I’m the author of two memoirs, two novels, and two books of poetry. My new memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, was published February 12, 2019, by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. My previous memoir, Losing My Sister (Blair), was named a finalist for Memoir of the Year by both Southeast Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and ForeWord Review.
My two novels are Early Leaving (William Morrow) and The Slow Way Back (William Morrow), a finalist for SIBA’s Novel of the Year, winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the Mary Ruffin Poole Award for First Fiction. My two books of poetry are Holding Back Winter (St. Andrews Press) and Wanting To Know the End (Silverfish Review Press), winner of the Gerald Cable Poetry Prize and the top three prizes for a book of poetry by a North Carolinian – the Roanoke-Chowan Prize, Zoe Kincaid Brockman Prize, and Oscar Arnold Young Prize.
My work has been published in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and other literary journals; Real Simple magazine; and in numerous anthologies. I received the Hobson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters, the Fortner Writer and Community Award for “outstanding generosity to other writers and the larger community,” and the Beverly D. Clark Author Award from Queens University.
Born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina, I live with my husband in Charlotte, NC. We have two married children and four grandchildren.