My new memoir, Together: Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, will be published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in April 2019.
My memoir, Losing My Sister, was published by John F. Blair Publisher in October 2012. Excerpts have appeared in Real Simple Magazine; Drafthorse, an online literary journal; The Charlotte Observer; and Luck: A Collection of Facts, Fiction, Incantations & Verse (Lorimer Press). I’ve read portions from the memoir as personal commentaries on WFAE-FM, NPR affiliate in Charlotte, NC, and on WUNC-FM, NPR affiliate in Chapel Hill, NC. Poems in the memoir appeared originally in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Black Warrior Review, and in the following anthologies: Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Women’s Poetry (Beacon Press); Ladies, Start Your Engines: Women Writers on Cars and the Road (Faber and Faber); and Here’s to the Land: 60th Anniversary Anthology of the North Carolina Poetry Society.
My second novel, Early Leaving, was published by William Morrow in 2004. My first novel, The Slow Way Back, published by William Morrow in 1999, won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, the Mary Ruffin Poole Award for Best First Work of Fiction, and was a finalist for the Southeast Independent Booksellers Association’s Best Novel of the Year.
My two books of poetry are Holding Back Winter and Wanting To Know the End, winner of the Gerald Cable Poetry Award (a national prize) and the three top poetry prizes in North Carolina: the Roanoke-Chowan Prize, Zoe Kincaid Brockman Prize, and Oscar Arnold Young Prize.
My book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post and The Charlotte Observer. My poetry has been published in many literary journals, such as Kenyon Review, Ohio Review, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, as well as in numerous anthologies. I received the Fortner Writer and Community Award for “outstanding generosity to other writers and the larger community,” the Hobson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters, and the Beverly D. Clark Author Award from Queens University. I also was awarded a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc.
Born and raised in Rock Hill, SC, I live in Charlotte, NC. My husband I have two married children, three granddaughters and a grandson.