Other Writing

Excerpts from works in progress:

I’ve finished a novel manuscript about a woman who’s coming to terms with the death of her best childhood friend, many years later. It’s an exploration of the bond between young girls and how that bond can be imperiled as they become women. It’s about the long and unpredictable arc of grief. It’s about the cruelty—and the kindness—within the human heart. It’s inspired by a true story—-mine, and hers.
Read the first chapter.

Short Fiction

Big Ugly Review
“My Butter Likeness,” chosen as the winner of the “And so it begins” contest by Tom Barbash


Huffington Post
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Wild Hope: Field Notes and Images from Nature’s Front Lines
“Hope Is the Thing with Feathers”
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Best Buddhist Writing 2012
featuring an excerpt from Fire Monks

Yoga Journal
“The Search for Enlightenment”

“It’s Cool to Be Grounded”

“In Her Father’s Light” (Q&A with Geeta Iyengar)
“Heroes, Saints, and Sages”
“YJ Interview with Shiva Rae”
“YJ Interview with Angela Farmer”

Shambhala Sun (now Lion’s Roar)
Always Beginner’s Mind: Zen Center at 50 (Sept 2012)
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Alice Walker: The Beautiful Truth (Nov 2013)
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Profile of poet Jane Hirshfield
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From THE PROBLEM OF HAPPINESS, a collection of essays based on the year and a half I spent living and teaching in China:

Something Like a Stone Inside*
How Far Away the Ground*
* Both of these essays were published in literary magazines as stand-alone pieces

San Francisco Chronicle
Review of Mary Karr’s Sinners Welcome


Belief, published in the Poets Against the War anthology, edited by Sam Hamill. I was deeply honored to be included in this collection alongside some of my writing heroes, too many to name them all, but including Jane Hirshfield, Adrienne Rich, Rita Dove, Terry Tempest Williams, and C.K. Williams. Read the story behind the anthology.
Poets Against the War

Sycamore Review
Yellow Silk
Poet Lore
Willow Springs
New Orleans Review
Whiskey Island Review
Spoon River Poetry Review
The Hollins Critic