I earned an undergraduate degree in fiction writing from Northwestern University way back in 2000, which means I will never appear on one of those 20-under-40 lists. My first published short story “Sky Boys” won Chicago Reader’s 2012 Pure Fiction contest and was published in the January 12, 2012 issue. Since then, my work has also appeared in Chicago Tribune, Hobart, Beloit Fiction Journal, Sycamore Review, Salamander, Chicago Quarterly Review Tahoma Literary Review, and others. My story “A Pamphlet for This” was a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s 2019 Nelson Algren Award, and “You Would Set Your Jaws Upon My Throat” came in 2nd for Zoetrope: All-Story’s 2019 fiction contest, judged by Tommy Orange. I’ve also been a finalist in fiction contests run by Glimmer Train, Third Coast, Sycamore Review and Beloit Fiction Journal. I teach fiction writing at StoryStudio Chicago and was the former co-host of “Fictlicious,” a quarterly live-lit and music series at the Hideout. I live in Chicago with my wife, Kathryn and our cat Talisker. Both are sweethearts.
Since cat pictures = massive internet popularity, here’s Talisker: