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Assistant Professor, English Department

MFA, Cornell University, 2009

Areas of Interest

Creative Writing

Current Projects

At work on a new novel

Books and Recent Articles

The Lobster Kings (2014), W.W. Norton & Company and Knopf Canada
Touch (2011), W. W. Norton & Company and Knopf Canada, as well as various foreign publishers
When I First Held You (Berkley Books, June 2014), “Hurtings”
iSkills (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2013), “The Adjuster”
Modern Morsels (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2012), “The Adjuster”
Strange Harbors: Second Book of Albawtaka Review (2010), “Touch,” translated into Arabic
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 (Anchor Books, 2008), “Touch”
Queen’s Quarterly, “Qallupilluit,” 2011
Orion Magazine, “Birds,” 2009
Tin House, “Touch,” Fall 2006
The Southern Review, “The Door at the End of the Hallway,” 2013
Glimmer Train, “Finis,” 2012
The Walrus, “The Five Rules of Engagement,” 2011
Five Chapters, “Paper Son,” 2011
Narrative, “Formula,” 2011, Narrative Story of the Week
The Atlantic Monthly, “Furlough,” 2009
Narrative, “The Accommodation,” 2009
Slice Magazine, “Take Me First, Take Me Second, Kill Me Now, Kill Me Forever,” 2009
Green Mountains Review, “Malagano Trees,” 2009
Narrative, “Trapline,” 2008
The Southwest Review, “The Adjuster,” 2006


Touch shortlisted for the First Novel Award, the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award, The Center for Fiction’s 2011 Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the 2013 Dublin IMPAC Award.
Named to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (The CBC) list of 12 Canadian Writers to Watch: “The future of this country’s literature.”
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection 2011
Knopf Canada New Face of Fiction selection 2011
Best American Short Stories 2009 “100 Other Distinguished Stories”
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 Winner and Jury Favorite
2008 Pushcart Prize Special Mention for two short stories
2008 Narrative Prize for Best Short Story by an Emerging Writer

Last Updated: 7/27/16