an Itchy Age,” Bright Wall/Dark Room, 2021

10 Story Collections by Women You Should Read Right Now,” Publishers Weekly, 2018

Sara Batkie on Jo Ann Beard,” Literary Mothers, 2014

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