One of my favorite words in the English language is "essay," which I especially appreciate (like most hardcore essayists) in the form of a verb, as in, to write one is to venture, to attempt, to experiment. My forthcoming memoir, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, is a book-length essay that explores the mechanics memory and acceptance in a family haunted by mental illness, addiction, and abuse. It will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2018. My book Sock, part of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons Series, is a celebration of the sublime aspects of the mundane. My shorter essays and stories have appeared in O MagazineTin HouseAgni, the Gettysburg Review and many other places. I'm the editor of The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, and am currently at work on a novel. I have taught at Boston and Brown Universities. CV available upon request.