I’m the author of seven books — three memoirs, two novels, and two collections of poetry. My new memoir, Child: A Memoir (published May 5, 2022, University of South Carolina Press), was named a “Must-Read Book in 2022” by Katie Couric Media.
My memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, was published in 2019 (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), and in paperback in 2020 (Anchor Books). Together was a Real Simple Best Book of the Year and received a starred review from Library Journal. My 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 Real Simple magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post, Literary Hub, The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and other literary journals; and 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,” the Irene Blair Honeycutt Lifetime Achievement Award, 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.