news and events

October 2, 2021
2:30-3:30 pm
Haystack Book Festival
"The Hidden Lives of Ordinary Things" — Object Lessons Series authors in conversation: Dinah Lenney, Kim Adrian and Matthew Battles

April 11, 2022 pm
University of Hartford
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June 10, 2021 Cambridge
Boston LitCrawl - "The Art of (Writing About) Reading"

April 1, 2021 Online
Arlington Author Salon - "Books about Books"

March 4, 2021 Online
AWP Conference - "Close Readings: Experiments in Bibliomemoir"

September 3, 2020 Online
Brookline Booksmith Reading

August 31, 2020 Online
Essay Daily Salon - "Books About Books"

March 12, 2019 NYC
PageTurners Series - "Head to Toe"

November 29, 2018 University of New Hampshire
Lecture and Reading for UNH Writers' Series

November 4, 2018 Denver
Counterpath Press Reading

November 3, 2018 Phoenix
NonfictioNOW Conference - "Writing the Hermit Crab Essay"

October 30, 2018 San Francisco
Green Apple Books Reading

October 18, 2018 NYC
Shakespeare & Co. Reading

October 2, 2018 Boston
Brookline Booksmith Reading

June 2, 2017 Reykjavik, Iceland
NonfictioNOW Conference - “Microhistories: Writing Deeply About Narrow Subjects.”

April 29, 2016 Boston
The Muse and the Marketplace Writers' Conference - "The Lyric Essay"

April 16, 2016 Boston
The Art of Life After Workshop Series - "Grounded Words: a Body-Centered Workshop for Survivors of Sexual Violence"

January 28, 2016 NYC
McNally Jackson Bookstore Object Lessons Reading

January 2021
Fifteen of my photographs of "found faces" were featured as part of Brevity Magazine's Issue 66. This is my favorite photo from that collection. I found this face in a junkyard in Maine:
December 2020
My essay "Ten Conversations about My Struggle," was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2020. My original title for this essay was "Explaining Knausgaard to My Husband," but the editor at The Gettysburg Review, where it was originally published, didn't find that quite as hilarious as I did. You can read an excerpt—the first few pages—on LitHub.

October 2020
I spoke about the history, liminality, fetishistic possibilities, and humor of socks on Connecticut Public Radio, WNPR. You can listen to it here.