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It’s Okay to Let Your Students Keep Their Video Off. I Promise.” Chalkbeat, August 2020

Riding 100 Miles to Citi Field on a Bike Built for a Beer Run,” The Cauldron / Sports Illustrated, July 2016.

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“Why Must I Chase the Bus?” The Cauldron / Sports Illustrated, Spring 2016

#AWP #AWP20 #AWP2020 #AWPOCALYPSE,” Austin Chronicle, March 2020

The Oranges Scenario,” Moxy, July 2020

“Summer 20,Moxy, August 2020

A few things to try when teaching this fall,” EdSource, August 2020

Non-stop Oracle: Everlastingness in Rachel Cusk’s Outline,” Craft Literary, March 2020

Writers Conference in San Antonio Carries On Despite Coronavirus,” Austin Chronicle, March 5, 2020

Teaching Climate Change with The Lorax and The Jungle,” Lit Hub, October 2019

What High Schoolers Want to Read about Climate Change, Lit Hub, September 2019

“The Imaginary Shortstop,” The Prism Review, Spring 2019. Read it here.

“1978 in a Three-Way Tie for Best Music Year of All-Time,” 34th Parallel, Fall 2018. Read it here.

The President’s Gardens,” Book Review, Rain Taxi, Fall 2018.

Freedom and Not Freedom in Huck Finn and Syria,” Entropy, Spring 2018.

Quack-Quacking Indifference,” Massachusetts ReviewSummer 2017.

Orange and Blue at the All-Star Game,” Chain ReactionSummer 2017.

The Shatterproof Confidence of the Truly Self-Loathing,” The Santa Monica Review, Spring 2017. Read it here.

“The Third Example,” Statement (Cal State LA), Spring 2017. Read it here.

The Human Knot,” Entropy, September 2016.

Emily Dickinson Thinks She Looks Like a Kangaroo” and “Nathaniel Hawthorne Has a Pet Monkey,” The Literary Review, Summer 2014

“You There! Yes, You” or, What Inspired You to Enter the Teaching Profession?” California English, September, 2012

Althrea Tells Me Gangs Mean Love,” What Teaching MeansRogue Teacher’s Press, Summer 2012 and Indiana EnglishSpring 2012.

“Essentially You Have Become Your Own Heart,” Scissors & Spackle, Spring 2012. Read it here.

 “The Edith Wharton Inside Me,” Identity TheorySpring 2012

The Warmth of Vinyl,” Corium, June 2010 issue

The Lonely Story,” Switchback, March 2010



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And finally for now — and certainly, if you’ve made it ’til now, you should really drop me a line and say howdy —

For reelzies this time, adios hasta la proxima, Lucky, Plucky, Clucky & Kentucky are out and about: experience their first few weeks of literally running circles around me in “House of Straw,” on the warm-hearted City Creatures blog at the upstanding Center for Humans and Nature.