other work


My Thoughts on Paté
Agni | nominated for a Puschart Prize

The Cut
Michigan Quarterly Review

Why Dim Sum Makes Me Feel Tender
Seneca Review | Chinese translation in Writer Magazine 

Famous Cake
Post Road (no.13)


'Gooseberries' and Red Currants
Tin House | nominated for a Pushcart Prize
How to Buy Peaches
Tin House | Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2010

I Wish I Could Write Like Russell Edson

The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet: Excerpts from a Memoir
Agni | nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Last Cookies
New World Writing
Questionnaire for My Grandfather
The Gettysburg Review | anthologized in YOU: Essays Devoted to the Second Person | Chinese translation in Yangtze River Series

Knitting 101
New World Writing
The Ritual
O: the Oprah Magazine (August 2017)

The Maine Review (v.3, no.1)
Five Photographs
Ninth Letter (v.6, no.1) | Special Mention, Pushcart Prize XXXIV

Eight Photographs
New Ohio Review (no.4) | Editors' Prize, New Ohio Review | nominated for  a Pushcart Prize


The Matter of Translation: Wislawa Szymborska's 'Conversation with a Rock'
Gettysburg Review
A Pickle of a Novel: Clarice Lispector's The Passion According to G.H.
Tin House

A Prayer for the Future of Everything: On Oe Kenzaburo
Raritan Review (v.29, no.2)

On Valentin Papadin’s Teach Yourself to Be a Madman
Tin House (v.10, no.1)

Poe’s Death-Watches and the Architecture of Doubt
New England Review (v.27, no.2) | reprinted in Poetry Criticism (v.198)

The Strange Child
A libretto for a chamber opera based on a fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The Strange Child will be composed by Julia Werntz and produced by the Pittsburg-based collective Kamraton in 2020.

The Unfamiliar Reader
An analysis of Karl Ove Knausgaard's six-volume novel My Struggle. The Unfamiliar Reader will be published as part of Fiction Advocate's Afterwords Series.